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Fabulous Fords Forever 2021, Sunday, June 13th - Who’s in????
As many already know, the former “Knott’s” show has been resuscitated and has relocated to Irwindale Raceway for this, the 35th annual event. In keeping with tradition, I am trying to assemble a weekend of Mustang activities and I am reaching out to all who might be interested in attending to step up to the plate NOW to confirm your interest before I invest time and effort in organizing the details.
We ARE going and hope to put together a weekend similar to the old Knott’s event that is an enjoyable experience for all. For those not familiar with this show, it is a one day event open to all Ford and Ford powered vehicles. Historically turn out has been north of 1600 cars though with the change in venue and the lost COVID year, I have no way of knowing what sort of turnout this year will bring. As it has been an integral part of the Mustang hobby for Californians and some of our road warrior friends from out of state, I encourage you all to make room on your calendars for this year’s event.
Recapping past Knott’s weekends, those of us in NorCal caravan down, gather for a group dinner with our SoCal and out of state Mustang friends and return to the Hotel to socialize until lights out. Saturday, typically is a free choice day with a group dinner at a local restaurant and more socializing at the Hotel until lights out. (If memory serves, the Saturday dinner has had as many as 40 people attending.) Sunday is the show and at the end of the day, those who are not packing it in get together for a farewell group dinner at a local restaurant leaving for home sometime Monday.
Details will follow if there is enough interest.
For now, the event web site with on line registration can be found at:
Rather than the Marriott in Monrovia suggested by the event organizers, we have booked a room a few miles away from the show venue at the Courtyard Marriott in Pasadena’s Historic District that has secure parking as that is usually a concern for this crowd. This Hotel has a guarded parking structure for our cars and a couple of on-site spots for trailers. The Hotel site can be found at:
Courtyard Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town
Being centrally located in the Historic District, there are dozens of restaurants within 3 to 5 blocks of the Hotel so we should be able to avoid starvation!
Before I can make a planning effort in earnest, I need to know how many of you will be joining in for this year’s event. So clear your calendars and let me know who is coming. So far I have 4 “Yes” and 2 “Maybe” responses. I need your responses by May 8th.

Thanks.
 

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I posted about this awhile ago. The flyer is different. do they still plan to charge 15.00 for spectators? I think that will kill the attendance.
 

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Thanks for the heads up. I will not be attending but will share the poster and spread the word. Brian
 

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I might be coming down, since they are charging to get in, do you know if they will be charging for parking?
 

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Didn't know this was happening, I might consider coming down Saturday night for the Sunday show. I'll check the hotel out.
 

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I was not aware that it was changing venues. Did Knotts bail out on FFF or was it caused by COVID or both? Anyhow, it's good to hear that it will be happening this year. I just assumed it was going 2022 before FFF came back. I'd like to go if I am in town.
 

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I'd like to go, but with a busted engine that I can't work on right now, and the fact that I used up all my leave for a fractured vertebrae, I'm going to have to miss it. Saving my time for HAN 2021. Hope those who go have a good time. Charging for spectators? That'll hurt.
 

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I was surprised to see this too - at Irwindale. April of 2019 (before COVID) it changed venues from Knotts to Angeles stadium. Irwindale is a heck of a drive from south Orange County. Yeah, it's only 40 miles but that could be three hours in southern Cal traffic. Even on a Saturday. But I'll likely still go :)
 

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Fabulous Fords Forever 2021, Sunday, June 13th - Who’s in????
As many already know, the former “Knott’s” show has been resuscitated and has relocated to Irwindale Raceway for this, the 35th annual event. In keeping with tradition, I am trying to assemble a weekend of Mustang activities and I am reaching out to all who might be interested in attending to step up to the plate NOW to confirm your interest before I invest time and effort in organizing the details.
We ARE going and hope to put together a weekend similar to the old Knott’s event that is an enjoyable experience for all. For those not familiar with this show, it is a one day event open to all Ford and Ford powered vehicles. Historically turn out has been north of 1600 cars though with the change in venue and the lost COVID year, I have no way of knowing what sort of turnout this year will bring. As it has been an integral part of the Mustang hobby for Californians and some of our road warrior friends from out of state, I encourage you all to make room on your calendars for this year’s event.
Recapping past Knott’s weekends, those of us in NorCal caravan down, gather for a group dinner with our SoCal and out of state Mustang friends and return to the Hotel to socialize until lights out. Saturday, typically is a free choice day with a group dinner at a local restaurant and more socializing at the Hotel until lights out. (If memory serves, the Saturday dinner has had as many as 40 people attending.) Sunday is the show and at the end of the day, those who are not packing it in get together for a farewell group dinner at a local restaurant leaving for home sometime Monday.
Details will follow if there is enough interest.
For now, the event web site with on line registration can be found at:
Rather than the Marriott in Monrovia suggested by the event organizers, we have booked a room a few miles away from the show venue at the Courtyard Marriott in Pasadena’s Historic District that has secure parking as that is usually a concern for this crowd. This Hotel has a guarded parking structure for our cars and a couple of on-site spots for trailers. The Hotel site can be found at:
Courtyard Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town
Being centrally located in the Historic District, there are dozens of restaurants within 3 to 5 blocks of the Hotel so we should be able to avoid starvation!
Before I can make a planning effort in earnest, I need to know how many of you will be joining in for this year’s event. So clear your calendars and let me know who is coming. So far I have 4 “Yes” and 2 “Maybe” responses. I need your responses by May 8th.

Thanks.
Got my info today in the mail.
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Okay...who all went? I'm seeing online that entrance and parking were an absolute nightmare. True?
 

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I saw on faceybook that some had prepaid tickets, but the line getting in was so bad they just left. Would love to see some pictures of the event. So they claimed that the move from the berry farm was because the parking lot was getting smaller because of the water park expansion. So they had 1000 to 1200 at Irwindale. Sounds like a poor excuse to me.
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2013 at the berry farm water park parking lot.

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I obviously don't know what the economics of that event was to Knotts. I suspect there was very little crossover of people going to the auto event and deciding to then drop the $$ to spend the rest of the day in the park. More likely they saw a boost in fried chicken dinners and boysenberry pie sales and may have broke even.

I think that event predated the Knott family sale of the park to a larger corporate entity. It's nice it lasted as long as it did there

Better choice of venue would probably be somewhere like the Orange County fairgrounds in Costa Mesa or the LA County Fairgrounds. They have more experiance making something like a large car show work.
 

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Cedar Fair Entertainment out of Ohio bought Knottsberry in 1997.....

I knew about the move to Irwindale in late 2019. Some of the senior COCOA orange county members are in tight with the
Ford Car Club Council, which manages the Fabulous Fords show and that's how I heard.
 

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More likely they saw a boost in fried chicken dinners and boysenberry pie sales and may have broke even.
Or selling a stale hamburger, a bag of chips and a lukewarm can of generic soda to the attendees of FFF for $16 would have been a boost to the bottom line.
 

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I was there and parking was no joke a horror show. I can absolutely see why the casual fan would just bail on the event. We ended up getting out of the line waiting to get in and parked a good 20-25 walking mins away and trekked it there. I would say the move to Irwindale sucks… nowhere near the amount of cars that showed up to knotts in previous years or even Angel stadium. Also, at knotts they had the lots broken up in sections of eras and cars. Looked to me like it was a free for all at Irwindale. I get this is still a weird year and all, but I really hope they find a better venue next year.
 

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Having attended more than one race there, it knew it was going to be a mess.....
 

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There used to be a cruise for the cure event at the OC fairgrounds. (may still be going on) It was a good venue. They did it in the fairgrounds not just the parking lot. Trees, shade etc it was nice.
Pomona could be good if if it was inside the fairgrounds not just using the parking lot like the swap meet does.

Don't know the economics. I suspect these were considered before selecting irwindale.
 

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Here are the my shots from the show. It really sucked for the spectators. Wasnt planned right
Only 1 way in and out. Waiting for hrs I heard. I feel they shouldn’t of charged for parking because of the lack of taking on account the file coming in. And food vendors long long lines not enough to accommodate. Other wises bad ass rides
 

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Thank you for the reply Guido. There are always nice rides at the show, but the point is to show them off. I see little or few spectators, and that is the point of a show. They need to figure it out and fix it. Next year they cannot use covid as an excuse.

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