True Blue Racing Parts, a division of Fred Beans Ford of Boyertown, held its 2nd Annual Mustang Stampede at Fred Beans Collision Center on Saturday, June 23. As soon as you crested the hill on Rt. 100 North into Boyertown, all you could see was chrome and a sea of stunningly painted Ford Mustangs.
Fred Beans Ford of Boyertown again opened their doors to the public for a huge car show and charity fundraiser. As participants walked through the show it was easy to see what made the Mustang Stampede surpass the “typical weekend car show”! There was a tremendous display of Mustangs from every generation. Some participants traveled from as far as Virginia, New Jersey and Delaware to participate in the event. Local Mustang enthusiasts, The Valley Forge Mustang Club, showed up in full force and full support.
This year’s event had something for everyone. In addition to the Mustang-specific car show, music and food, the event featured dyno runs, “Caught Red-Handed” photos by our friends at Berks County Sheriff’s Office, 50/50 raffles, “People’s Choice” awards, and on-site performance parts installations from True Blue Racing Parts and the Fred Beans team of Ford-trained technicians.
The Mustang Stampede re-defined the term “All American Horsepower.” Fred Beans Ford of Boyertown’s general manager and Fred Beans partner Dennis Malloy, service manager Mark Malizzi and parts manager Dave Rhoads wanted to do something different and focused their “Ford Powered Muscle” event to raise money for “All American Hero” and wounded U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Timothy Donley.
Tim Donley, just 21, was severely wounded in Afghanistan on February 9, 2012, when, while on foot patrol, he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). The explosion caused the loss of both of his legs above the knees and seriously injured his right arm, which has required many surgeries in order to restore function.
“It was a true honor for us to have Lance Cpl. Timothy Donley there with us,” said Mark Malizzi. “We were hoping for a nice turnout to be able to show him the gratitude we have for his services. We’re still in awe from the tremendous outpouring of support we received to raise money for the Donley family. It’s a remarkable cause!
“The entire Fred Beans Ford of Boyertown family would like to express our sincere thanks to the Mustang community for the astonishing support, love and hope that was shown on Saturday.”
Tim Donley was able to take part in the 2nd Annual Stampede: He interacted with car show participants and had his picture taken with his dream car, a 2008 Shelby GT500. Tim was all smiles and a true example of strength and honor.
During the awards ceremony a few words of gratitude were spoken for Tim’s sacrifice. When Tim addressed the community in return, his heart-felt speech was enough to entirely cease the sounds of horsepower.
“It was a touching moment, and we are grateful to have been a part of it,” said Malizzi.
You can continue to show your support for Lance Cpl. Timothy Donley and follow his progress here.
For more photos, event details, performance parts and more, visit True Blue Racing Parts online.
By Amber Nesspor, Service Associate, Fred Beans Ford of Boyertown
Photos by Mark Malizzi