Thousands of auto show fans, car collectors and enthusiasts beat the triple digit heat over the weekend (9-20-15) to get a close-up shot of their favorite Ford make and model cars at the 4th Annual Galpin Car Show hosted by Galpin Ford, Van Nuys, CA. There were just about every make and model of Ford cars from roadsters, antique sedans to the new and modified Ford Mustangs.
“You have to remember that other than the Chevy Corvette, the Mustang was America’s first muscle car,” said car enthusiast Salem Cain, who had his candy apple red, 2015 S-550 Mustang on display at the event. It was a ‘performance package’ of which he turned into a “track package.” It has board racing suspension, Brembo brakes, and other advanced features.
“The first American Muscle car didn’t come out until 1967, and then after that you had the Roadrunner, the Challenger, the Charger and all of that.” And Cain boasts about his knowledge of all the different varieties and styles of Mustangs. “My favorite is now sitting in my garage at home, a 1966 GT-350-H, which is a Shelby Mustang, which is original and a classic, and my other favorite is the 1967 GT-500, the Shelby Eleanor,” he said.
When asked why auto shows draw such large crowds, Cain said, “Everyone likes auto shows, the customization of someone else’s car.” 1934 Ford Sedan owner, Michael Fonterra said he comes every year because of the comradery and he likes to connect with other car enthusiasts.
“You know a simple car like this is amazing to look at, the technology of that time and is an amazing car to drive, but I could use an air conditioner today,” he said.
Car collector Harold Thomas, who brought his 1939 Ford sedan he has owned since 1959, also enjoys networking with auto enthusiasts. “It’s the value you get from creating a museum piece,” he said. And Paul Monet said what attracts him to these cars shows, “It’s the styling. I would rather see more of these (1939 Fords) that all of those Mustangs. They got the power and the rides, but the style in the older models have everything,” he said.
The Auto Show included live music, a BBQ, 44-foot Ferris wheel, rock climbing wall, bungee jump and live music entertainment. There were hundreds of beautiful, one-of-a-kind, unique show cars and exciting TV and movie cars.
Some of the award-winning hot rods on display included:
Pierson Brothers’ 1934 Ford Competition Coupe
Blackie Gejeian’s 1955 “Shish Kabob” Special
1929 Ford Model A Roadster “Emperor”
Chopped 1932 Ford 3-Window Hot Rod
Unique multi-million dollar vehicles:
The Shah of Persia’s 1939 Bugatti Type 57C
1967 Ford GT40 MKIII
“2 Fast 2 Furious” 2001 Honda S2000
“Back To The Future” DeLorean
“Mystery Machine” Van
“Herbie The Love Bug”