More than 125 Mustangs participated in the 13th annual charity cruise
By Steve Turner
In the wake of the tragic terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, the nation came together as one in support of those lost and the first responders that saved as many people as they could. At the time the nation vowed to never forget and at the same time we were encouraged to go on with our lives so the terrorists wouldn’t win. Life has definitely moved on, but Americans have not forgotten.
That is especially true of Benton Launerts and the members of the Stangs of South Florida. Thirteen years ago he started an event to not only remember those we lost, but to support those that went to war against terror after the attack. This event definitely does that, but because the 9/11 Patriot Run is a cruise-in and car show, it is also a way of going on with life and appreciating what our great nation has to offer.
Part of what we have to be thankful for is the availability of some amazing performance cars and the freedom to modify them to our liking. This year’s 13th annual edition of the event drew hundreds of vehicles of varying makes and models, but the Fords and, in particular, Mustangs were definitely the largest group of participants as the event receives strong support from Ben’s club and the Muscle ’Stangs of Miami club, which organizes and judges the car show.
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