This past weekend I woke early and made tracks for the biggest Single Manufacturer car show in So Cal. Yup, not much gets me up early on sleep in day quite like a good car show. This show is not one to disappoint. From survivors to customs to the ridiculous you’ll find a good cross section of Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Edsels to delight and amaze. Or just have a nice stroll down memory lane remembering Grandpa’s old Ford.
The run away favorite for me was the incredile Thunderbird Low Rider that claimed title of Best of Show for me. Through much effort mechanically and with shocking paint treatment turned this old classic into an amazing custom that looks more like some sort of science fiction transport than what the original did.
More picture and running commentary after the jump…
New cars were well represented with a variety of nice custom treatments. Of particular interest to me was this Fiesta ST cloned into an R5 Rally car, something not for sale in the US but popular in the EU.
This year marked the 40th anniversary of the “Van Culture” wherein custom vans became mini-RVs and dens of lust during the disco era. An interesting time and a counterpoint to the “personal luxury” cars of the era. These basic vans had tons of money poured into custom velour interiors and murals on their flanks.
The 4th generation Thunderbird was my favorite. Produced from 1964-66 they were not full fledged barges but personal luxury cars that were nicely optioned out yet had sporty pretentions as least.
This one is interesting in that the humble little 1972 Pinto Wagon had its wimpy 4cylinder yanked out and a V8 stuffed into the tiny engine bay. I admire the engineering that went into getting it to fit, but really…
More pics by my of some select favorites from the Fabulous Fords Forever car show can be found in a Flickr Album.