New York, NY (PRWEB) July 10, 2014
The Fourth Annual Pinto Stampede (http://www.pintostampede.com), a journey in which 50 vintage Ford Pintos from all parts of North America will converge on Dearborn, MI, and will raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project (WWP), while driving to Hell and back… Hell, Michigan, (30 miles west of Detroit) that is!
All proceeds from sponsorships and a fundraising raffle will go the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps soldiers returning with disabilities regain normal lives. To date, the Pinto Stampede has raised over $38,000 for the organization.
“The Pinto Stampede enables Pinto enthusiasts to celebrate our cherished little cars while doing something meaningful for others,” said "Trail Boss" Norm Bagi, founder and organizer of the Pinto Stampede. “We want to keep raising money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. Donations can be made through the Pinto Stampede website and go directly to the organization.”
Along the route, drivers in The Pinto Stampede will make several stops, including The Ford Employee Car Show in Dearborn where the beloved Pintos were offered a place of honor in this invitation-only event. Later, they will visit the Henry Ford Museum, the Roush Collection, drive to Hell (Michigan) and back, and visit the the Ford/Mercury Restorers Club Car Show.
“The first Stampede was such a success that participants demanded to keep it going,” said Bagi. “Over the past few years, we have made lasting friendships and dispelled many of the myths associated with the Pinto. Drivers have come from Texas, California, New York City, Alabama, South Carolina, and even Canada. We all have a common goal—to raise money for a worthy and noble cause, the Wounded Warrior Project. This year, we visit the Pinto Holy Land of Dearborn.”
Enthusiasts of the Ford Pinto have established a unique way of recognizing the compact car, which sold more than 3 million units from 1971-1980. In the 1970s, the Pinto became known for fatalities due to fires caused when the car was rear-ended at high speeds. However, the actual number of total fatalities (27) was far less than the “thousands” reported by the media of the era, and was consistent with the performance of other compact cars of the time.
2014 Pinto Stampede highlights:
Day 1 – Friday, July, 18th, 2014
Day 2 – Saturday, July 19th, 2014
Day 3 – Sunday, July 20th, 2014
Ford Pintos By The Numbers:
In 2011, enthusiasts of the Ford Pinto, which sold more than 3 million units from 1971-1980, established a unique way of recognizing the compact car's 40th anniversary by organizing a charity drive entitled The Pinto Stampede. Unlike most collector cars, these cars take to the road. Along the way, the compact cars have done laps at Kansas Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and most have driven across the country... not bad for 40+ year old economy cars. When they get together, the Pintos make a difference for our Wounded Warriors, "one mile at a time."