The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is well-known for being the only vintage car race staged on public roads in the United States. Held over the July 19-20 weekend on 2.3 miles of Pittsburgh city streets in Schenley Park, the race features nearly 200 vintage cars on the two lane roads and bridges with stone walls, curbs and telephone poles.
Since the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is held on city streets amid a 456 acre public park, there are no gates or admission fees charged. Race Week attendance is estimated at a quarter million people, with over 200,000 attending the Schenley Park weekend, making it the largest vintage racing spectator event in the United States.
For many Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix fans, the annual race poster is the icon of the event. It announces the dates, reveals the year’s featured marque and sets the tone for the 10-day event. This year’s poster, in addition to doing all of the above, has broken the mold in both format and style. Pittsburgh’s Mark Bender has created a nostalgic image that incorporates a period-correct illustration with a striking frame/border that helps to tell the unique story of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.
2008 Race Week Highlights:
Kick-Off Rallye – The week kicks off Sunday July 6th with a mystery road rally to test your driving and navigational skills.
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Races at BeaveRun – On July 12-13, the first weekend of racing takes place at BeaveRun MotorSports Complex in nearby Beaver Falls, PA. This venue allows fans to see American muscle cars and big-bore racers that are too big and fast for Schenley Park’s circuit. It’s a loud and exciting start to a weeklong celebration of the automobile. Admission is $12 per day or $20 for the weekend.
Downtown Parade Lap and Car Display – On Wednesday, July 16th, 50 race and show cars will thunder through downtown Pittsburgh on their way to car shows at USX Plaza, PPG Place and Market Square. Wednesday also features the Grand Prix Tune-Up at Bossa Nova from 6:00-9:00 pm.
The weekend’s Combined Car Show at Schenley Park attracts 2,000 show cars with their respective car clubs. The largest club is the Western Pennsylvania Triumph Association, marking their 23rd year as the sponsors of British Car Day, which bring 600 British cars on Saturday, July 19. There is major support from the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Clubs, as well as participation from clubs representing MINI, BMW, Jaguar, VW, Mustang, Pontiac GTO, Mazda and Austin-Healey.
Italian Cars Featured – The 2008 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix has selected Italian Cars as its featured marque. Great racing names like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Fiat and Abarth will be visible at all PVGP events including a huge party on race weekend at Schenley Park on July 19-20.
For more information on the schedule of events, visit the official website www.pvgp.org
[Source: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix]