By Jeff Gilbert

DEARBORN (WWJ) – Several dozen Ford Pintos returned home to the company’s Product Development Center, as part of the company’s annual Employee Car Show.

Pinto lovers have been holding an annual “Pinto Stampede” taking their classic vehicles to different places. Organizer Norm Bagi says Ford invited them to bring the Pinto’s home.

“They’ve been on board since day one.”

Pinto owners say the vehicle’s been unfairly maligned, and point out that Ford did sell three million Pinto’s over the years. That means a lot of memories for a lot of people.

Mike Chouinard of Brighton owns nine Pintos, including the first car that he ever owned.

“I kind of became fond of them and collected them here and there over the years.”

The lawn in front of Ford’s product development center was filled with a variety of classic vehicles…many of them Ford’s, but lots of other makes as well. Ford employees were invited to show off their own classics, and the company invited other people to bring in other vehicles to add to a classic car show feel.

Being Ford, there was an abundance of classic Mustangs. Ford retiree Jim Fink brough this 65 convertible.

“It reminds me of the old days, when a car was a car and you could really get out and let it go.”

Connect with Jeff Gilbert
Email: jdgilbert@cbs.com
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Twitter: @jefferygilbert

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