October 27, 2017 – Sponsors, partners and volunteers gathered last night at the Hofbräuhaus on the South Side to take a victory lap. 150 people were on hand to toast our 35th year. This year-end event recognizes the contributions of our sponsors, partners and car clubs and honors our volunteers who make this event possible.
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Six PVGP charity Ambassadors were presented plaques and we sincerely appreciate their presence – it helps remind us what we are working for. A select group of PVGP volunteers were honored with checkered flags for outstanding effort in 2017. Sponsors, partners and car clubs were recognized with framed posters and plaques – see the photo gallery above and view full listing of agenda below.
PVGP chairman Dan Taylor opened the program. Executive Director Dan DelBianco introduced sponsors while Showside Director Bob Speer gave a toast and introduced car clubs.
This time of the year is when the check was usually presented to our charities – but that special moment will take place on a much larger stage at the 2018 International Car Show’s “Dancing With the Cars” on Thursday, February 15. To show our appreciation we held a drawing for 2 tickets and the winners were John Kerr and Karen Hanchett.

2017 Sponsors and Partners 

Checkered Flag Winners
Bob Borgo
Brian Urban
Barry Kaplan
Chris Granche
Walt Mantenkosky
Karen Hanchett
Ken Wojnar
Greg Farrell
Heidi Buckley
Susan Gera
Pittsburgh International Race Complex
Dotti & John Bechtol
Dan Holmes
James Dolan

Presenting Sponsor
Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation

Premier Sponsors
Lamar Advertising
Neighborhood Ford Store
RR Donnelley
Western PA Chevrolet Dealers

Platinum Sponsors
Bobby Rahal Automotive Group
Day Toyota
RBC Wealth Management

Gold Sponsors
A&L Motors
Galli Beer Distributing
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield & Allegheny Health Network
Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh
MINI of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh International Race Complex
UBS Walnut Wealth Management

2017 Poster Artist
Jim Zahniser


Silver Sponsors
Trinity Jewelers
Atria’s @ PNC Park
Algar Ferrari
Bobby Rahal Mercedes-Benz AMG
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
Foreign Traffic Import Sales
Lexus Pittsburgh
Mazza Vineyards
Maserati of Pittsburgh
Metz Lewis Brodman Must O’Keefe
Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty
Pittsburgh Transportation Group
Post Office Catering Group
Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo
Wright Automotive Group

Bronze Sponsors
Audi Pittsburgh
Bridgeville Appliance
Clean Car Express
Challenger Gray & Christmas
Cookson Peirce Wealth Management
Eckert Seamans
Guardian Storage
Heacock Collector Car Insurance
J&D Waterproofing
Bob Speer – InfoSight
McLaren Philadelphia
Wayne Long – Mid-Atlantic Sports Cars
Mosites Motorsports
Sherrard, German & Kelly
Sequoia Waste Solutions
Tower Auto Sales
Vital Solutions


Blacktie Gala Sponsors
Metropolitan Window Company
CF Advisors
Erie Insurance – Tim McElhinny

Passport to Elegance Sponsors
Baierl Cadillac
Drift 2 Web Services
TriState Capital
Voyager Jet Center

Tune-Up Sponsors
Metz Lewis
Golden Bone Pet Resort
Forza Motorcars

Car Club Partners
PACE Camaro Club
Allegheny Chapter BMW CCA
Porsche Club – Allegheny Region
Pittsburgh Cars “N” Coffee
Italian Cortile – Bernie Martin
Greater Pittsburgh Mustang Club
Western PA Triumph Association
Mercedes-Benz Club of Pittsburgh
Greater Pittsburgh MG Club
Audi Club – Western PA
PittStop MINI Club
Fresh Air VW Car Club
Three Rivers Volkswagen Club
Bud Kubena – Vintage Motorbike Show
Rolls-Royce Club Owners Club
All Squad

Media Partners
iHeart Radio
AM 1250 – The Answer
Steady State Media
Rapid Production Marketing – Bernie Martin
Swiess Creative Solutions
Visit Pittsburgh/ Sports Pittsburgh

MINI Track Rides Sponsors
Phil DiLucente Esquire
Tire Pros
Vince Longo Jr.
Signs By Tomorrow
J & T Tire & Auto Service

Bob O’Connor Golf Course
George Jr. Republic
Mayor’s Office – City of Pittsburgh
Mario’s East Side Saloon
Jay Nathanson – Scott Advertising
Specialty Concessions
Fowler Automotive Street & Track
Rocco Lamanna – Sponsorship Solutions
Honkus Zollinger Foundation
Orr’s Jewelers

PVGP Charity Ambassadors
Brandon Fisher
Joe Eng
Elizabeth Humphrey
Edward Torisky
Felton (Tony) Brown
Anita Iyengar

Sammie Pugh