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THE PVGP OPERATING COMMITTEE DISPLAYS THE RECORD DONATION CHECK

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 mentally disabled individuals through the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.

The PVGP is synonymous with Schenley Park and 2017 marked our 35th 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 a Jet Center Party!

We want to thank everyone who makes this event possible; the drivers who share 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 government to stage this world-class event throughout Pittsburgh.

Ladies and gentlemen…start your engines!

The PVGPA Board of Directors & Executive Committee


Board of Directors

Daniel Taylor – Chairman
James Dolan – Vice Chairman
Dotti Bechtol – Treasurer
Daniel Torisky – Secretary
Louis DePaul
Stan Geier
Dr. Dwight Heron
George Jacoby
John Putzier
Gigi Saladna


Executive Committee

Bob Borgo – Race Director
Cathy Dernorsek – Volunteer Recruitment & General Security
John Gloninger – Patron Parking
Bill Haus – PVGP Historics Director
John Kerr – Clubhouse & Logistics
Sue MacIntyre – Merchandise
Donna McDonough- Race Side
Ken Murin – Race Director
Bill Permar – Controller
Amy Rocini- Secretary & Merchandise Sales Personnel
Ted Sohier – Race Announcer & Public Relations
Bob Speer – Showside Director
Eric Zagrocki – Car Shows & Jet Center Party

Dan DelBianco – Executive Director


PVGP Operating Committee

Race Side
Kip Andreas – Registration
Don Baker – Timing/Scoring
Corky Bennett – Course Radio Communications
Bob Borgo – Race Director/Pit & Paddock
J. Keith Cassidy – Security/Timing/Scoring
Mike Connolly – Competition Committee
Ray Dembowski – Flag/Communication
Jim & Kelly Gezo – Pit & Paddock
Bruce Gezon  – Rallye Master
Chris Granche – Assistant Race Director – Historics at Pitt Race
Debbie Gruss – Race Side
Karen Hanchett – Race Track Motorcycle Security
Bill Haus – Race Director – Historics at Pitt Race
Paula Hawthorne – Grid
Tait Hilbert – Co-Chief of Grid
Jeff Hutzelman – Timing & Scoring
Don Johnson- Race Control
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
Kristie Reid – Autocross
J. Scott Rupert – Race Side & PVGP License Plates
Lenny Santora – Race Side
Ted Sohier – Race Announcer
Steve Struebing – Co-Chief of Paddock
Brian Urban – Race Course Set-Up
Lester Walter – Timing/Scoring
Danny Yanda – Test & Tune

Show Side
Dotti Bechtol – Tune-Up Event
John Bechtol – Tune-Up Event
Christopher Blackwell – Gate Security
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 & Jet Center Party
John Gloninger – Patron Parking Captain
Dorothy Gordon – AVS Representative
Albert Heiles – Car Shows & Social Media
Scott Ishler – Porsche Club
Don Johnson – Jaguar Concours
John Kerr – Kick-Off Rallye & Clubhouse/Support Services Captain
Sean Kunkle – Cortile
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
Christopher Mannozzi – Downtown Car Show
Bernard Martin – Social Media/Cortile Captain
Michael Meehan – BMW Club
Paul Miller – Car Show Registration
Mark Morrow – American Car Show Co-Captain
Bud  Osbourne – Countryside Tour
Bill Permar – Controller
Don Privett – Waterfront Car Cruise & Vendor Village
Ed Rice – Porsche Club
Amy Rocini – Merchandise Booth Staffing
Gigi Saladna – Media
Andy Schor – Cortile & Audi Club
Maggie Schmotzer – Black-Tie Gala Chairperson
Mark Sheldon – European Car Show Captain
Kim Smith – Volunteer Committee
Reid Smith – Donation Stations
George Snyder – BMW Club
Bob Speer – Car Show Chairman & Showside Director
Meghan Speer – Asian Car Show Captain
Richard Spring – Car Shows
Dexter Stoltz – British Car Day
Brett Sutton – BMW Club
Blaise & Stone Swiess – Social Media
Pete Szymansky – Kick-Off Rallye
Dan Torisky – Clubhouse/Support Services
Jesse Torisky – Clubhouse/Support Services
Eugene Williams – Car Shows
Ken Wojnar – Car Shows
Manfred Woodall – Website and Communications
Helen Wylie – Co-Chair
Eric Zagrocki – PR & Jet Center Party


Competition Committee

John Bechtol
Bob Borgo
Mike Connolly
Bill Haus
Chris Longo
Donna McDonough
Ken Murin
Michael Schindel
Dr. William Swartz
Ian Wisbon
Danny Yanda
Christopher Zappa


Advisory Committee

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

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