by Tom Salvino
The PVGP roared into its 30th year in July. The event is produced as a philanthropic way to have fun, hang with groups of vintage-car enthusiasts, and show off some amazing rides.
The show and vintage Grand Prix races are free, and donations and proceeds from the race entries and vendors help support developmentally disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh area. To date, PVGP has raised more than $3 million for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School.
For more than 10 years, Jim Hoffman, Subaru of America, Inc. manager for the Pittsburgh District, has organized Subaru events to bring together enthusiasts and show off their cars. It’s one of the largest Subaru events in the region. Hoffman commented, “It’s a great way to spend time supporting two charities in the region that appreciate the help.”
The morning parade is Hoffman’s favorite part of the day. This year, 125 Subaru enthusiasts filed 70 Subaru vehicles through downtown Pittsburgh to the car show on the Schenley Park Golf Course.
WRX owner and first-time participant Max Ripepi said, “The PVGP was a great opportunity to experience vintage racing and share my Subaru experiences with the community. Subaru pride runs deep, so hearing about an event where there will be more than 50 cars is always sure to be a good time.”
Jim Hoffman plans to organize the parade and car show for Subaru owners again in 2013. Check out the next issue of Drive Performance to find out how you can participate.
The main Grand Prix races and car shows took place during the weekend of July 21. MG was the PVGP Marquee of the Year, with almost 200 cars on display and 29 registered in the Pre-War and Select MG T-Series race group.
Other race groups included Vintage Sports Racers, Preservation and Production Vehicles under 1.0 Litre, and Production Vehicles in classes over 2.5 litres, under 2.5 litres, and under 1.5 litres.
If you’ve never been to a classic car show, find one. Spend the day. Absorb it all. Owners of vintage cars take the time and have the patience to pursue their passions – and show them off.
This show is one of the largest in the country. Thousands of cars, trucks, and vans from every era were lovingly displayed, from a 1916 Buick® Model D45 to a 1956 Jaguar XK 140 FHC to the Wienermobile. Besides the local Subaru club, MG, Triumph, BMW, VW, Porsche®, Chevy™, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, and many more clubs had their best rides on display.
For more information and pictures of vintage racers, go to pvgp.org.
The 2013 PVGP race week runs from July 12 to July 21, 2013. Mustang will be honored as the Marquee of the Year, as Ford celebrates the Mustang’s 50th anniversary.