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33 Years of Vintage Racing on City Streets
33 Years of Vintage Racing on City Streets

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Schenley Park is the scene of our nation’s largest vintage race event. 150 vintage racers gather here each July to test their skills and entertain the crowd. The #PVGP   races through Schenley Park are considered by many drivers to be the most challenging race course worldwide. The 2.33 mile circuit has 23 turns not to mention haybales, manhole covers, phone poles and stone walls. The Grand Prix in Schenley Park is the only vintage race event that is run on actual city streets – made possible by our Pit Crew of 1,000 volunteers.

British Car Day at Schenley Park
Photo by September 8th.com
The best place to watch the races is from the 456 acre Bob O’Connor Golf Course where the Grand Prix stages an International Car Show with over 2,000 vehicles on display. These car shows are mainly supported by local car clubs but are also open to the public for only $30 for the weekend. In addition to the car shows there are dozens of sponsor tents, a village full of vendors and plenty of food and refreshment vendors. 200,000 spectators are expected to come out and watch the races – there is no cost for spectators to enter, but we do encourage donations. Proceeds from the event benefit charity.

There is so much that happens on the Race Weekend in Schenley Park that we can’t fit it all on one page – so here are some quick links to individual events that occur over the weekend.
International Car Show
British Car Day – Saturday July 18
Fiat FreakOut - Sat July 18 - Sunday July 19
"Marques of Italy" Marque of the Year Celebration
Vintage Ride Experience – Saturday July 18
Vintage Races thru the streets of Schenley Park
Italian Marque Races
Opening Ceremonies – Sunday July 19
Patron Parking – Sunday July 19

There are practice/warm-up sessions each morning. Qualifying races take place on Saturday with the Featured Races on Sunday. Both afternoons feature exciting racing as groups are separated by engine size and year of manufacture. There is little difference to spectators between Saturday’s and Sunday’s track action as over 150 sportscars will compete.
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If DRIVING your classic sports car is your main passion, we invite you to join us for the 2015 edition of #PVGP  Countryside Tour. Created for classic sports & GT cars manufactured in 1983 or earlier (it is a part of Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, after all!), the tour will depart from the lovely and historic Century Inn at 9:00 am and follows a delightful collection of scenic, twisting, lightly-traveled back roads through Pennsylvania’s beautiful Laurel Highlands. 

Traveling in groups of three or four cars only, to enhance both safety and the driving experience, we will work up a good thirst and an appetite, which will be slaked during our visit to Countryside Tour sponsor The Coventry Inn , in lovely Indiana, PA. Innkeeper Charles Runyan and his capable staff do a wonderful job for us, each year, in making this a high-point of the Tour.

Following lunch at The Coventry Inn, Tour participants can enjoy a self-guided tour of actor Jimmy Stewart’s home town, before heading back to the Pittsburgh area, or…

Again, for 2015, we’ve included an optional, afternoon segment to the tour. This segment will feature well-shaded, but gloriously twisting, plunging, Pennsylvania back roads. We’ll also include stops at some local points of interest, both historical and recreational, before winding our way to a new for 2015 B&B inn for refreshments and dinner. Our registration page includes a link to The Century Inn’s website, for those who would like to enjoy an overnight stay prior to the Tour, as well as a link to the Ligonier Country Inn’s website, for those who wish to enjoy a good dinner & refreshments before heading back to Pittsburgh, or spending a night at the inn.

Registration is $75.00 and includes both morning & afternoon tour segments, as well as lunch and refreshments at The Coventry Inn. New to Countryside Tour, for 2015, is the Ligonier Country Inn. Located in Laughlintown, PA, the Ligonier Country Inn features good food, a well-stocked and cozy bar, comfortable rooms and a very accommodating, friendly staff. For dinner & lodging, at Ligonier Country Inn, you will need to contact the Inn (724-238-3651) and make your own reservations. Tell them you are part of PVGP Countryside Tour, so that they can plan seating, together, for all of us.
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The Grand Prix’s Tune-Up event starts inside Atria’s at PNC Park spills out onto the sidewalks, on Federal Street and across the entire Roberto Clemente (Sixth Street) Bridge with over 125 race and show cars on display.

Kate Benz of the Tribune-Review selected it as one of the best parties of 2014 and summed it up best “the summer staple underwent a brilliant transformation this year thanks to a decision to move the festivities from its former location Downtown to the area in front of Atria’s at PNC Park on the North Side. There, the streets had been closed off, including the Sixth Street Bridge, much to the delight of a crowd that swelled by the minute.”

We are thrilled to have Metz Lewis Brodman Must O’Keefe as the primary sponsor of our Tune-Up. For the past nine years the #PVGP   has held this event at the Bossa Nova Lounge, we are moving to Atria’s at PNC Park this year. Started in 2005, this event has grown and improved each year thanks to event founders Dotti & John Bechtol and Rosemary & Joe Mendel. In 2013 this event netted nearly $15,000 for our charities!
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If you work downtown, Wednesday of Race Week is a great day to take a long lunch break. Nestled among the skyscrapers several of downtown’s most prominent addresses open their plazas to help us promote the upcoming car show. The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix hosts a parade and 4 distinct car displays in the Golden Triangle. 

The parade starts at Station Square, where cars will stage in the parking lot next to the Gateway Clipper. Check-in opens at 8:00 am. – look for signs directing you. You don’t have to participate in the parade, you are permitted to go directly to your assigned car display location. between 10:30 and 10:45 am.

The car show starts with a parade into Pittsburgh that departs at 10:30 am. Please arrive at the Gateway Clipper parking lot in Station Square as close as possible to 9:00 am to ensure your space in the parade. Due to space limitations parade participation is restricted to antique, classic or race cars. 

Sponsor cars are also included. Parade check-in opens 8:00 am and stages from 9:00 – 10:30 am. Parade Departs: 10:40 am for the 10 minute parade across the river and into the city. Cars are displayed from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. The Parade enters the city and thunders through the streets, dropping off cars at four locations:

US Steel Plaza
PPG Place 
Market Square
Point State Park and Fort Pitt Museum
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The Grand Prix’s Waterfront Car Cruise has grown in popularity every year since it was moved to the Waterfront in 2001. Each year you can see more and more unique cars. Located in the parking lot area between Steak ‘n Shake and First Commonwealth Bank along East Waterfront Drive it’s one of the largest specialty cruises in Pittsburgh. Located a few miles from Schenley Park it’s a perfect warm-up for the vintage races on the upcoming weekend. A special thanks goes out to the new Waterfront owners; M&J Wilkow, for underwriting our cruise and supporting our event!

Guardian Storage SolutionsThe PVGP is pleased to have Guardian Storage Solutions as the sponsor of our annual car cruise. Guardian is the premier source for self storage and Mobile Storage products and services in Pittsburgh. We are looking forward to seeing nearly 750 cars on display at our annual cruise at the Waterfront in Homestead. The car show takes place from 5:00 until 9:00 PM in the parking lot along Waterfront Drive.
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Nestled on Shadyside’s charming Walnut Street view a sampling of rare, classic and exotic cars. This long running show features some of the region’s finest and most unique vehicles. Cars are selected by invitation only – so this promises to include show cars rarely seen at other car shows and cruises. Walnut Street is located only minutes from Schenley Park where the International Car Show and races occur a few days later.

Eyetique 
Our sponsor of our Walnut Street Invitational Car Show...
Founded by Norman Childs, eyetique first opened in 1979 in the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh and has grown to 7 stores located throughout the greater Pittsburgh region including two stores on Walnut Street in Shadyside, Other locations include Wexford, South Hills Village, Wilkins Twp., Southside Works, Squirrel Hill, and the Mall at Robinson. Norman Childs has been designing his own line of glasses since 1998, which has become the best-selling line at eyetique. They have built their reputation on providing exceptional service along with high-fashion, high-quality products.

Shadyside
Shadyside, in the heart of Pittsburgh’s East End, is a residential neighborhood with a village-like feel with Walnut Street, Ellsworth and South Highland Avenues as its prosperous commercial and entertainment core. These streets offer a bustling atmosphere of boutiques, shops, lounges, and restaurants designed to suit the discriminating tastes of residents and visitors. Shadyside is popular with a mix of affluent families, young professionals, artists and students. Old-fashioned architectural character, along with newer, modern homes and buildings are woven together, making a unique and beautiful neighborhood.

Invitation Policy
In order to limit the chaos on the day of the show, only cars holding a mailed invitation will be admitted. The logistics of squeezing 130 cars onto Walnut Street is daunting: accommodating unexpected guests is next to impossible. Please do not show-up without an invitation expecting to show your car. Invitations are rotated from year to year so that we can showcase a different variety each year.
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The #PVGP is thrilled to return to South Hills Country Club for the 2015 edition of our Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala. We held the gala there in 2013 and the club pulled out all the stops for us. In typical Grand Prix style there will be drinks and hors-d’oeuvres served within the display of beautiful cars in front of the club.

Cocktails & Silent Auction: 7:00 PM
Dinner & Live Auction: 8:00 PM
Dessert and music on the patio: 9:30 PM
This event is a black-tie dress code. For the ladies; evening gowns or cocktail dresses
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The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix has grown into a 10 day motorsport event with two weekends of racing! The kick-off weekend launches our event. This bellicose big-bore battalion of 1960’s and 70’s legends will roar through the Pittsburgh International Race Complex (Pitt-Race) in Beaver Falls on the July 10-12 weekend. The PVGP is excited to welcome PIRC as a Gold Sponsor of our event. #PVGP
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The 2015 Kick-off Rallye will begin at the Schenley Park Cafe and Visitor Center which is just across the street from Phipps Conservatory in Oakland – right on the same road that we will race on two weeks later! The driving portion takes 2-3 hours few hours and concludes at the Spaghetti Warehouse at the corner of 26th Street & Smallman Street in the Strip District. Where it goes in between is anybody’s guess!

The entry fee for a team of two is normally $75.00, but is discounted to $60. This includes entry and meals for two people. Meals for any additional participants can be purchased for only $15 each Register online today. You can also download a Kick-Off Rallye Form and pay with a check.
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The culmination of our 10 day celebration of the Mustang occurs at our International Car Show at Schenley Park on the July 20/21 weekend. All Marque of the Year Mustang’s will be displayed in our traditional Marque of the Year fairway along Schenley Drive.
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