The Rutland Area Vehicle Enthusiasts was initially formed in 1978 by a group of local individuals who shared an interest in the preservation and restoration of antique and classic automobiles, street rods, and other types of motor vehicles.
In March of 1980, RAVE was formally established as a non-profit organization. By July of that year with the aid of Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce the first show was an overwhelming success, drawing over 200 cars.
The founders expanded on their basic interest in promoting vehicle preservation with a goal of giving financial contributions to various local charities. The growth of RAVE has resulted in success for both. From the 38 shows RAVE has sponsored, over $175,000 has been donated to local charitable organizations.
Those benefitting in the past include Vermont Special Olympics, Rutland County Humane Society, Rutland Area Visiting Nurses and Rutland Hospice, Make-a-Wish Foundation, WSYB Christmas Fund and many more.
RAVE holds an annual auto show each year at the Vermont State Fairgrounds in Rutland, Vermont. The club also does occasional cruise nights, attends other car shows, and has many members who volunteer their time at various organizations in the area.
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A brief History of R.a.v.e
R.A.V.E. is the culmination of an idea that has been around this area for several years. The basis of the club is a group of people who have an interest in or own and drive old and unique cars. It was felt by these people that an organization which promoted their interests could not only attract others with similar interest- but be of some benefit to the populace of the entire are.
The first formal meeting took place at Ed Fabian's house on December 4th, 1978 with charter members: Dean & Noreen Burgess and sons, Ken & Steve, Ed & Linda Fabian, Bill & Carol Gorguites, Bud & Sandra Smith, Bernard Spencer, Herbert Spencer, Lowell & Ellen Wakker, Reg & Fran Wilson.
1979 saw the club become established as a solid organization, February of that year, the first club officers were installed. They were listed as President - Lowell Wakker, Vice-President - Ed Fabian, Secretary - Carol Forguites, and Treasurer - Fran Wilson. The February meeting was also established two other important points, the club colors and name. Rutland Area Vehicle Enthusiasts was the offering of Xal Lanfear, while red, white, and black were selected as official colors. Club President Lowell Wakker incorporated these colors into the now familiar club logo that appears in members' clothing and cars. Reg Wilson secured the Metzger truck for the club, and also arranged for the club to co-sponsor, with North American Van Lines, the showing od the Indy Car at the Rutland Mall.
Meetings in 1979 also included the first discussion of promotoing a car show in this area to reival or exceed the well established Bennington Show. Discussion in this area led to the appointment of Tom Patch and Reg Wilson as Coordinators of the efforts, and this incorporation of the club as a nonprofit organization in March of 1980. The initial Corporate Directors included Lowell Wakker, Bill Forguites, Ed Fabian, Ed Ridlon, and dean Burgess.
With the aid of the Rutland Regional Chamber of Commerce, the first show in July of 1980 was an overwhelming success, drawing over two hundred cars. the show drew praise from many people including Hemmings Motor News, who proclaimed it one of the best first year shows they had attended.
For 2018, we will be celebrating our 39th Annual car show, last year rebranded as the Rutland Car Show, on July 14th and 15th, at the Vermont State Fairgrounds in Rutland, VT.
We hold monthly meetings at the Godnick Center in Rutland. Anyone is welcome to come and if you want to be a part of the club, please ask us about joining!
Have any further questions about membership or the 2018 Rutland Car Show? Fill out the form below.
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P.O. Box 519
West Rutland, VT, 05777
2018 Rutland Car Show
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2019 Rutland Car Show
It is almost time for the 2019 Rutland Car Show
The Rutland Car Show and Auto Flea Market (previously known as the RAVE Car Show), will be held on July 13th and 14th at the Vermont State Fairgrounds in Rutland, VT. There will be vendors, food purveyors, and lots of flea market vendors. There will be trophies awarded each day, with the big ceremony on Sunday. This year we are featuring vehicles made in 1979, the year we had our first show!
Admission is only $5, and kids under 12 get in for free!
If you would like to enter your car or motorcycle or truck into the show, click on the button below to print out a registration form.
Hope we see you out there!
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