Daniel DelBianco, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org cell 412 559-3500
Susan Gera, Media email@example.com cell 724 396-9372
July 1, 2017 Pittsburgh
Welcome to the 35th Annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
Welcome to the 2017 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. This is our 35th consecutive year of racing through the streets and celebrating the automobile.
This race is a major event on the worldwide vintage race calendar as well as one of the city’s largest happenings, the charities we benefit create our drive and passion. Since 1983 the Grand Prix has donated over $4.75 million to the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School. These two fine charities do incredible work for local individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities.
It is impossible to envision from the beginning on Labor Day in 1983, what the inaugural idea of a race through the streets of Schenley Park could become. Fast forward 35 years and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix has blossomed into a 10-day festival with two separate race weekends, five distinct car shows, two parades, a road rallye, a countryside tour, a blacktie gala and a jet center party.
Many groups come together to make this all possible, starting with our relationship with the City of Pittsburgh as an all-encompassing partnership that continues to make this the nation’s only vintage race run on city streets. We are eternally grateful to our car show participants and our vintage racers who both make our event possible by sharing their passion for cars with all of us.
And we honor our volunteers who make all this possible, many who work year-round to prepare and host the events. Their dedication to our event and passion for our charities is inspirational.
Our growth would not have been possible without our dedicated friends at the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation. They capped off their third year as Presenting Sponsor by helping us exceed last year’s record for charitable donations where we presented a check for $405,500. It’s an ideal partnership for both organizations, and we are thrilled and grateful to have them as our partners. Yet right behind them are 75 generous sponsors and partners who are an integral part of our success; and also the event visitors, who buy a program or offer a donation. We thank you all.
Please consider making a donation to one of our donation station volunteers. Remember, it’s all about giving back to our community while having fun, and mixing and meeting with people of all ages who share our passion for motor vehicles.
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!
Daniel E. DelBianco