Fabulous Fords Forever: Celebrating the best of the blue oval

This 1956 Crown Vic owned by Sandra Simpkin was beautifully restored. Chromed to perfection, to replace the curved glass roof would set you back thousands of dollars today. The interior was just as cherry as the exterior.

Every year for the past 27 years, the Ford Car Club Council, along with Ford’s western region division, has thrown the biggest party for Ford vehicles in the country called Fabulous Fords Forever.

The event takes place in the parking lot across the street from another Southern California icon, Knott’s Berry Farm.

What makes it an event worth returning to year after year is the celebration of milestone anniversaries. For 2012, the event highlighted the 45th anniversary of the Mercury Cougar, the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Cobra, the 80th anniversary of the 1932 Ford V8, and the 55th anniversary of the Edsel.

Close to 1,900 vehicles were registered, and the variety of vehicles included Mustangs, Broncos, T-Birds, Models T and A, Cougars, Lincolns, Cobras, and more than 51 Ford exotics and race cars from America and Europe. Don’t forget about all the trucks from Ford’s extensive pickup history that were there as well.

In addition to the vehicles, a slew of celebrities were signing autographs and entertaining the crowds. The entire John Force family came out to meet and greet, as well as icons Linda Vaughn, Parnelli Jones, and Steve Saleen.

Two big trophies are handed out at the event:

Johna Pepper Trophy for the best car (Pepper was a Ford executive who founded FFF in 1985.) The award was presented by Henry Ford III to Skip Humphrey for his 1972 Cougar XR7 convertible.

Bill Stroppe Trophy for best truck (Bill Stroppe was a driver/builder/racer for Ford). The award was presented by Bill’s son Willie and Henry Ford III to Duane Kennedy for his 1967 Ford Bronco.

All Photos by Scott Killeen/Team Killeen

The Edsel was well represented at the show. Wagons, sedans and even this rare 1958 Pacer convertible were on display. Little known fact: Actress Kim Novak, who starred in the Sinatra movie “Pal Joey,” was used as a celebrity endorsement for this “newest thing on wheels.”


La Carrera Panamericana originally was one of the most dangerous road races in the world. It ran border to border in Mexico, and only lasted four years. This 1954 Lincoln Capri entry ran a modified replica race in 2005 and 2006.


Ford’s best-selling compact pickup, the Ranger, sadly is going away, but enthusiasts are still customizing them. This is a great example with moon disc wheels and fat rubber.


More pictures next page.