It’s time once again for classic cars to rev ‘em up.
The 12th annual Pasta Too Rev ‘Em Up for Kids Mega Car Cruise is scheduled for noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 4 in the South Park VIP and Ice Skating Rink paved parking lots, 30 Corrigan Drive in Bethel Park.
“It’s the largest fundraiser within the municipality of Bethel Park,” said Jim Gastgeb, president of the Bethel Park Recreation Board. “This event has really grown to become a big community outreach. It’s neat to see everyone rally around this event.”
All proceeds benefit Bethel Park recreation to assist in field improvements, park upgrades, updated equipment and facility upgrades.
The event is open to all special interest vehicles, such as classic cars, trucks, exotic and super cars. No show vehicles should arrive before 11 a.m. Free car-related goodies will be provided for the first arriving cars. The price is $5 per show vehicle. Spectators may make a cash donation for the cause.
There were more than 1,000 classic cars at the event in 2021.
The flex day is scheduled for Sept. 5 if something should cause it to be canceled for Sept. 4.
There will be a number of merchandise vendors and food vendors, a family fun and kids’ zone, 50/50 raffles and emergency response vehicles on display.
“The focus is on the classic cars, but we’ve really turned it into something for everyone,” Gastgeb said. “We feel we really do a nice job of mixing it up. Someone who may not be into classic cars, but enjoys seeing them, there’s something there for them to see and do.”’
Plus, this year will feature two performances by Uptown Rhythm & Brass at 3 and 4:30 p.m.
Pasta Too is the diamond sponsor of the event and Gastgeb said the support of the restaurant and its owner Ray Piacquadio for the car cruise is invaluable.
“We can’t do this without them,” Gastgeb said. “It just can’t be done without the generosity of Ray Piacquadio and the whole staff at Pasta Too.”
Additional information is available at the event’s hotline at 412-831-6800, ext. 730, or at carcruises.com.
“It’s rare to have an annual event last as long as we have,” Gastgeb said. “To have 12 years strong and growing is something we’re proud of. We continue to do more and take feedback and just really enhance the show year in and year out. From a car cruiser standpoint, if they see Rev ‘Em Up for Kids, they circle that date. They make sure they’re available to come. It’s that big of a show.”