The pittsburgh vintage grand prix. Its more than just a car show
Now preparing for our 35th year the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix started out as a single day race in Schenley Park in 1983. Our tribute to motorsport history culminates that magical weekend, our event has matured into a 10-day motorsports celebration spanning six venues and two counties. Basically it is two featured weekends of vintage racing with a cast of supporting car shows and motorsport events in between.
Schenley Park is the scene of our nation’s largest vintage race event and the only one run on actual city streets. 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, haybales, manhole covers, phone poles and stone walls.
The best place to watch the races is from the 456 acre Bob O’Connor Golf Course where the Grand Prix stages its 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 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 refreshments. 200,000 spectators are expected to come out and watch the races and view the cars.
The PVGP’s mission remains the same as it was in 1983, “To host a world-class vintage race event that celebrates our automotive heritage and raises money for charity.” Proceeds benefit the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School. Since 1983 our racers have shared the wheel with the PVGP in donating $4 million to help individuals in Western Pennsylvania affected by autism and developmental disabilities.