The Allegheny Chapter of the BMW CCA extends a big “Thank You” to all of our volunteers and guests who helped us make our 2014 Grand Prix event so successful! We would like to recognize the following volunteers who helped make our weekend happen!
Glen Beatie, Kent Beaver, Ethan Bowan, Paul Bowan, Allen Christian, Melissa Clay, Zackary Cunningham, Norm Franke, Bob Kaminski, Mark Krchmar, Darlene Lambert, Rick Lambert, Marianne Meehan Marianne, Michael Meehan, Bill Miller, Mike Nicolella, Tiffany Nolan, Bill Pelger, Bill Permar, Chuck Rice, Lonny Shirk, Lou Ann Shirk, George Snyder, Johna Synder, Kathy Stipanovich, Pete Stipanovich, Brett Sutton, Dee Sutton, Tim Swisher, Jeff Taylor, Ken Tullar, Nancy Tullar, Bob Weir, Maxine Weir, Chris Williams, Jim Williams, Eric Zagrocki
We also want to thank everyone who brought an e30 out to the park! We had over 40 e30’s join us for the weekend! Plans have already started for our 2015 gathering. The 2015 PVGP will take place July 10-19, 2015. Our annual BMW CCA Club Race will take place at PittRace on the weekend of July 10-12 and our Annual Gathering will take place in Schenley Park on the weekend of July 17-19. We hope to announce our 2015 schedule towards in the end of the year. We hope to see you again in 2015!
Schenley Park Weekend – July 17-20, 2014
Together with the Pittsburgh BMW dealers and the BMW CCA, the Allegheny Chapter has raised over $200,000 for the Grand Prix charities in just the past six years! The Allegheny Chapter has a reputation for its warm hospitality and many believe that the BMW tent is the best place to watch the races as the racers enter the golf course after sprinting up the hill to turn #13. This year the Club has put together a terrific four day program that offers something for every BMW enthusiast. Participants can enjoy their cars on track, on tours and in shows. You do not have to be a member of the BMW Club to take part in the activities, but if you have an interest in BMWs, you’ll find that the Club has plenty to offer. As always, all years and models of BMWs are welcome!
The BMW Club plans to keep many of the successful events of recent race weeks while adding and tweaking others to keep the schedule fresh. Here is the tentative list of events planned for 2014:
PVGP Historic Races – July 12/13 weekend
The club hosts a Trackside Car Corral tent featuring reserved parking catered picnic lunch and hospitality tent for all cars.- $20 per person/per day for lunch. Watch Historic Racing all weekend that includes a BMW race on Saturday afternoon. Details
Schenley Park Weekend – July 17 thru 20
Thursday July 17
It has become a tradition for those arriving in town early to have dinner at the Haufbrauhaus so we decided to do it again! If you are in town on Thursday, July 17th, join us at Pittsburgh’s Haufbrauhaus located in the South Side Works complex at 2705 South Water Street. Pittsburgh, PA 15203. For those who would prefer not to drive, limited space will be available on a shuttle. The van will depart the Double Tree at 7:00 pm, and to return from the Haufbrau at 10:00 pm. No separate registration is required for this event as we will not have a structured program. The Haufbrau is always a fun gathering spot!
Friday, July 17 – Tour to Franklin, PA
On Friday, July 17th, join us for a pleasant drive through the rolling hills on the back roads of Western PA. We’ll head north from Pittsburgh and travel through Evans City, Slippery Rock, Grove City, and Franklin. We are planning to depart from a convenient location along I-279 in the North Hills. We will travel to Warrendale and then take Franklin Road up to Evans City, the same route we took on the First Annual Last Drive on November 8th. (Good roads are worth repeating). Then we’ll head further north on some interesting country roads until we arrive in Franklin City. There, we’ll dine at Bella Cucina Restaurant. The day will include a tour of the DeBence Antique Music World, where you can see and hear over 100 antique musical instruments. (http://www.debencemusicworld.com) The City of Franklin is rolling out the red carpet and giving us reserved parking and special pricing (included in your registration fee). After that, we’ll take an easy route back to Grove City, where Skip Sample—the corporate historian—will give us a private tour of the Wendell August Forge. Bring your credit card because they have an extensive gift shop. (http://www.wendellaugust.com) We plan to be back at the Doubletree Hotel by 5:00 PM giving everyone plenty of time to freshen up before the evening welcome dinner.
Cost for the day is $22 per person which includes lunch, all admission fees and our tour costs. Due to space constraints at some of the venues, we are limited to no more than 50 people and no more than 30 cars , So please sign up early.
Saturday/Sunday – July 19th/20th
Join us in the BMW CCA Corral with reserved trackside parking, catered lunch and hospitality tent. Vintage racing through the streets of Schenley Park, within 250 feet of tent! Be a part of the 2,000 strong car show. Nothing else in the country compares with the Schenley Park experience!
BMW CCA to Spotlight E 30 Cars
In 2014, the Allegheny Chapter is extends a special invitation to all BMW e30 owner. Whether you have a 1984 318i, a 1988 M3, or 1993 325ic, we invite you to bring your car to Schenley Park. We would like to see our annual gathering result in the largest collection of e30’s in one spot in 2014! We are coordinating a track event, drives and other activities for e30 owners. All of our event sway this year will feature the classic 3 series cars. Make plans now to join us in July!.
PVGP Vintage Races at Schenley Park – July 19/20 2014
The Allegheny Chapter BMW CCA is hosting its annual Club Race as part of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and we are very excited that the Schenley Park races will once again include 2002 racecars and other vintage BMWs. The PVGP benefits the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School. Below is a quick summary of the eligibility and registration requirements for this year’s event. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Chapter’s race coordinator, Brett Sutton.
PVGP invites drivers of vintage BMW race cars to participate in this year’s event in Schenley Park. The Chapter is excited by the return of the BMW race cars to Schenley Park and we look forward to a large group to challenge the strong presence expected by “that other German Marque” at this year’s event! If you own a vintage BMW that is not on the list of approved cars or have raced in the Park previously with a non-listed BMW, please contact us to discuss eligibility.
Register for the Schenley Park weekend using PVGP’s Dual Registration Form available here. If you are registering for both Club Race championship points for the club race at PIRC and also bringing an accepted vintage vehicle to Schenley Pack, please fill out both the online Club Race registration and submit the PVGP dual weekend registation form.
PVGP Historic Races at Pitt-Race on July 12/13, 2014
Be a part of the action at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. The BMW Club supports the Grand Prix by sponsoring the BMW/Porsche Club Challenge, now in it’s 11th year. The BMW Club also supports a car show at PIRC by hosting the German Marque tent.
The BMW CCA joins the Vintage Racer Group (VRG) to comprise the PVGP Historics at Pitt-Race. The VRG features cars from the 50’s 60’s, and 70’s; Allards, MG’s, Triumph’s, Elva’s, Cobra’s, Camero’s, Mustangs, Porsche’s, Jaguar’s and of course BMW’s. Winners are awarded trophies in the Winners Circle. Be a part of the action and race the 1.6 mile track.The BMW/Porsche Club Race is open to all licensed BMW Club Racers. However, in recognition of BMW’s involvement in racing at the club level, please contact us if you are a licensed racer but have a car that does not meet BMW CCA Club Race requirements. The VRG and PVGP has traditionally been very cooperative in placing BMW cars into appropriate non-club race groups. Information is available here regarding the optional July 11 Test & Tune practice day at Pitt-Race.
Racers love coming to this event due to the wonderful reception they receive. The Allegheny Chapter and Liberty Mutual are co-hosting a Car Corral and invite all BMW race drivers and crew to join them for lunch – the stories and friendship shared last year were great. The race entry fee will entitle you to lunch for driver and one crew member both Saturday and Sunday. Additional lunches will be available for $20 apiece. At the suggestion of some of those who attended last year, we hope to collect a brief biography (name, car number, hometown, and an interesting detail or two) from each driver along with a driver and/or car photo.
The BMW Club will provide on-site lunch registration until the food runs out. Parking is still available in the car corral. Please contact Eric Zagrocki of the BMW Club with any questions.
The BMW Club will be returning to the Double Tree in 2014. A reserved parking area and car wash facilities will be available.A mere three miles from downtown Pittsburgh and only 15 minutes from Schenley Park, the Double Tree Hotel is known for its superb service and exceptional amenities. They have a special block of rooms reserved for BMW at only $112.00 per night on July 17-20. Please make sure to mention that you are with the BMW Club to qualify for the special rate.