We applaud our car and motorcycle club partners who are taking to the road this year to raise funds for the PVGP charities. With the cancelation of our Race Week events due to the pandemic, we are encouraging everyone to get out on the road in the safety of their own cars. According to Dan DelBianco, PVGP Executive Director “we encourage all car enthusiasts and owners to participate in tours, rallies and meet-ups – it doesn’t even have to be a vintage car. Just like our traditional car shows – all makes, models, and years are welcome. We’re all one big car community.”
The Allegheny Region Porsche Club raised $5,265 with Parade laps while the Pittsburgh area Mercedes-Benz Club has taken this initiative one step further by hosting an event and matching the first $1,000 raised. So far that totals $2,035! Karen Hanchett rallied to stage a Countryside Tour for Motorbikes and raised $455 and she plans to do it again in the fall. These are just a few wonderful examples of clubs stepping up, and we encourage other organizations to do the same.
|2020 PVGP Driving Event Calendar|
|General Donations thru PVGP website||Ongoing||link||$1,920|
|Donations in Honor of PVGP Volunteer Less Walter||Ongoing||$450|
|PVGP Facebook Fundraiser||Ongoing||link||$600|
|Mercedes-Benz Club – Matching Funds||Ongoing||link||$2,555|
|Corvette Club Caravan Challenge & MOY Donations||Saturday, May 30||link||$1,363|
|Rolls Royce Club Party||Saturday, June 27||link||$1,400|
|Thunderbird Club Donations||Saturday, July 5||link||$715|
|Alfa Romeo Club – Over the River Tour||Saturday, July 11||$100|
|Walnut Street Car Show Donations||Monday, July 20||link||$5,100|
|Countryside Tour||Thursday, July 23||link||$110|
|Greater Pittsburgh Mustang Club Orange Belt Tour||July 25/26 Weekend||$50|
|Motorbike Countryside Tour||Saturday, July 25||link||$455|
|West Penn Miata Club Rallye||Saturday, July 25||link|
|Porsche Club Raceday Parade Laps||Sunday, July 26||link||$5,315|
|Test & Tune at Nelson Ledges||Tuesday, August 11||link||$500|
|BMW Club Washington to Wheeling Tour||Saturday, August 15||link||$850|
|Allegheny Region Porsche Club PVGP Glacier Tour||Saturday, August 29||link|
|BMW Club Narcisi Winery Event||Sunday, September 20||link||$25|
|Pittsburgh Car Scene||Sunday, September 20||link|
|BMW Club – Deutsche Marque Ockoberfest at Penn Brewery||Saturday, October 10||link|
|PVGP Hofbrauhaus Fundraiser||Monday, October 12||link|
|Cars N Coffee Driving Event||TBA||$205|
|Total to Date||$21,713|
If your club is interested in hosting an event this year to benefit our charities please let us know and we can assist with Driving Tour routes, promotions and volunteers. Email the PVGP.
Please help support the PVGP charities: the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Merakey Allegheny Valley School. The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association is a 501 c 3 non-profit charity with the purpose of staging a world-class event in order to raise funds for individuals in the Pittsburgh region with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities. To date, the PVGP has donated $5.8 million to these wonderful local charities. Your generous donations keep our event running at top speed and help our cause. Donate today!
Most PVGP fans are familiar with the Latin term “Carpe Diem” meaning “Seize the Day”. Here at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, we are glad to be a part of Dwight Knowlton’s Carpe Viam! Seize the Road theme. Dwight is the artist who created the PVGP poster in 2015 and again this year for the Corvette Marque.
According to Dwight, “the two words “Carpe Viam!” say a lot. Literally, Carpe Viam means “seize the road”. So for a car fan, it means “enjoy the exhaust note as you grip the wheel and blast through a curve.” The theme is important for the viable future of vintage cars and vintage racing.
As we all work our way through this pandemic, one of the safest auto-related activities we can do is to get into our cars and seize the road – take a tour through the countryside with a small group of like-minded individuals.
According to Dan DelBianco, PVGP Executive Director, “we share Dwight’s enthusiasm for driving cars of all ages – and during this pandemic, we believe that Carpe Viam is the proper theme to enjoy your car and still be a part of the larger PVGP community.”