Event takes place this coming weekend, October 1

Air-cooled Porsches, coats for underprivileged children and an Austrian millionaire…other than what could be the setup for a really bad joke, what do all of these things possibly have in common? They’re all coming together October 1st for the inaugural Driven to America charity event on Long Island, NY to support those less fortunate. The directors are inviting everyone for a celebration of the air-cooled Porsches, and a retrospect of the man responsible for importing them to the U.S., Austrian born businessman Maximilian Edwin Hoffman.  With a name like that, you knew he was destined for greatness…and as storied as we are here, it would be well beyond the recognition we can give him.

Photo credits to CCS

Born in 1904, Hoffman grew up working in his father’s bicycle manufacturing business. He honed his auto racing skills to eventually drive professionally. In 1934, Max would retire from racing cars and expand his career in selling them.  Fast-forward to the ’50s and he was instrumental in persuading manufacturers to offer products better suited to the American market. This meant importing luxurious European cars like the Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing’, Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, BMWs and the Porsche 356 speedster…and this was only the beginning.

Hans Kleissl and Jochen Mass - 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing at the 2016 Goodwood Revival (Photo 1)

 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. Photo credit: Dave Adams Automotive Images

The event will take place at the Hoffman Center in Muttontown, New York. Attendees from around the country will join their fellow air-cooled Porsche owners, racers, collectors as well as die-hard fans. “The air-cooled car culture is vibrant in this region, coupled with the car racing history of the Island, this is the perfect venue to spotlight the love affair America has with the Porsche,” states David Jacobson, Founding Executive Director, Driven to America and owner of Collector Car Showcase.

Other than spending the day gawking at some of the most historic cars in existence, this event especially caught our attention because Driven to America supports the efforts of Layers of Love NY: Because Warmth Comes from the Heart, a not-for-profit organization benefiting children and families on Long Island in need of winter coats. Attendees and exhibitors are asked to donate a gently used or new coat on the day of the event. Drop off bins will be stationed at the entrance, other drop off locations and information is listed here.

For the last several years, our friends and family have supported us in donating coats and warm clothes for the homeless shelter here close to home during the Holiday season.  We encourage you if you’re local to NY to attend and support a great cause…Drive Fun Daily and Give Back a’Plenty.

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