Help us honor Patrick Hespen’s memory by participating in the Hespen Rally, a journey from Detroit to Cleveland to support the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation. All proceeds raised will go to Bile Duct Cancer research.

Date: Sunday, September 20, 2015

Time: Assemble at 7:00 AM, On the Road at 7:30 AM

Start: Pasteiner’s Auto Zone Hobbies, 33202 Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009

End: Sterle's Slovenian Country House, 1401 E 55th St, Cleveland, OH 44103


MEET UP IN Birmingham, Michigan 

The event will begin at 7:00 AM in the parking lot of Pasteiner’s Auto Zone Hobbies. If you have not pre-registered, you will be able to register on site. Get a chance to look at the other vehicles, get a cup of coffee, and meet with fellow Rally goers. We will review the Rally information and hope to get on our way by 7:30 AM. 


End in cleveland, OHIO for lunch 

The convoy will head southeast towards Cleveland, Ohio. By 12:30 PM, all of the vehicles will (hopefully) have made it to Sterle's Slovenian Country House. Enjoy wienerschnitzels and talking cars with fellow enthusiasts as we honor Patrick. Sterle's parking lot will make a great place for an impromptu car show for all of the participants. 

Join the Journey.

We invite Patrick's friends, family, and colleagues, as well as members of the media and car enthusiasts to join us at the Hespen Rally. 

When you sign up to join us, you will receive: 

  • Participation in the Hespen Rally
  • Lunch at Sterle's in Cleveland
  • A Hespen Rally t-shirt and sticker
  • All funds will go to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation to support Bile Duct Cancer research

$50 per vehicle and 1 driver, $25 for each additional person.

Please pre-register below. To complete your registration, you can either: (1) make a donation to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation online in Patrick Hespen's memory and bring a donation confirmation to the Rally, or (2) bring a check made out to Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation. 

If you are unable to attend the rally, but would still like to donate to help find a cure for bile duct cancer, please click here and be sure to select ‘in memory of Patrick Hespen’ on the online donation form.

 Patrick with his wife Gina

Patrick with his wife Gina

About Patrick Hespen.  

Cars formed the bookends to Patrick Hespen’s all-too-brief life. He was born in 1978 into a car family – his dad sold Volkswagens in Cleveland – and Patrick grew up tinkering with engines. He was in the military and served in the Middle East before getting his dream job working in the auto industry, first with Audi and then as a communications manager with Ford and then Fiat Chrysler. It was especially in these last two roles where Patrick’s effervescent personality, encyclopedic knowledge of cars and his incredible work ethic – he’d help anybody at anytime – attracted hundreds of new friends. Patrick, who maintained his lifelong passion for Volkswagens, passed away in December from a rare form of bile duct cancer. At his funeral, automakers set aside their rivalries and honored Patrick with 2,100 horsepower salute of revving engines. We honor Patrick and keep his friendship alive with the first Hespen Rally to combat Bile Duct Cancer.  

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Patrick loved cars. Patrick loved road trips. He had a passion for everything automotive. This rally honors and pays tribute for Patrick’s love of being behind the wheel

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