PITTSBURGH, PA (July 3, 2021) The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation, is ready to get “Back on Track” and resume its events. The PVGP Historic Races at Pitt Race Complex get underway on July 16-18 with historic cars from the ’60s and ’70s competing on one of the nations’ finest road racing courses.
The following weekend, July 24/25, the Grand Prix returns to race through the twisty roads of Pittsburgh’s beautiful Schenley Park with an International Car Show on the Bob O’Connor Golf Course.
Executive Director Dan DelBianco explains all the excitement “the enthusiasm for all our events is building as we get closer to Race Week. Racer and car show registrations are well ahead of last year’s pace with several events already sold out.
The Grand Prix hosts 10 days of events with something for everybody. We have big-bore racing in Beaver County and vintage races through an idyllic city park. We have car shows for exotic cars, vintage cars, even a car cruise for muscle cars.
In addition to the two race weekends, PVGP’s Race Week events include the Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala at Valley Brook Country Club on July 16 with 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal scheduled to appear and auction off a special Indy 500 racing package.
The car shows start at the Walnut Street Invitational Car Show on Monday, July 19, a Waterfront Car Cruise on Tuesday, July 20, and the Downtown Car Show and Tune-Up on Wednesday, July 21.
The Tune-Up Party has been a popular Race Week fixture since 2006. It moves to the SouthSide Works, where hundreds of cars will gather for a fabulous car show and street festival. For more information, visit www.pvgp.org/calendar for details and tickets.
“The Greatest Cars in Racing” are coming to the PVGP for a display and exhibition laps on July 24/25, courtesy of Bobby Rahal Auto Group. “Indy in the Park” will feature a dozen cars that raced in the Indianapolis 500 that will take to the track each afternoon for exhibition laps. Vintage Indy™ is dedicated to the history and preservation of the Indianapolis 500 championship cars.
Corvette is our 2021 Marque of the Year. There is a full schedule of events where Corvette owners of all years are encouraged to participate – all years are welcome. Many thanks to the Western PA Chevy Dealers for their support – we are looking forward to seeing the new C8 Corvette in Pittsburgh this summer.
Starting this year, a $5 minimum contribution is being requested for spectators walking into the Schenley Park Race Weekend, though children 12 and under are still admitted for free. The costs to stage this event are significant and we want to continue hosting this event and helping our deserving charity partners at the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Merakey AVS.
Please help support this great event and its cause – to produce a world-class vintage automotive event in order to raise funds to help provide residential care, treatment and support for autistic and intellectually/developmentally disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh region. “We appreciate the community support that has helped us raise $5.9 million for our autism charities since we started in 1983.
We look forward to a great series of events spread out over the region this coming July, and crossing the $6 million finish line” said Dan DelBianco, PVGP executive director.
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and Steel City Auction have teamed up to hold an online auction to benefit the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Merakey Allegheny School. The auction launches on Tuesday, June 8th! Visit them online at www.steelcityauction.com to register, view, and bid on deals starting at 65% OFF! Listings will be added each day through the close of the auction on Monday, June 14th and will include listings such as Home Saunas, Spas, Tuition at Thiel College, Hawaii Time Share, Weekend at Seven Springs, Birthday Party Packages, Jewelry, Artwork/Memorabilia, Gift Certificate Packages, Cigars, Auto Details, and more!
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with a charity mission. The organization was founded in 1983 and has raised nearly $6 million for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Merakey Allegheny Valley School for individuals with autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities.
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association is a 501 c-3 non-profit organization that stages its event for the benefit of spectators and to raise important funds for our charity partners The PVGPA pays the full cost to host this event including rental and repair of the golf course, city services, trash removal, port-a-johns, security, insurance and tents. We ask that you follow our guidelines and Code of Conduct. The Pittsburgh Police and our security team will enforce these restrictions. Please honor our rules and keep this unique event safe and family-friendly.
Starting in 2021, a $5 minimum donation is asked of event spectators aged 12 and older, kids under 12 are still free. Our costs to stage this event are significant and we want to help our charity partners. Please help support this great event and its worthy charities. The contribution can be made when you enter the Bob O’Connor Golf Course and the Start/Finish Area or passes can be purchased online to help speed up the process and provide touchless entry.
The PVGP is a 501 c-3 charity that stages this world-class event to raise funds to support individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities, through the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Merakey Allegheny Valley School. We are fortunate to have the support of the greater Pittsburgh community to stage our event at Schenley Park since 1983. We look forward to a great series of events spread out over the region this July.
A 10-DAY AUTOMOTIVE FESTIVAL THAT BENEFITS CHARITY
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is preparing to get back on track this year. Participants and fans will be pleased to hear that we are planning to resume our Race Week events. These plans are all subject to the evolving covid protocols.
In 2021 we are honoring the Corvette as our Marque of the Year. A special Vintage Indy Exhibition is coming to Schenley Park.
There is something at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix for anyone who has a fondness for things that go “vroom.” The following schedule contains more information and links to register. See our Photo Galleries and learn how to get involved as a volunteer. Learn more about the PVGP organization and history.
Sunday, July 11 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
If you like cars and country roads, this is a great way to spend a summer Sunday and kick off the Grand Prix. The Rallye is like a countryside tour and a scavenger hunt rolled into one. This is a casual and fun event with no experience required. Your $75 entry includes participation in the Rallye for driver and navigator. Rallye starts and ends at Smokey Bones at the Pittsburgh Mills.
PVGP Historics at Pitt-Race Complex
July 15-18 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
If you’re into hearing the thunderous roar of historic cars and ground pounders on a 2.8-mile purpose-built track at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex, this is the weekend for you. The PVGP Historics have developed into one of the PVGP’s most popular and growing events. On Saturday and Sunday from noon to 1:00 pm, for a donation to the charity, there is even a chance for spectators to experience a thrilling lap on the track with a racecar driver. Admission is $20 per day; kids under 12 are free. Special trackside parking on Spectator Hill and by the Water Tower.
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Black Tie & Tailpipes Gala
Friday, July 16 – 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
This formal event benefiting our charities is a must for any auto enthusiast as the designated parking area turns into a car show. For the first time, we are holding the party at Valley Brook Country Club in Canonsburg. We even have a fireworks display!
Sponsored by Bobby Rahal Auto Group
Invitational Car Show on Walnut Street
Monday, July 19 – 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nestled on Shadyside’s charming Walnut Street is a sampling of what’s to come on the weekend at Schenley Park with this impressive display of rare, classic, and exotic cars. Show cars by invitation only; free to spectators.
Sponsored by Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty
Tuesday, July 20 – 10:00 am– 3:00 pm
If you have a vintage car (1983 and older), you’re invited to tour the Laurel Highlands with us. The route changes each year. We are excited to announce that the tour is returning to Jamison Farm for an incredible lunch and continuing through the southwestern Pennsylvania countryside. Traditionally a Thursday event, the tour is moving to Tuesday.
Sponsored by Jamison Farm
Waterfront Car Cruise
Tuesday, July 20 – 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Just about any car can be found among this impressive gathering of approximately 600 vehicles at the Waterfront Shopping Center in Homestead. The show is open to all vehicle makes and years for a $5 donation to our charities. Vendors will be present.
Sponsored by Guardian Storage and the Waterfront
Downtown Car Display
Wednesday, July 21 – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
This show will be staged at three locations in 2021 with cars at PPG Place, Market Square and USX Plaza. The cost is $10 to participate with proceeds benefiting our charities. There will not be a parade this year.
Grand Prix Tune-Up Party & Automotive Showcase
Wednesday, July 21 – 6:00 pm– 9:00 pm
The Grand Prix’s Tune-Up Party has been a popular Race Week event since it was created back in 2006. The party is now shifting gears and moving to the Town Square at the SouthSide Works. Hundreds of cars will gather for a fabulous car show including race cars, exotics, antiques and show cars for this exciting street festival in the streets surrounding the Cheesecake Factory and the Hofbräuhaus.
Schenley Park Race Weekend
Saturday, July 24
International Car Show – 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Join us for a day full of family-friendly automobile-themed activities at the Bob O’Connor Golf Course in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park. Thousands of classic, antique and exotic vehicles fill the golf course for our International Car Show. If speed is more your thing, watch 150 vintage racers compete on the track all day to qualify for Sunday’s featured races. During the day, grab a snack at our food courtyard or shop at our Vendor Village. International Car Show entry fee is $50 per show car for the weekend. Charity donation for spectators aged 12 and over is only $5 per day.
Vintage Race Practice and Qualifying Heats – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
8:15 AM – 5:00 PM Cars on track – Race Schedule
noon – 1:00 PM Vintage Lap Experience.
Schenley Park Race Day
Sunday, July 25, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Our 10-day event closes with a roar as we continue with our races and car shows all day long.
8:15 AM to 10:15 AM Warm-up & Practice Laps – Race Schedule
11:00 AM to noon Opening Ceremonies, Parade laps by Marque of the Year and Patron Parkers
12:00 to 5:00 PM Vintage Races
9:30 AM to 5:00 PM-International Car Show on the Bob O’Connor Golf Course
International Car Show – 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Join us for a day full of family-friendly automobile-themed activities at the Bob O’Connor Golf Course in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park. Thousands of classic, antique and exotic vehicles fill the golf course for our International Car Show. If speed is more your thing, watch 150 vintage racers warm up in the morning and compete in the Hofbrauhaus trophy races in the afternoon. During the day, grab a snack at our food courtyard or shop at our Vendor Village. International Car Show entry fee is $50 per show car for the weekend. Charity donation for spectators aged 12 and over is only $5 per day.
There is so much that happens that we can’t fit it all on one page – so here are some quick links to individual events that occur on Sunday.
International Car Show
Vintage Indy Car Exhibition
MINI Track Rides
Vintage Races thru the streets of Schenley Park
Opening Ceremonies – Sunday, July 25
Hofbrauhaus Winners Circle
Spectator Parking on Flagstaff Hill
Patron Parking – Sunday, July 25
Future PVGP Race Week Dates