Justin Fivella
May 2, 2017
Photos By: Stephen Brooks

In time-honored tradition, FoMoCo fans from all over the world descend upon sunny Southern California every April for what is widely regarded as the largest and most diverse all FoMoCo show on earth.

Think we’re exaggerating? Think not, this year nearly 1,700 FoMoCo vehicles made their way to Knott’s Berry Farm, where the event is held each spring. Mustangs of course represented the largest number of cars, as 1,030 Mustangs from the very first 1964-1/2s on up to 2017 models and every model year in between came out in full force. But focusing on just the Mustang would be to sell this show short since, as mentioned, this show is about FoMoCo diversity—where else can you see nearly every FoMoCo product made from the Model T to prototypes not yet released?

Stay tuned for the full feature on Moises Barragan’s 1985 LX coupe that features a minitub kit with custom wide wheels, Wilwood brakes on all corners, a custom cage, Maximum Motorsports suspension, and a flawless engine bay.
Here’s a closer look at the shaved bay with the built and fully polished 306 that’s fed by a ProCharger blower and outfitted with plenty of top-shelf accessories. Oh yeah, it makes north of 600whp too.

This year nearly 100 Broncos showed, 53 Lightning and Raptors made it out, as did 35 Mercury Cougars, 28 Crown Victorias, and many more marques and platforms from all the Blue Oval companies. The weather may be continually warm in Buena Park, California, but the cars at the Fabulous Fords Forever show are always hotter.

Now in its 32nd year, the show affectionately known as, Knott’s attracts enthusiasts from all over the U.S., including Texas and even British Columbia. The Ford Car Club Council presents the show each year and thankfully they not only have the support of Ford Motor Company, but a long list of members; this year 241 club member volunteers helped make the show a reality.

More than just cars, all the big names in the business make it out for a giant vendor row as well, like Ford Performance, Roush, Shelby American, Edelbrock, Lucas Oil, Nitto Tire, Vortech Superchargers, Wilwood brakes, and many more. You can always count on some industry legends and stars dropping in too, and this year was no different as attendees got to meet the lovely Linda Vaughn, Cleo Shelby, the designer of the 2005/2006 Ford GT Camilo Pardo, and winning Ford driver, Sebastien Bourdais.

Arnold Orantes’ 2016 Roush Stage 2 ’vert not only rocks serial no. 1, but he also had to order the car from Detroit since it was such a unique request. Eight months later this beauty arrived, and since then, he’s added Roush Stage 3 coilovers and Phase 2 supercharger upgrade, vented brake rotors, custom one-off Vossen wheels with Toyo tires, carbon under-hood bits, custom steering wheel with paddle shifters, Braum seats, carbon interior parts, roll bar and exterior wrap to keep the rare ride preserved.

Each year the Ford Motor Council celebrates FoMoCo birthdays, and this year everyone raised a toast to 55 years of the Shelby Cobra, 50 years of the Mercury Cougar, and 85 years of the Flathead Ford V8.

I know we sound like broken records each year as we stress the importance of adding this show to your Fast Ford bucket list, but seriously, this is a must-attend event, no matter how far away you might live.

The Fabulous Fords Forever show is one of the few places on earth you’ll see dozens of Shelby GT350 and GT350Rs parked in a single area.

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