The care and craftsmanship is apparent as you walk the aisles at the 2016 Ford Stampede at Country Heritage Park in Milton, Ontario, where every generation of Mustang is represented and shown in its finest form. Drivers meticulously clean every inch of their prized vehicles, making sure they look their Sunday best.

The Ford Stampede started as a car show for Mustangs, with several enthusiast clubs from all over Southern Ontario gathering to talk cars and raise money for a good cause. But Ford love knows no bounds, and 2016 represents the third year the Ford Stampede has been open to all comers, with Ford GTs again sitting side-by-side with custom-built beauties and left-hand drive rarities from across the pond.

BEYOND GREAT CARS

But more than the amazing cars, it’s the sense of community that draws in Ford fans from all walks of life. Groups travel from all over the province to arrive bright and early to the Ford Stampede, meeting for coffee or breakfast before rolling through the gates and setting up shop as a club.

Awards are handed out and old friendships renewed, but the real winner at the Ford Stampede is the community Charitable giving is a huge part of every event and 2016 is no exception. This year, more than $8,000 from sponsors, founders, vendors and attendees went to important groups like Trillium Health Partners Foundation, SickKids Foundation and the Canadian Crime Victim Foundation.

The event is co-organized by the Golden Horseshoe Mustang Association and the GTA Mustang Club and features well-established enthusiast clubs from all over the province. It’s a big tent affair, attracting new attendees driving their first Mustang and anyone who feels like a part of the Ford family. It’s the power of the vehicles and community built around them.

For more on this event and to get the inside track on information for next, check out the Stampede’s website or follow Ford Stampede on Twitter. See you next year!