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.