Early Mustangs of the 2017 Fabulous Fords Forever Show at Knotts Berry Farm
The Largest All-Ford show on the West coast had participants in Mustangs, street rods, to Broncos, and everything in-between
For the last 32 years, the West coast’s largest All-Ford car show, Fabulous Fords Forever, has taken place in the parking lot across the street from Knotts Berry Farm, the less crowded and smaller theme park a few miles away from Disneyland. Known as “the Knotts show” to most Ford fans, FFF is always the place to be in the month of April for everything Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, and Merkur.
This year’s show, held on Sunday April 30, was slightly smaller than last years, due to an ongoing expansion of the water park that shares the parking area, but there were still roughly 1,700 Fords in the show, all of them organized into sections. For instance, all the 1965-1966 Mustangs are in one row, ’67-’68 in another, ’69-’70s on another row—you get the idea. There was a huge collection of early Broncos as well, and collections of Mustang IIs, Crown Vic police cars, a few street rods, and anything else that you would associate with the word “Ford.”
Part of the show every year are the celebrities in attendance, holding autograph sessions and talks. The biggest name this year was probably Sebastien Bourdais, on of the drivers that wheeled the Ford GT (which was in attendance as well) to the victory at LeMans in 2016 and this year’s Daytona 24 Hours. Also on hand were designer Camilo Pardo, former Mustang Monthly editor Donald Farr selling autographed copies of his new book "Ford Mustang: America's Original Pony Car," celebrated auto photographer Tom Loeser with his and Donald’s book "Art of the Mustang, "Linda Vaughn promoting her book (written by yours truly) "Linda Vaughn, the First Lady of Motorsports," Steve Saleen, and Donny Caccamise and Tom Spence, hosts of the national Horsepower for an Hour radio show.
Check out the photo gallery below of all the early Mustangs that were at this year’s Fabulous Fords Forever!