The Pinto Stampede started in Denver, Colorado on May 29th, 2011 and finished in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on June 2nd, 2011. A Five day drive across the country. Kansas Motor Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, The Lincoln Highway, Flight 93 Memorial and the Ford nationals whereover 70 Pinto's were on display!
The 2012 Pinto Stampede Started Thursday May 17th, 2012 in Ridgeway, Virginia and finished at the Summit Point Motorsports Park on Saturday May 19th, 2012 Stops on the 2012 Pinto Stampede included Wood Brothers Racing in Stuart, VA - Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia - National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA - The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport and Saturday and Sunday, May 19th & 20th, 2012 found us at the Summit Point Motorsports park for some track time and Vintage racecars racing, including Pinto's
The 2013 Pinto Stampede started at Bullet Stop Gun Shop in Loves Park, Illinois. Jim Madison, fellow stampeder and owner of the Bullet Stop, hosted a BBQ Party to start things off right. The 2013 Pinto Stampede ran over three days from Thursday, August 1st thru Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 ending in Memphis, Tennessee. We drove alongside the Mighty Mississippi River and enjoyed the sites along one of the most beautiful drives this great country has to offer. We went to Gatewy Motorsports Park, The John Deere Museum, Antique Archaeology, Snake Alley, as well as Memphis International Raceway.
The Pinto Stampede hit the road again in 2014! and this year the Pinto Stampede headed to the Ford Product Development Center Employee Truck and Car Show on Friday, July 18, 2014 in Dearborn, MI, we spent time at The Henry Ford museum, Greenfield Villiage, The Roush Collection, The Ford Drive in Theatre, attended the Ford/Mercury Restorers club car show and made a trip to Hell! Michigan that is!
The Pinto Stampede hit the road again in 2015 and traveled the scenic back roads of Kentucky starting in Elizabethtown, KY on July 29th and arriving in Springfield, Illinois on Friday, July 31st, 2015. We participated in the Powerlight Supercruise, Abe Lincoln Car Show, followed Kentucky's Heritage trail, visited the National Corvette Museum, the Superman museum and traveled part of Route 66.
This one was all about the drive!
We drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway, America's favorite drive. A beautiful and scenic drive on up to the Ford Nationals at Carlisle PA where we celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Pinto. On June 1st we started in Little Switzerland, North Carolina which sits on the Blue Ridge Parkway at the top of the Diamond back.
Back to the PDC Car Show, it was such an honor to be asked once, well it was twice as nice this time around where we got an open invitation to attend from Ford whenever we wanted, take that Mustang Clubs!
We also visited the Ypsilanti Museum, The Piquette Museum, Mob Steel, The Rouge Plant, The Henry Ford and Greenfield Villiage because there was just too much to see the first time.
We closed down Nashville's 2nd Avenue and partied! Hosted by the George Jones Museum we took in Nashville and saw the sites. We visited the Grand Ole Opry (both of them) as well as everything else Nashville could Handle! Channel 2 was there on hand to cover the event. We then headed out to Chattanooga where we visited Rock City, Ruby Falls and the Tow Museum. We drove the Tail of the Dragon, had a brief stay in Cherokee before driving the Blue Ridge Parkwaty to Ashebville.We took the back roads to Concord NC. Where we visited Roush (had a personal privte tour, thanks guys), the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Penske, Concord Racing Museum and the Whiskey Prison (a distillery inside of an old Prison). The Stampede ran from Monday July 30th, to Friday Aug 3rd 2018.
Special Thank You to the Cabarrus County Chamber of Commerce in Concord NC, who not only helped us organize, but provided swag ad treated us like Kings!
This year we ran from Lincoln NE- Mitchel SD.
We visited Speedway Motors museum of American Speed for a private tour, (America's Oldest Speed Shop), stopped and saw Pioneer Villiage, Traveled the Lincoln Highway, visited Carhenge, Took the scenic winding US16A, Visited Mt. Rushmore and the South Dokota Air and Space Museum & Wall Drug, we visited a relic of the cold war a Minute Man Missile Silo and visitors center, Took a trip on the Scenic Badlands Byway, then ended in Mitchel where we saw the Discovery Museum, and lastly the Telstar Shelby Cobra museum .
CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19!
This year we were scheduled to run down California's Highway 1 along the west coast and be the star of the show at the Concourse De'Lemons. However the show got cancelled due to Covid as did the trip.
50th Anniversary of the Ford Pinto!
Four separate Stampede's worked their way across the country, with various stops along the way, from July 11th - July 16th, 2021. Stops included, Uranus fudge factory, cocaine bear and the Kentucky fun mall, Gettysburg, Old Franklin jail, Kruger st. Toy and train museum, Wagner-Hagans auto museum, National Air Force Museum, Snook's Dream cars, the site of Jesse James first train robbery, the Iowa 80 and truckers museum, Iowa culture and history museum, Joliet Prison, the Duesenberg museum, Monster Truck Hall of Fame, Summit racing, Lost sea adventure, Aviation museum of Kentucky, and others.
Friday July 16th, visits to the Motor City Mustang collection of Mike Berardi, hosted by Ford's car club division. Then we visited Roush manufacturing to see how the Roush Mustangs and F150's come to life. The a visit to the Roush collection of fine automobiles and racecars. Saturday July 17th, we were the main event at the Ford Mercury Restorers Car Club show at the fairground in Belleville Michigan. Pinto's took top honors and we also had our own car show voted on by all the Pinto owners, so winners were the best of the best as voted on by their peers.
We will raised some money for Parkinson's research.