Fred Stokes All American Pre 1972 Car Show 2017

Panorama image of over 200 cars at 2017 Fred Stokes All American Car Show near Windsor, Sonoma Count California
Over 200 cars at Fred Stokes’ Ranch in Sonoma County, California

Fred Stoke’s Ranch on Old Redwood Highway in Santa Rosa never fails to put on a show. The five acre spread easily consumes over 200 pre 1972 classics in all degrees of finish from race modified to survivor cars.

The event was managed by Corvettes of Sonoma County who volunteered to supervise entries and marshal the classics on display.

Some of my favorites included the Anderson family’s 816hp Shelby GT350 race car and his daughter’s Falcon race car. The Falcon was the 16 year-old’s project where she wrenched most of the major work. Now with her newly qualified driver’s license, she can drive it to shows!

Race car classics 816hp GT350 Shelby Mustang and a first generation Falcon race car

16 years and her first race car build - first generation Falcon

Dad's Shelby GT350 classic race car

GM classics were well represented in the wine country car show with the immaculate Chevrolet 1967 Firebird 400 convertible complete with the tacho set in the hood.

External hood tacho 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible

The weatherproof tachometer is set in the hood so that the driver can easily check maximum revs while on the track.

2017 All American car show at Fred Stokes in Santa Rosa - Pontiac Firebird 400

The 1967 Pontiac Firebird by Fisher Body has to be on of the most pleasing classic car designs of the decade. The wheels are wider, but apart from that, this classic car is as it was in the showroom in 1967.

Image of driver's view with the outdoor tachometer on the 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible

Wood rimmed steering wheel and eight track stereo. Feels like a flash back in time. The mirror disclaimer has a twist on modern day “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear”.

Rear left view of the 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible at Fred Stokes All American Car Day

This particular Firebird 400 has perfect aligned quad pipes tucked neatly behind each wheel.

Firebird badge work on the front right fender, classic car from 1967

Impeccable presentation of this survivor - 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 with weatherproof hood tacho.

 

Old Signal gas station from Santa Rosa Ca. Fred Stokes Ranch.‘Fred Stokes’ Signal gas station was rescued from demolition in downtown Santa Rosa and forms a great accompaniment to any classic car show.

Traditional exposed sidepipes on a 1965 C2 Corvette.

The C2 Corvette showing of the fiberglass curves and period simulated knockoff wheel hubs. Goodrich T/As set the theme of the era.

Engine compartment of C2 Corvette from 1965

Modified? Yes … look at all that chrome! This ‘vette wears out a few polishing rags. Great show car.

Interior of the 1965 Corvette with wood rimmed wheel

The interior in perfect condition. Looks as if it was just delivered from the factory – but it’s a 52 year old car!!! Seeing this car alone made my entry to the All American Car day worth the $5 entry fee.

Photo of rear window of single window C2 Corvette with six rear light aftermarket upgrade.

The six rear light was an aftermarket modification of the 1960s. This is an original 1965 single rear window. I’m told that some split window C2 Corvettes were modified and had the split bar removed to resemble the newer model. What’s your thoughts?

 

 

Post Author: Alan O'Neill

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