Drag Racing Highlighted 2023 Fabulous Fords Forever Event

It was a very busy gear head Sunday April 16 around Southern California with the Long Beach Grand Prix final, the big Orange Plaza Car Show and the 37th annual Fabulous Fords Forever (FFF) conclave at the Irwindale Speedway sponsored by the Ford Car Club Council all on the same day.

With so many great venues to choose LCOC members’ loyalty was divided, but some made the trek to Irwindale for a fun day under warm and hazy sunshine. 

Jim Ayres, left, and Steve Spears compare Mark VII notes.
Kay and Dale Derstine take a rest break inside their Mark III.

Lincolns of several eras were displayed including one 1963 sedan that has been in the Stephenson family for three generations since new and lovingly restored.

Others ranged from slabsides to Marks, sedans and hybrids.

Taking advantage of its location, this year’s FFF added drag racing for show participants. The roar of unmuffled gas burners barreling down the track contrasted sharply with a new Ford EV Lightning truck whispering its way to the finish line.

Pro racers competed along with Sunday amateurs from local car clubs and a good time was had by all including the spectators.

The fastest time was turned in by a Texas-built modified 1961 Ford racer called Old Yeller, which covered the distance in just 5.85 seconds on its best run.  Top speed was 122 mph turned in by a different vehicle. If you weren’t able to attend but enjoy drag racing, visit the speedway on Thursday evenings where a $40 fee gives you access to the track and timer.

The most unique vehicle on display was the Strip Stars movie car, a show-stopper from every angle.

Milestone vehicle anniversaries at this year’s FFF included the Ford Model A (95 years), the Edsel (65 years) and the Cobra Jet (55 years). A special commemorative medallion honoring the three vehicles was given to exhibitors.

As usual, Mustangs of all ages predominated at the show, but some were more tricked out than others.

A large contingent of trucks included one red stunner that made it all the way from Jalisco, Mexico.

The ever-popular Bronco was well represented with customized examples limited only by their owners’ imagination!

Nothing says Ford more than the favorites below. Adding in food, vendors and networking made this Ford family affair a great way to spend a Sunday.

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