The forces of nature smiled bright on the John Force Holiday Car Show in Yorba Linda, California, on Sunday, December 11, 2005. Unlike the last couple drizzle-filled events, sunny blue skies and mild temperatures greeted upward of 18,000 participants and fans. Benefiting the California Highway Patrol's "CHiP's for Kids" toy drive, each year celebrants bring unwrapped toys to the show. According to event manager Craig Hoelzel, the 10,709 toys donated shattered previous years' contributions.
There was a huge pile of toys for youngsters-and king-sized ones, in the form of 780 show trucks, cars, boats, and motorcycles, for us full-sized kids to admire. We walked the grounds of the John Force compound and the surrounding streets with visions of billet wheels and overlap cams dancing in our heads. Even Santa couldn't fault us for wishing our various project trucks were done-the '34 Ford roadster pickup, the F-100 giveaway truck, the '74 Chevy stepside, the '40 Ford hauler of CCT's former editor-on Dasher, on Dancer, on Chevy, on Ford!
Some of the trucks we spied we'd already featured in CCT. Still others were familiar pickups we had the pleasure to see at other recent events. In addition to the many custom vehicles on display, drag-racing champ John Force and his team of winning drivers Eric Medlen, Robert Hight, and Brandon Bernstein signed autographs. Force's youngest daughters, Brittany and Courtney, who will campaign Super Comp dragsters sponsored by Brand Source this year, also signed, alongside racing legend Carroll Shelby.
If you don't get the drift that the place to be for gearheads of all ages in early December is the John Force Holiday Car Show, you must not have motor oil coursing through your veins. The antidote for such an affliction is to renew your multi-year subscription to CUSTOM CLASSIC TRUCKS. While you're at it, visit www.johnforceracing.com to find out more about next year's show. Until then, get those visions of fuel injection and custom pickup interiors dancing in your heads by seeing some of what you missed at the 2005 John Force Holiday Car Show.