Car Clubs and Partners Raising Funds for PVGP Charities

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 
Club/EventPlanned DateDetailsDonation
General Donations thru PVGP websiteOngoinglink$1,920
Donations in Honor of PVGP Volunteer Less WalterOngoing$450
PVGP Facebook FundraiserOngoinglink$600
Mercedes-Benz Club – Matching FundsOngoinglink$2,555
Corvette Club Caravan Challenge & MOY DonationsSaturday, May 30link$1,363
Rolls Royce Club PartySaturday, June 27link$1,400
Thunderbird Club DonationsSaturday, July 5link$715
Alfa Romeo Club – Over the River TourSaturday, July 11$100
Walnut Street Car Show DonationsMonday, July 20link$5,100
Countryside TourThursday, July 23link$110
Greater Pittsburgh Mustang Club Orange Belt TourJuly 25/26 Weekend$50
Motorbike Countryside TourSaturday, July 25link$455
West Penn Miata Club RallyeSaturday, July 25link
Porsche Club Raceday Parade LapsSunday, July 26link$5,315
Test & Tune at Nelson LedgesTuesday, August 11link$500
BMW Club Washington to Wheeling TourSaturday, August 15link$850
Allegheny Region Porsche Club PVGP Glacier TourSaturday, August 29link
BMW Club Narcisi Winery EventSunday, September 20link$25
Pittsburgh Car SceneSunday, September 20link
BMW Club – Deutsche Marque Ockoberfest at Penn BrewerySaturday, October 10link
PVGP Hofbrauhaus FundraiserMonday, October 12link
Cars N Coffee Driving EventTBA$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.”