Justin Fivella
May 27, 2014

Simply put, no other Ford show comes close in size or variety to the Fabulous Fords Forever show held every April at the Knotts Berry Farm amusement park in Buena Park, California. Two-thousand-fourteen marked the 29th year, and nearly 2,000 examples from Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and other rare marquees like Anglia and Edsel descended upon sunny SoCal for a day of automotive awesomeness.

Fans enjoyed machines from the Model T through 100 years of Ford iron including the 2015 Mustang and the new aluminum F-150. How diverse was the show? Try everything from a variety of Mustangs. Cougars and Fairlanes to Galaxies, T-birds, Falcons, Pintos, Broncos, everything from SVT and more. Fabulous Fords Forever is so colossal that 44 different clubs participated, and it took a team of 214 volunteers to make the show a success. In other words, show goers aren’t overwhelmed by a haphazard collection of vehicles randomly parked about, but rather the show is laid out in an organized manner broken into body styles—which means if Fox-body Mustangs are your thing, simply head for that area and avoid all the fluff.

As always, Mustangs were the dominant vehicle, as nearly 1,000 examples were in attendance. Speaking of Mustangs, 2014 was a big year for the Pony, as FoMoCo celebrated 50 years of the Mustang by displaying Mustang number one, assembled on March 9, 1964 and parked it next to a silver 2015 Ford Mustang GT. Enthusiasts didn’t disappoint either with rare iron like Shelbys and even a Boss 429 along with plenty of modern rarities like the JBA Dominator, a 2000 Mustang SVT Cobra R and plenty of other cool ponies. Other noteworthy commemorations included 55 years of the Galaxie and 75 years of Mercury.

Ford Racing, Shelby, Roush, Saleen, Nitto Tire, Galphin Auto Sports and many other big name companies were on hand as were famous faces from the industry. The lovely First Lady of Racing, Linda Vaughn and Cleo Shelby, along with Molly Saleen made the day even brighter. Other racing and industry legends included 12-hours of Sebring winner, Scott Pruett and Formula Drift champion, Justin Pawlak represented the current, while the legendary Parnelli Jones and his teammate George Follmer (who drove championship-winning Mustangs), along with drag racing legends Butch Leal and Larry Knapp, Wille Stroppe of Bill Stroppe Racing, Bill Ford III and Steve Saleen were on hand meeting show-goers, sharing their stories and signing autographs. For Mustang fans this a piece of heaven.

You get the idea; this is the biggest (and for many), the best one-day FoMoCo show on the planet. Then again, what would you expect from a show that’s presented by Ford Motor Company itself and run by the Ford Car Club Council. Seriously, if you haven’t made a Fabulous Fords Forever show yet, make the trek, no matter how far you have to travel—it’s worth the effort. Oh yeah, and here’s the kicker, there’s no price of admission. That’s right, it’s legendary and it’s free; now you don’t have any excuses. See you all there next year!

For more information visit www.fabulousfordsforever.com

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