2007: About 1000 cars showed up for John Force's Holiday car
show. The annual event regularly draws some 20,000 fans to the
massive JFR facility in Yorba Linda, CA. With the loss of Eric
Medlin early in the season and John's major accident at Dallas,
this year a little different but still festive. The entire JFR
family was on hand to greet all the visitors and host an amazing
assortment of hotrods and other show cars. Also on display was
most of the Force car collection and museum.
Here are just
a few overview shots of the day from John Ewald and Tom West.
John made his
appearance as the event was in full swing and was greeted as
the legend he is.
A view of the
"showroom" ( JRF is located in an ex-Lexus dealership)
from the "John's Bar" terrace.
& Ashley Force. If nothing else, this has been a dramatic
weight loss program for The Champ.
John Ewald took
the chance to snap a few while everyone was down at the autograph
office is across from John's, loaded with stuff already.
Everywhere, in every
corner is memorabilia of Force Racing.
This is the signing contingent
starting with Laurie Force in the front. John is there talking
and playing the crowd, as you might expect. He does it pretty
well, we'd have to say.
we have Ashley and the Force girls, preceded by Robert Height's
daughter, who was pretty much just using up Ashley's handouts.
Height is looking on, with Lew Arrington, Jr. in the back taking
Here is the signing, starting
with Laurie Force on the right, next to Robert's daughter. The
guy standing is Ashley's fiance, for all those of you who follow
such things ...
can see a bit of the crowd lined up to get their various items
signed by the Force contingent. This deal was busy pretty much
the whole time, and John kept it going until the line was gone.
They did really try to take care of everyone.
is a look back up the line of folks waiting to get all sorts
of things signed by Team Force. I really liked the idea that
it was pretty respectful going both ways at this event. Force
really has a following out there that is unequaled in the sport.
Another group shot of the autograph
session. Next to Robert Hight is Mike Neff, ex-Scelzi Crew Chief
who is now the other Team Force driver. He slipped through the
cracks on the earlier shots.
more happy customers taking away bunches of e-bay material from
the autograph session. Here you see Austin Coil and Bernie Fedderly,
John's main brain trust, followed by Guido Antonelli, Ashley's
crew chief, Tom McEwen, who I am sure you have heard of, Jimmy
Shine, the custom builder. I am a little vague on the next names,
but following Shine was an actor, whose face I recognized but
I never really got the name, followed by two of the "Housewives
of Orange County," out there justifying the high divorce
rate. On the L you can see Gas Ronda, who certainly doesn't appear
to be anywhere near his real age of 81. The two guys on the end
are Lugg Nutz and Stattman Caruthers from the SpeedFreaks Radio
is a shot of Force heading out to the session. I think that his
hands much be messed up enough that he couldn't take part in
the actual signing. If you wanted to record the audio, you would
have had a running commentary going, so we know his throat wasn't
used to be the dealership roof when John bought this building
is now the "storage room of old cars and toys".
rolled, it was there. Of course the mobile In-N-Out and Budweiser
rigs were huge hits.
Millar was all set up with the cool stuff from DRAGcartoons.
JFR Race Station store.
Ronda and Cindy Gibbs.
Chevy's were the highlighted cars this year...there was a bunch
red and white tents way in the back of this shot are where the
autograph tables were located. The line wrapped around the building
to the right.
great to see Bob Severs of Paint N Place fame out and about riding
with John Eagan and son Jerry.
close with some Tom West shots of the various wheels on display
at the show.
a favorite, the Marcellis, Borche & Boyd Winged Express.
run-of-the-mill station wagon.
Last but not
least, the novel Nurse Ratchet mid engine gasser. The car made
a couple of passes at the CHRR and one would suspect it is more
of a show than serious race car.
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