There’s a period of 10 days during which most of Pittsburgh shuts down, and 2014 marked its 32nd anniversary. Sure, at first it sounds inconvenient – shutting down a city – but it’s rather neat in reality and for a good cause. The reason for the hubbub? The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP).
The goal of PVGP race week isn’t just hold a racing event with vintage and historic cars. It’s also to raise funds for residential care, treatment and support for developmentally disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh region. “We help the Grand Prix raise funds for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School,” explained Dan Taylor, dealer principal of Jerry Taylor Ford Sales in Grove City, Pennsylvania. The event is free to the public, and Pro drivers pay to race on city streets. All the money raised goes to the two charities, and by year 31, the PVGP had raised $3.5 million.
This year’s event happened July 11-22, 2014, and what garnered even more attention was a parade: 48 PVGP Special Editions of the 2014 Ford Mustang. “Everybody told me what I already knew – I was crazy for parading a huge fleet of cars through Pittsburgh for charity,” Dan joked.
“It takes 2,000 volunteers to put this on,” he said. And the Ford F-150 and F-250 were out in force to lend a hand. “Whether hauling food and water or moving equipment, the trucks do it.”
Plus, the charities benefit from “the passion the Neighborhood Food Store has about cars,” he noted.