John Gilbert Staff Editor
March 25, 2016

America’s Midwest to eastern regions might be all covered in snow as this news goes live, but the next thing you know it’ll be the start of summer and time once again for the 2016 Carlisle Ford Nationals held in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

The big news is in addition to every division of Ford vehicle made from Edsels, Lincolns, Fords and Mercury is the Pinto Stampede returns and since 2016 marks the 45th anniversary of the Pinto entering the pint-sized pony car market there’s just no telling how many Pinto and Pinto based variants will roll into Carlisle’s expansive show grounds. And to help celebrate, the entire Mustang 360 staff from your favorite Ford titles will be on hand to photograph car features, gather event coverage, and meet fellow Ford folk.

Ford weekend runs June 3-5, 2016 and on that first day, dozens of Pintos will arrive following their scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Cars from as far as the west coast will cruise to Carlisle to park and enjoy the world’s largest all-Ford event. Named as the top enthusiast moment of 2015 by Ford Performance, Ford Nationals weekend will spotlight this ‘70s juggernaut and its very unique owner base. From station wagons to Roundabouts, all types of Pintos will be onsite.

The coolest part of the display is that for most enthusiasts, seeing one Pinto is rare, let alone seeing so many in one place. Combine that with the fact that the leader of the Stampede, Norm Bagi, usually enters his Boss Pinto into the burnout contest, and everyone will be in for a real smoky treat.

The stampede starts June 1 in Little Switzerland, North Carolina, with participants trekking north on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway over the span of three days. Billed as “The Blue Ridge to the Blue Oval,” Pintos from all eras of production will make stops along the parkway for photos, food and fun. The first pit stop will occur in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. After an overnight in a town that’s just as scenic in real life as it sounds on paper, the stampede continues north on the parkway to its end in Waynesboro, Virginia before once more spending the night. Ultimately, the Pintos will cruise from Waynesboro to Carlisle for their grand entrance and fun filled weekend.