Whats even rarer than seeing a real Shelby Cobra at a car show? Meeting the original owner of one. One of only seven original Cobra owners, (Carroll Shelby, who was signing autographs at the show, is another), Hank Williams of Fontana, California, has amassed more than 130,000 miles on the 289-powered hardtop he bought for $6,339.29 in 1963. Still wearing its original paint, interior, and American Racing magnesium wheels, the car has survived remarkably well, considering the fact that Williams has raced it in hundreds of road course events over the years. Whats even rarer than seeing a real Shelby Cobra at a car show? Meeting the original A big thrill for us was meeting drag-racing legend Dyno Don Nicholson, who fired up the SOHC 427-powered Ford Maverick that he drove to Fords first ever Pro Stock win at Englishtown Raceway in 1971. He even autographed a photo of himself with the car for us. A big thrill for us was meeting drag-racing legend Dyno Don Nicholson, who fired up the SO The only grass in sight at the show is in the pavilion area, which contained a dazzling array of vintage Ford-powered race cars, including one of the rarest and most valuable Fords ever built: a Shelby Daytona Coupe worth about $5 million (no, thats not a typo). Only six were built in 1964 and 1965 for the sole purpose of beating then-dominant Ferrari in the GT World Championships, a feat it accomplished by winning the World Manufacturers Championship in 1965which remained the only win for an American team until the Dodge Viper repeated the feat several times in the late 90s. Other legendary racecars included a GT-40, several 427 Cobras, and a Thunderbolt, along with a slew of vintage stock cars and representatives from virtually every other motorsports venue Ford has ever competed in. The only grass in sight at the show is in the pavilion area, which contained a dazzling ar Joe Walden and his wife have owned this four-speed 65 Ranchero since it was new, and amazingly, have only racked up about 5,000 miles. Its now equipped with a standard Ford underdash air conditioning unit (inset), which was not available on four-speed Falcons and Rancheros from the factory. Why not? Wed like to think it was because the A/C detracted from the brutal performance advantage of the manual trans, but the real reason was because the underdash control unit got in the way of the gearshift lever. Joe Walden and his wife have owned this four-speed 65 Ranchero since it was new, and Joe solved the problem by putting shims under the shifter lever to tilt it back enough to clear the box, and some dealerships cleverly figured out that they could simply recess the unit closer to the firewall with offset brackets. Yet another of Fords Better Ideas. Joe solved the problem by putting shims under the shifter lever to tilt it back enough to OK, we had to show one goofy old car from the company that brought us Model Ts, Model As, and Edsels. This barnstorming 1921 Model T Speedster is good for about 70 mph on the freeway, which was hauling butt. OK, we had to show one goofy old car from the company that brought us Model Ts, Model As, Back in 1964, Mercury staged an endurance event at Daytona International Speedway to showcase the durability of the divisions cars. Four specially prepped Comets equipped with the 271hp HiPo 289 completed a 100,000-mile durability run around the famed track with an average speed of more than 105 mph. Heres one of them. Back in 1964, Mercury staged an endurance event at Daytona International Speedway to showc Ford built some really kick-ass engines over the years. Three personal favorites are the Boss 429, the SOHC 427 Cammer... Ford built some really kick-ass engines over the years. Three personal favorites are the B ...and any multi-carbed small-block... ...like this 289 with a slew of Webers force-feeding it gasoline and air. However, its always irked us that Fords Kar Kraft skunkworks in Brighton, Michigan, which built the Boss 429 Mustangs, ripped off our name. ...like this 289 with a slew of Webers force-feeding it gasoline and air. However, it The theme of this years Fabulous Fords show was the 35th anniversary of the first-generation Ford Bronco, which we think of as four-wheel drive Mustangs. Built by Bill Stroppe, Big Oly is probably the most famous early Bronco of all time, and one of the most successful in desert racing history, having won the Baja 1000 not once, but twice, in 1971 and 1972. The theme of this years Fabulous Fords show was the 35th anniversary of the first-ge Remember Get Smart? There was a sizable contingent of Sunbeam Tigers in attendance. Powered by a Ford 289 V-8, the Tiger was kind of a poor mans Shelby, which reached the zenith of its fame as the car driven by Agent Maxwell Smart in the 60s TV series. Remember Get Smart ? There was a sizable contingent of Sunbeam Tigers in attendance. Powe Our favorite car of the show was undoubtedly Jerry Utsukis slick round-body 63 Falcon, possibly because it painfully reminded us of the lost potential of our own 63 Falcon that was recently stolen. The shaved door handles, subtly reshaped rear wheel arches, and trick custom dash and console were too cool for words, but well be featuring this car in a future issue, so youll see what we mean. Our favorite car of the show was undoubtedly Jerry Utsukis slick round-body 63 Betcha thought we missed the Mustang section, huh? What better way to put a Boss 429 to use than to stuff it into a 94 Mustang, like Fords Special Vehicle Team and Roush Technologies did when this car was new. The car ran low 11s on street tires and got lots of exposure with its Boss is Back campaign theme, but frankly, we wish theyd build a production car that fast. What better way to put a Boss 429 to use than to stuff it into a 94 Mustang, like Fo Weve been to some big car shows over the years, but the Fabulous Fords Forever show in Anaheim, California, takes the prize for the most impressive outpouring of single-brand loyalty weve ever seen for its sheer ability to pack a ton of awesome cars into a very short day. How many other shows do you know that can attract 1,500-plus cars to a five-hour show in a parking lot on a Sunday afternoon? Registration is sold out a month in advance, and they dont even have a drag race, a swap meet, or a manufacturers midway! Held annually at Knotts Berry Farm for the past 16 years, Fabulous Fords has one thing going for it that most others dont: full backing and promotion from Ford Motor Company. Thats impressive, as are the scope and quality of cars that show up. Needless to say, there were a few Mustangs in attendancealong with a few Shelbys, a couple of Fairlanes, Thunderbirds, Falcons, and Galaxies. Oh yeah, there were also some trucks and Model Ts, but we pretty much ignored them. If Ford made it, no matter how rare, there will probably be at least one example present. If you love Fords, this is a show youll want to attend at least once in a blue moon. For info on next years show, contact Fabulous Fords Forever at P.O. Box 2086, Downey, CA 90242, 562/862-9311, www.fordcarclubs.org. Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!