Evan J. Smith
Mustang360 Network Content Director
August 1, 2008
Photos By: Peter S. Linney

Many events claim to have the largest this or the largest that, but few, if any, can compare with Fabulous Fords Forever, the one-day all-Ford car show held each year on the grounds of Knott's Berry Farm, the popular amusement park located near Los Angeles. This year's event marked the 23rd annual running, and it combined a perfect SoCal day with 1,832 preregistered cars and over 1,500 in actual attendance-and admission is free to spectators. Amazingly, this show includes more than 30 clubs and a serious showing from Ford's Western Region Communications office, which has been involved since the event's inception.

If you plan to see the whole show, you better get there early. We arrived at 6 a.m., and the train of cars was lined up a half-mile long. After a quick Grand Slam breakfast at the local Denny's, photographer Peter Linney and I headed to the main entrance to scope out the Ford fleet as the gates opened promptly at 7:00 a.m. The flock entered on cue, and by 9:00 a.m., the lot was filled with cars and a mass of spectators.

Model: Cassie Weaver

The '08 celebration focused on the 100th year of the Model T, along with the Torino (40 years) and 60 years of F-Series trucks. But no single model had a greater showing than the Mustang, which seemed to be everywhere and in all styles, colors, and types. There were 1,002 on the property! I'd be hard pressed to believe there wasn't an example of each year, type, or powerplant.

As if the plethora of FoMoCo iron wasn't enough, there were a host of dignitaries on hand. We randomly bumped into Parnelli Jones; Molly and Liz Saleen, as well as their famous father/husband, Steve, who we hear just completed filming of a new Fast and Furious movie. In addition, we spotted Mustang racing legend Gas Ronda; Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas; Marques McCammon, the new general manager of Saleen; and hundreds of faithful MM&FF readers. Ford Racing Performance Parts, Shelby, and Roush were poised with big trailers and many cars on display. Ford also brought out three Bullitt Mustangs (of course, one was a replica), a trio of Cobra Rs, and many other specialty vehicles.

Along with enjoying the sea of Mustangs, we had the task of finding hot West Coast feature cars. With the help of ace photog Peter Linney and our newest model, Cassie Weaver, it was a breeze. We scoured the lots and found hot Cobras, Police Interceptors, GTs, LXs, and enough S197s to last a lifetime. In the end, we locked in on a dozen or so cars that you'll get to see in upcoming issues of MM&FF. So kick back, enjoy the photos, and if you live out West, be sure to check us out in 2009 at the 24th Annual Fab Fords Forever show.