John Force 2008 Holiday Car Show




December 07, 2008: About 1000 cars showed up for John Force's Holiday car show benefiting the California Highway Patrols – “CHiP’s 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 and museum.

Here are just a few overview shots of the day from John Ewald.


Overview of the massive JFR facility.




Early 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 for Chip)


John Ewald and Foose


Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen


Robert Height, Mike Neff, Bernie Fedderly and Austin Coil head up the autograph table.



Robert and daughter Autumn.


Next to Coil; the Force women... Lori, Brittany, Ashley and Cortney.



John and the Goose


Chip 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.





A rare look upstairs at JFR. This would be the "rec room".







Downstairs in the main showroom.




The good stuff - the race shop.








"The Answer" supplied musical entertainment.








Spectator admission was a new $10 unwrapped toy and these photos speak for themselves.





Orah Mae Millar was on hand with her very cool DRAGcartoons collectables.




Something for everybody.











Cacklecars were represented by the McCloud Bros. Dean Eng. Special.



Always a favorite, the Marcellis, Borche & Boyd Winged Express.








Autograph line.


The team had two autograph sessions through out the day.





2008 John Force Holiday Car Show


Show Follow-up

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 “Winged Express” 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 under the Holiday Car Show section.


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