Tom Wilson
November 1, 2009
Photos By: KJ Jones

Featured vehicles were nicely displayed on the central grass area, and we were pleased to see some old friends and feature cars honored there. Worries about losing cars or people to the big 45th Mustang anniversary, held the same weekend in Birmingham, Alabama, proved predictably groundless (California is a long, long way from the eastern states). Some who were able even commuted, including Steve Saleen who indulged in his airline travel fetish to appear in Alabama on Saturday and Knott's on Sunday. We still find it odd to see Saleen Mustangs over there and Steve Saleen over here signing autographs in the SMS booth.

Speaking of booths, Roush continues to make an 18-wheeler presence, along with Shelby Automobiles and Ford Racing. But that's mainly it for commercial presentations-other than Ford-as Knott's has been faithfully kept commercial-free. It's a show for the people.

We didn't hear a total car count this year, but attendance was obviously strong. Our only thought is where are all the 2010 Mustangs going to park next year?

Horse Sense: Due to illness, we arrived just as the show opened and left right at the close, thus missing the parade of Fords as they filed in and the Blue Oval traffic jam as they rushed the exits. Definitely the most dynamic times of the day, we'll make a point to get there early next year.

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