The 2013 Pinto Stampede is ready to roll on a scenic cruise along the Mississippi River, raising money to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. The third-annual Pinto Stampede will start on Thursday, August 1st in Rockford, Illinois and will conclude August 4th after a few “victory laps” at Memphis International Raceway in Tennessee.
All of the proceeds from sponsors and fundraising efforts will support the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps soldiers regain normal lives after returning home with disabilities. Up until now the Pinto Stampede has raised $30,000 for the cause.
"The Pinto Stampede enables Pinto enthusiasts the opportunity to celebrate our cherished little cars while doing something meaningful for others,” said "Trail Boss" Norm Bagi, 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.
Drivers will make several stops along the way to Memphis including Gateway Motor Park in Madison, IL where the drivers are able to get on the oval road course during the Midnight Madness drag racing event. Other stops along the way include the John Deere museum (Davenport, IA), Antique Archaeology (LaClaire, IA), Snake Alley (Burlington, IA), and it ends at the Memphis International Raceway.
"The first Stampede was such a success we had to keep it going. Those who participated in the second event cried out for more, so this is the third installment," said Bagi. “Over the past two years we made lasting friendships and dispelled many of the myths associated with the Pinto while raising money for a worthy and noble cause, so we are keeping the Wagon Train rolling."
Over 3 million Pintos have been sold from 1971-1980. Back in the 70s, the car was notorious for fatalities after catching fire if the car was rear-ended at high speeds, but the actual number was far less than what the media portrayed. There were 27 fatalities associated with the Pinto, not “thousands” as claimed by the media of the era.