‘American Pride’: New Mustang Stampede event begins at Steamboat this weekend, Yampa Street closes

The Colorado Mustang Stampede race is coming to Steamboat Springs this weekend.
Joel Reichenberger / Steamboat Pilot and Today’s Archive

Hundreds of Mustangs will fill Yampa Street in downtown Steamboat Springs this weekend as the 2022 Colorado Mustang Stampede makes its debut in Yampa Valley.

“The entire city has welcomed us with open arms,” said co-founder Michael Bateman. We cannot stress how much we appreciate this warm welcome. This is our first year of what will become an annual event.”

The event will include a scenic trip to the North Routt and dinner as well as a large motor show.

The show will run from 9am to 3pm on Saturday 20th August, closing Yampa Street between 10th and 12th Streets. The street will be closed from 5am to 4pm

About 100 Ford Mustangs of different years will be on display. The show is free and open to the public.

“This is a chance to come and see American Muscle,” Melinda Bateman said. The Mustang began production in 1964 and has never gone out of production this year. This is a big deal. …to see the evolution of the car from 1964 to 2022, you will see a beautiful representation.”

Bateman’s and John and Sondra Touris have teamed up to create the Colorado Mustang Stampede because they’ve loved coming to Steamboat for the past two decades.

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Their event, in a way, is to replace the Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup that has been in the Yampa Valley every summer for over 20 years. However, that group chose to go to Colorado Springs starting in 2021.

The Colorado Mustang Stampede is an entirely different range, but it will hold the same appeal for Mustang fans.

“There’s a lot of American pride,” Melinda Bateman said. “And that’s all we have to do with it.”

Starting in 2023, the show will be moved to Father’s Day weekend and planners hope to extend the event to three days. Michael Bateman said Father’s Day is a fitting weekend because the show is in honor of his father, who he said got him into the Ford Mustang at first.

In addition, a rock DJ will play classic rock and announce door award winners throughout the day.

The Colorado Mustang Stampede race is coming to Steamboat Springs this weekend and Yampa Street will be closed.
City of Steamboat Springs / Photo Courtesy of

The judges award prizes to the classification winners on the basis of quality, condition and cleanliness. There will also be a People’s Choice Award. Attendees can fill out a ballot to help their favorite car and its owner win a prize.

“The whole point of this show, this year and in the future, is that we want this to be a fun, family-oriented event, not just a car show,” Michael Pittman said. “Really, there’s supposed to be something for everyone of all ages.”

The city recommends attendees walk, bike, or take the free Steamboat Springs Transit bus because parking is limited. Free parking is available at Howelsen Park, a short walk from Yampa Street.

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