Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
April 25, 2018

Thirty three years. That’s how long the Ford Car Club Council has been putting on the Fabulous Fords Forever show, bringing Fords of all types together on the West Coast in Southern California.

The gates to Knott’s Berry Farm’s enormous parking lot open at 7:00 am the Sunday of the one-day show, at which point the entire area around Knotts is teaming with all kinds of Ford vehicles, predominantly Mustangs but including Fairlanes, Mavericks, Galaxies, and every other model of Ford/Lincoln/Mercury/Merkur you can imagine. The show is $45 to enter a vehicle but is completely free for spectators (it always has been), and goes until 3:00 in the afternoon, at which point all the cars fire up and head out of the park in a parade that would make any Ford fan pull out a lawn chair and be entertained.

This year’s show, held on April 15, 2018, had roughly 1,600 Fords on the show field, with special celebrations of 115 years of the Ford Motor Company, 115 years of the Model T, 90 Years of the Model A, 70 years of the F-Series Truck, 60 years of the Edsel, and 50 years of the Cobra Jet, including a bunch of Ford stars such as Al Joniec (with the ’68.5 Cobra Jet he won the 1968 Winternationals with!), Camilo Pardo, and our own Donald Farr and Tom Wilson.

Fabulous Fords Forever always takes place in April, so make plans now for the 2019 event, and bring the kids along—if they get bored looking at cars, they can go to the Knotts Berry Farm amusement park across the street.

Cobra Jets at Knotts

In celebration of 50 Years of Cobra Jets, the grassy lawn area buy the main stage featured a gang of original Cobra Jet Mustangs, Fairlanes, and even a 1968 Cougar CJ, but the CJ that got our attention the most was the group of cars brought by Brent Hajek and George Boskovich, with drivers Al Joniec, Jim Waldo, and John Calvert present. We even got Joniec and Linda Vaughn to recreate their 1968 Winternationals Victory Lane photo!

Miss Hurst Golden Shifter Linda Vaughn (left) and 1968 Winternationals winner (and first in a Cobra Jet) Al Joniec recreating their famous 1968 Victory Lane photo. On the right is Judy Keen, a friend of Linda’s and ours as a stand-in for the 1968 race queen.
Ford collector Brent Hajek now owns Al’s 1968 winning car, as well as the 2008 CJ that won the 2009 Winternationals.
Joniec’s original Certificate to Ownership of one now-famous Mustang.
Al and the ladies with car owner Brent Hajek (left).

Cobra Jets at Knotts

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The early Mustangs of the Knotts Berry Farm Ford Show

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