Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
May 7, 2017

The Knotts Berry Farm show is called Fabulous Fords Forever, and while the bulk of the participant cars are Mustangs, Ford and its Lincoln/Mercury division built a boatload of cars and trucks that are not our favorite model. Knotts is the best place in the Western half of the country to see every example of the Blue Oval’s scope, and that’s what we’re bringing you here—a 266-photo gallery of everything that did not have a galloping pony emblem on it.

As with the rest of the Fabulous Fords Forever show, each type of vehicle (and in the case of Mustangs, each generation) is parked together. So for instance, if all you care about are Falcons, they’re all in one long row. That makes it easy to plant yourself among the cars and/or generations of your interest at first, then once you’ve checked them all out you can walk some more rows and take in other types of Fords. If you want to see everything and spend any quality time in each area, it can be tough since the one-day show goes from only 9:00am to 3:00pm, and once 3:00 o’clock hits, everybody skedaddles out of the show and makes their way home in a long and entertaining exodus from the parking lot.

Of particular interest—though we ran out of time to get much photography of them—was a collection of Broncos right up front by the entrance. The early Broncos (1966-1977) have increased in value to absolutely insane levels and there were a gang of them at Knotts, as well as examples of the later generations. Back to cars, there were a shocking number of Falcons this year, as well as Galaxies, Pintos (including one in the gallery below that was covered in 1-inch-square mirrors!), Cougars, Mavericks, Torinos, Crown Vics (many of which were former police cars), vans, several Focus and Fiesta groups, and even a few early SHO Taurus and Probe models. But perhaps the most interesting and idea-generating groups of cars to this author were the number of super-clean Fairmonts. These are Fox-body Mustangs with grandma’s grocery-getter skin and make for easy-to-build street sleepers that can easily carry the whole Griswold clan to Wally World.

So check out this gallery of all things non-Mustang from the 2017 Fabulous Fords Forever at Knotts Berry Farm, which took place on Sunday April 30, for your own inspiration or entertainment. And we’ll see you next year?

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