2008: About 1000 cars showed up for John Force's Holiday car
show benefiting the California Highway Patrols CHiPs
for Kids Toy Drive.
The annual event
regularly draws some 30,000 fans to the massive JFR facility
in Yorba Linda, CA. 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
Here are just
a few overview shots of the day from John Ewald.
of the massive JFR facility.
on there were people everywhere.
Chip Foose, Carson Lev, John
and Genevieve Chappell who's ESPN's "Queen of Cars". (Carson
is well known, he used to head up licensing for Mattel, now works
Ewald and Foose
Tom "The Mongoose"
Mike Neff, Bernie Fedderly and Austin Coil head up the autograph
Robert and daughter Autumn.
to Coil; the Force women... Lori, Brittany, Ashley and Cortney.
John and the Goose
Foose and country singer Peter Brandon.
There was no shortage
of exotic and unusual cars.
The JFR Gift Shop did
a brisk business all day long.
Ashley Force and Daniel
Hood got married Dec 13th in Lake Tahoe.
rare look upstairs at JFR. This would be the "rec room".
in the main showroom.
good stuff - the race shop.
supplied musical entertainment.
admission was a new $10 unwrapped toy and these photos speak
Mae Millar was on hand with her very cool DRAGcartoons collectables.
Cacklecars were represented
by the McCloud Bros. Dean Eng. Special.
a favorite, the Marcellis, Borche & Boyd Winged Express.
team had two autograph sessions through out the day.
11th annual John Force
Holiday Car Show a Huge Success
YORBA LINDA, CA (December 17,
2008) --- The 11th annual John Force Holiday Car Show is in the
books and once again the event was a huge success for car show
fans and most importantly the California Highway Patrol's "CHiP's
for Kids" Toy Drive. Nearly one thousand vehicles were on
display and attendance topped 25,000 for the afternoon event
on December 7th. John Force Racing collected over 7,500 toys,
their largest single day collection in the history of the event.
Sponsors for the Holiday Car
Show included System One, Automotive Polishing System, Auto Club
of Southern California, Velocity Magazine, KCAL-TV, KCBS-TV,
and Coca-Cola. The host car club Classic Cruisers of North Orange
County were well represented all day.
A host of celebrity drivers were
on hand to sign autographs during the event including John Force,
Ashley Force, Brittany Force, Courtney Force, Robert Hight, Mike
Neff, crew chief Austin Coil and crew chief Bernie Fedderly.
In addition to the team Force drivers and crew chiefs noted automotive
celebrities including Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen a Drag
Racing Legend, Mousie Marcellus and his âWinged
Expressâ racecar, Genevieve Chappell "ESPN's
Queen of Cars", Chip Foose a Legendary Car Designer and
Peter Brandon a Country Western Star were available for autographs
during the event.
A surprise appearance by Jay
Leno, host of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, was a highlight
of the event. Leno, a well known car nut, simply wanted to enjoy
a day soaking up some vintage vehicles and enjoyed milling about
with fellow car enthusiasts.
A special award was presented
to the Orange County Fire Authority for their heroic efforts
during the recent wild fires that swept through Orange County
in early November. A complete list of car show winners can be
found at www.johnforceracing.com under the Holiday Car Show section.
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