The Ford Western Region Car Club Council's "Fabulous Ford's Forever" one-day outdoor "Ford-a-ganza," which takes place at Buena Park, California's Knott's Berry Farm Old Time Adventures Amusement Park, turned 21 this past April 9. At an age when many established car shows seem to be a little long in the tooth, the Ford Western Region Car Club Council and the folks from Ford's Western Region Public Relations office work hard at keeping this event fresh and interesting.
For example, rather than park all the Mustangs-which annually account for over half the total entries-in one place, Ford Western Region Car Club Council President Mark Boudrie and his all-volunteer staff parked the early-model Mustangs and Shelbys on the western side of Knott's expansive Independence Hall parking lot, while all the late-model ponycars set up shop on the southern side of the complex.
And speaking of late-model Mustangs, here are a few quick facts.
Of the 1,680 special-interest Fords pre-entered, Mustangs accounted for more than 60 percent.
Of that number, late-model Mustangs made up at least 40 percent of the total.
Crunching the numbers even harder, all you had to do was take a look around to see that a good 15-20 percent of the late-model Mustang count were '05-'06 models.
Late-model Mustang specialty houses like Saleen, Roush, and yes, now Shelby Automobiles Inc. (which showed off its new supercharged and intercooled "CS6" Mustang), set up shop at Fab Ford's Forever, and it was standing-room only.
Judging from the large amount of modified Mustangs on hand, it was apparent that fifth-generation owners don't have any problem modifying and customizing these new cars, with shining examples being exhibited by tuner shops/parts retailers like Bling Inc., Chicane Sport Tuning, Kreative Kustoms, Muscle Motors, the Throttle Stop, Ultimate Image, and others.
This little orange and silver...
This little orange and silver '86 Mustang is owned by Wolford Heights, California's Gary Bacon. The '86 features a two-tone Auto Air Colors orange and silver water-base paint job, a full-house 5.0, and a custom interior.
This black Roush Mustang is...
This black Roush Mustang is owned by the SDMC's T. Marshall. The car features upgraded suspension, trick graphics, bigger brakes, and a warmed-over mod motor. The car is real nice.
You're looking at Steve McCord's...
You're looking at Steve McCord's red and black '06 Mustang GT. The car features a fully polished engine compartment with a Vortech supercharger and Aftercooler, and 20-inch wheels. Steve is the manager at Galpin Ford in Sepulveda, California.
The folks who own this lineup...
The folks who own this lineup of eight '05-'06 Mustangs call themselves the "Green Car Registry." The group welcomes all '05-'06 Legend Lime Mustang owners, and can be contacted by logging on to www.legendlimeregistry.com.
This black and silver late-model...
This black and silver late-model '05 Vortech supercharged Mustang GT features custom air-ride suspension, 22s, and a whole lot more. It's owned by Covina, California's Daniel Quintana.
Domestic Performance & Restoration...
Domestic Performance & Restoration (DPR) had a bunch of cars entered at Fab Fords Forever, and what do fast cars attract? Good-looking ladies (left).