The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix 2016 was held July 8-17 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Buoyed by great weather, an estimated crowd of more than 300,000 spectators visited the 10-day festival that culminated with the 34th annual races staged on the scenic, yet technically challenging circuit at Schenley Park.
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) is unique in America, as it’s the only vintage car race staged on public roads amidst the public 456-acre Schenley Park. The 2.33-mile circuit is comprised of 23 turns, complete with two lane roads, bridges with stone walls, curbs, manhole covers and telephone poles.
A field of nearly 150 vintage race cars participated in the 2016 Pittsburgh Vintage GP, grouped together by engine size and year of manufacture in six race classes and two featured races. There were practice warm-up sessions each morning, with qualifying races on Saturday and the featured races staged on Sunday.
According to PVGP Competition Director John Bechtol, “The huge crowds at Schenley Park enjoyed good racing and the Formula Ford exhibition race was particularly exciting as we witnessed a new track record.”
Similar to 2013, 2014 and 2015, Sports Car Digest also documented the 2016 PVGP, with photographer Michael DiPleco offering the following pictures showing the field of historic race cars and the unique setting of the Schenley Park track. We split up Michael’s images into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, while the second gallery can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all 230 photographs.
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix 2016 – Featured Photo Gallery
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