WHIRL’s Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix 2014 Guide

Gear up for the 32nd annual celebration with our overview of the big event! It’s the nation’s largest vintage race event and one of the most anticipated summer events in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix roars back in to the city July 11-20 to celebrate all things auto and in support of two amazing charities: Allegheny Valley School and the Autism Society of Pittsburgh. The 32nd annual event will bring more than 250,000 drivers and fans together to race and admire cars of every make and year. The main event is the vintage car race at Schenley Park, but with so many events leading up to it — including the Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala and international car shows — there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Hop in, and let us be your guide to this fabulous (and free!) event.

By Rachel Jones
Photograph by Michael Fornataro

Race Week Schedule

Sunday, July 6 | First car off at 11:31 a.m.

KICK-OFF RALLYE

A “mystery course,” which combines driving and navigation skills, travels from the Visitors Center in Schenley Park and finishes at the Spaghetti Warehouse in the Strip District with a car show and meal.

Friday, July 11 | 7-11 p.m.

BLACKTIE & TAILPIPES GALA

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix will host its annual black-tie party, benefiting the PVGP charities, at Longue Vue Club in Verona. $250 per person.

Friday, July 11

RACER TEST & TUNE

Vintage race drivers get a chance to tune their vehicles and practice at the Pitt-Race Complex for the races that weekend. $165 for the day. Free to the viewing public.

Saturday-Sunday, July 12-13 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

PVGP HISTORICS AT PITT-RACE COMPLEX

The 11th Annual PVGP Historic Race Weekend, held at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex, presents a variety of vintage and historic racing cars along with related activities in Beaver Falls. $15 per day, $25 for the weekend. Children under 12 are free. All proceeds benefit PVGP charities.

Monday, July 14 | 5-9 p.m.

INVITATIONAL CAR SHOW ON WALNUT STREET

Walnut Street in Shadyside will host a preview, sponsored by Eyetique, of rare, classic, and exotic cars to be shown during the weekend at Schenley Park. Show cars must have invitation. Free event.

Tuesday, July 15 | 5-9 p.m.

WATERFRONT CAR CRUISE

Sponsored by Guardian Storage, this cruise shows off more than 500 cars of all marques. $5 donation to charities is requested.

Wednesday, July 16 | 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m

DOWNTOWN PARADE & CAR DISPLAY

More than 100 race and show cars will roar through Downtown Pittsburgh on their way to be displayed at the U.S. Steel Tower, PPG Place, Market Square, and Point State Park.

Wednesday, July 16 | 6-9 p.m.

GRAND PRIX TUNE-UP

Sponsored by Metz Lewis Brodman Must O’Keefe, live entertainment and a silent auction will take over Atria’s at PNC Park. Then, a car show will be held on the Roberto Clemente Bridge. $40 per person. Price includes appetizers and one complimentary cocktail.

Thursday, July 17 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

COUNTRYSIDE TOUR

Everyone is invited by The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix for a Countryside Tour with a pit stop for lunch at the Coventry Inn.

Thursday, July 17 | 7 p.m.-1 a.m.

HARD ROCK CAFÉ — “CARS & GUITARS” CONCERT

Rock out to Gathering Field and Maddie Georgi at the Hard Rock Café in Station Square.


Race Weekend Schedule

Schenley Park Car Shows and Race Qualifying | Saturday, July 19

BRITISH CAR DAY | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Triumph Association (WPTA), this show features more than 500 of England’s best sport and luxury automobiles.

INTERNATIONAL CAR SHOW | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

In one of the largest international car shows in the region, more than 2,000 vehicles of every make and year from across the world will be on display at the Schenley Park golf course. Vintage motorbikes are welcome, too. $30 for the entire weekend.

VINTAGE TRACK RIDES | 12-1 p.m.

Experience all of the glory of a lap around the Schenley Park race circuit in an actual race car. $40 donation benefits both charities.

VINTAGE QUALIFYING RACES | 1-5 p.m.

Watch 150 vintage race cars in six categories for their morning practice runs and afternoon qualifying races from the golf course or the pit/paddock for a closer view.

Schenley Park Race Day | Sunday, July 20

INTERNATIONAL CAR SHOW | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

In one of the largest international car shows in the region, more than 2,000 vehicles of every make and year from across the world will be on display at the Schenley Park golf course. Vintage motorbikes are welcome, too. $30 for the entire weekend.

PATRON PARKING | 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Take a parade lap of the race track in your own car, then watch the races from a private and exclusive parking area that overlooks turns 17 and 18. Spaces start at $200. Call 412.856.7223.

PARADES AND OPENING CEREMONY | 11-11:50 a.m.

Celebrate the start of the big race with the Grand Marshal, Charity Ambassadors and Dignitaries, MINI Marque of the Year, and Patron Parking participants.

FEATURED VINTAGE RACES | 12-5 p.m.

This is the main event! Vintage cars in six groups will race eight laps around the 2.3-mile track. The top finisher in each race will be honored in the Winner’s Circle at the Start/Finish Line.

For more details, visit pvgp.org.

Click here for a printable version of the schedules.


Race Weekend Map

Click here to view the PVGP map of Schenley Park.


Grand Prix News

Click here to discover the 2014 Marque of the Year, vintage pieces from Crown Antiques Mall, and more!


Charities & Inspirational Stories

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is proud to recognize Allegheny Valley School and the Autism Society of Pittsburgh as the event’s charities. Also, hear from the inspirational Maehling brothers, who come from a family of top racers, as well as Cathy Dernorsek, who attended the Grand Prix for the first time in 1985.

Click here to read more.

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