The 2019 Fountain Valley Classic Car and Truck show was held this past Saturday, June 22, at the Recreation and Sports Park in Fountain Valley, California.
It’s a judged show which always seems to attract a varied amalgamation of vintage muscle, touring, sports cars, and trucks. This year’s event was truly exceptional in the number and variety of vehicles on display.
The event was started in 2006 as a way of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the city of Fountain Valley. It was such an unmitigated success that it became a perennial event for the past 13 years.
With a beautiful setting, great cars, fabulous food, and a large crowd of car-obsessed folks, what more could you ask for in a summer weekend event? Nothing, as far as Street Muscle Magazine are concerned. We trekked on down to check out the festivities, and here’s what we found.
The weather on Saturday was what we sun-obsessed Southern Californians call “June Gloom.” That is to say, warm temperatures accompanied by a thick marine layer of overcast skies. Not the perfect weather to highlight the paint and chrome of a field full of classic cars, but not entirely disagreeable either. At least it wasn’t raining.
A sizeable crowd of folks were already on hand when we arrived – young and old, families and couples. A group of food trucks were parked alongside the show field, offering everything from standard show fare, to tacos, and even Mediterranean samplings. A surf band, The Fabulous Nomads, was on stage belting out American car-related favorites such as the Beach Boys, and Jan and Dean.
The show was sponsored by State Farm Insurance, Sam’s Club, Meguiar’s, and Kingston Technologies as well as a host of local businesses, many of which had stands on site. There were also a number of vendors selling automotive-oriented products.
We took in the field of cars and were pleased to note that there were over a hundred on display. Time to start ogling!
Being the rabid Mopar fans that we are here at Street Muscle, it’s only natural that the first car that leapt out at us was one of Dodge’s finest. A 1971 Challenger R/T in a very rare and sought-after color – L5 Butterscotch.
This Chally was equipped with a 340 Six-Pack – a rev-happy small block that was a favorite back in the day.
This was one heavily optioned car. It was equipped with a black interior, three-speed automatic, black Shaker hood, black R/T side stripes, Rallye wheels, rear window louvers, Go-Wing, and elastomeric bumpers.
Additionally, it was in top show condition, having received a ground-up, rotisserie restoration. It was one heck of a Challenger that we wish we could have taken home with us!
If you’ve been to one classic car show or a few hundred, one thing you know is that Camaro’s are omnipresent. Less so, is its GM stablemate, the Firebird Trans-Am. There was an amazing one at this show though – a Cameo White over Blue 1974 Trans-Am with the 455 Super-Duty V8.
This car was a beauty. An original X-code car, it had all of its original sheet metal, and was a numbers matching car with the original engine, transmission and posi-traction rear end.
One of only 943 Super Duty’s produced in 1974, the car featured an automatic transmission, power steering, power disc brakes, factory air-conditioning, tilt wheel, original honeycomb wheels, bucket seats, center console, and AM/FM 8-track stereo. Quite a muscle car.
Situated close by the T/A was a prime example of the “other muscle car,” AMC attempted to take on the offerings from the Big Three with – the lesser known AMX.
One of our favorites owing to its unicorn status and unique styling. This 1970 was resplendent in Frost White just like the Trans-Am, although it sported a black interior and a black Shadow Mask graphics package.
The AMX is powered by a 390 V8, the top engine AMC offered, along with an M-12 three-speed auto. This particular car was optioned with a ram air hood, Twin-Grip differential, air conditioning, “Rim-Blo” steering wheel, power disc brakes, power steering, factory tinted glass, and an AM radio with 8-track player. We’ll take it!
Another car that caught our eye was a 1974 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Very finely turned-out and nicely modded. The car was notable for its flawless Silver paint and blue hood graphics.
This ‘vette, named “The Silver Bullet” by its owner, packed a 485hp, 400ci V8 mated to an A41 Keisler four-speed, and had a Flowmaster exhuast and Foose wheels. Factory equipment included power disc brakes, power steering, and power windows and doors.
Another standout for us was a concours condition Rallye Red 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda. With a 340 4-barrel motivating things, this big fish came from the House of Pentastar sporting a vinyl top, 15″ Rallye wheels, billboard callouts, hood pins, and a Go-Wing. A very, very nice restoration.
All in all, the Fountain Valley Classic Car and Truck show proved once again why it’s one of the best shows in Orange County. We recommend you turn out for next year’s event. We’ll be there for sure.