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PVGP Association

2015 Op Com

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is quite a unique vintage racing event. Not only is it America’s largest vintage race, but its the only one run on city streets – the way sports car racing began in the 1940’s and 1950’s. We are proud to host one of western Pennsylvania’s premiere events, one whose mission is to celebrate and honor our founding auto enthusiasts while simultaneously using this venue to benefit charity. Funds raised help provide residential care, treatment and support for autistic and developmentally disabled individuals in the greater Pittsburgh area through the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.

The PVGP is synonymous with Schenley Park and 2016 will mark our 34th consecutive year racing through the beautiful park setting. Vintage racing at Schenley Park is the culmination of a 10-day Race Week highlighted by Historic Races at PIRC, numerous car shows, cruises, a Blacktie Gala, and our Kick-Off Rallye.

We want to thank everyone who makes this event possible; the drivers who allow us to share in their appreciation of vintage motorsports, the army of volunteers who work yearlong to make the races and shows run smoothly, and the cooperation of our city governments to stage this world-class event throughout Pittsburgh.

The end goal of this event is to raise funds for our charities and we need your help. Our event, as always, is free to spectators, but your contributions will assure that we can continue to provide quality vintage racing as well supporting the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.

We invite you to explore this website for details about our organization and our charities and to get a glimpse of our incredible 10 day event.

Ladies and gentlemen…start your engines!

The PVGPA Executive Committee and Board of Directors


Board of Directors

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association welcomes Dr. Dwight Heron to our Board of Directors and congratulates Dan Taylor, James Dolan and Dotti Bechtol as our new Board officers. We would also like to thank George Jacoby for guiding the PVGP as chairman for the past 15 years!

Daniel Taylor – Chairman
James Dolan – Vice Chairman
Dotti Bechtol – Treasurer
Daniel Torisky – Secretary
Regis Champ
Stan Geier
Dr. Dwight Heron
George Jacoby
Gigi Saladna
Maggie Schmotzer

Executive Commitee

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association welcomes Bill Permar and Eric Zagrocki to our Executive Committee. We would also like to thank Deborah Liotus and Jerry Longstreth for their many years of service!

Bob Borgo – Assistant Race Director
Cathy Dernorsek – Volunteer Recruitment & General Security
Jim “Rocky” Farrar – Race Director
John Gloninger – Patron Parking
Bill Haus – PVGP Historics Race Director
John Kerr – Clubhouse & Logistics
Sue MacIntyre – Merchandise
Donna McDonough- Race Side
Bill Permar – Controller
Amy Rocini- Secretary & Merchandise Sales Personnel
Ted Sohier – Race Announcer & Public Relations
Bob Speer – Showside Director
Eric Zagrocki – Car Shows
Dan DelBianco – Executive Director

PVGP Operating Committee

Race Side
Don Baker – Timing/Scoring
Corky Bennett – Course Radio Communications
Bob Borgo – Assistant Race Director/Pit & Paddock
J. Keith Cassidy – Security/Timing/Scoring
Mike Connolly – Competition Committee
Jim “Rocky” Farrar – Race Director
Frank & Kristi Gaus – Autocross
Bruce Gezon  – Rallye Master
Chris Granche- Assistant Race Director – Historics at Pitt-Race
Debbie Gruss
Karen Hanchett – Race Track Motorcycle Security
Bill Haus – Race Director – Historics at Pitt-Race
Tait Hilbert – Co-Chief of Grid
Jeff Huntzelman – Timing & Scoring
Barry Kaplan – Safety Steward and Radios
Carey Lehew – Co-Chief of Grid
Vince Longo Jr. – MINI Track Rides
Walt Matenkosky – Course Crew
Donna McDonough – Race Registration
Ken Murin – Co-Chief of Paddock/Assistant Race Director
Joe & Vickie Ropar – Flag/Communication
J. Scott Rupert – License Plates
Lenny Santora – Race Course Banners
Ted Sohier – Race Announcer
Steve Struebing – Co-Chief of Paddock
Dan Torisky – Clubhouse
Brian Urban – Race Course Set-Up
Lester Walter – Timing/Scoring
Danny Yanda – Test & Tune

Show Side
Kevin Barnes – Social Media
Dotti Bechtol – Tune-Up Event
John Bechtol – Tune-Up Event
Christopher Blackwell – Security
Lauren Wright Brodt – Database/Volunteer Registration
Heidi Hess Buckley – Patron Parking
Ray Christner – Shuttle Bus Transportation
Ramona Corey – VIP Pavilion
Cathy Dernorsek – Volunteers/Event Security
Greg Farrell – Walnut Street Car Show Co-Captain
Lynne Figgins – Tune-Up Event Co-Chair
Ron George – American Car Show Co-Captain
Susan Gera – Public Relations
John Gloninger – Patron Parking Captain
Don Johnson – Jaguar Concours
John Kerr – Kick-Off Rallye & Clubhouse/Support Services Captain
Cliff Laschon – Cars N Coffee Car Show Captain
Rocco Lamanna – Vendor Village
Matthew Little – Official PVGP Photographer
Barbara Longstreth – Merchandise/Club House
Jerry Longstreth – Downtown Car Show Captain
Paul MacIntyre – Kick-Off Rallye Co-Captain & Clubhouse
Sue MacIntyre – Merchandise Captain
Bernard Martin – Social Media/Cortile Captain
Michael Meehan – BMW Club
Paul Miller – Car Show Registration
Mark Morrow – American Car Show Co-Captain
Bud & Cindy Osbourne – Countryside Tour
Bill Permar – Controller
Don Privett – Waterfront Car Cruise & Vendor Village
Ed Rice – Porsche Club
Amy Rocini – Merchandise Booth Staffing
Andy Schor – Cortile & Audi Club
Maggie Schmotzer- Black-Tie Gala Chairperson
Tom Schweitzer – British Car Day
Mark Sheldon – European Car Show Captain
Bob Speer – Car Show Chairman & Showside Director
Mary Ann Speer – Car Shows
Meghan Speer – Asian Car Show Captain
Richard Spring – Downtown Car Parade & Display
Kim Smith – Volunteer Committee
Reid Smith – Donation Stations
Evan Stein – On-Site WIFI
Blaise Swiess – Social Media
Pete Szymansky – Kick-Off Rallye
Dan Torisky – Clubhouse/Support Services
Steve Weber – On-Site Media
Manfred Woodall – Website and Communications
Helen Wylie – Tune-Up Event Co-Chair
Eric Zagrocki – Car Shows

Competition Committee

John Bechtol
Mike Connolly
Rocky Farrar
Bill Haus
Donna McDonough
Ken Murin
Michael Schindel
Dr. William Swartz
Ian Wisbon
Christopher Zappa

Advisory Committee

Danny Yanda – Chairman
Thomas Barbush – RR Donnelley
Louis DePaul – Eckert Seamans
Charlie Dolan – Sequoia Waste Solutions
Wes Easley – ibr Search
Joseph Mendel – Ernst & Young
Alan Patterson – Original PVGP member
Jarred Romesburg – Romesburg Media
Dr. William Swartz – Retired UPMC
Tom Wettach – Cohen & Grace
Candy Williams – Jefferson Medical Center
Bryan Williams – US Steel
Andrew “Hersch” Venezie –
Tom Zuck – Tribune Review
Manfred Woodall – Allegheny Health Network