Many many thanks to our friends at the Allegheny Region of the BMW Club. If you are looking for more details on the events listed below or want to learn more about the club please visit their website.
Schenley Park Weekend – July 17-19, 2015
The Allegheny Chapter welcomes you to the 2015 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. Together with the Pittsburgh BMW dealers, Liberty Mutual, Griot’s Garage and the BMW CCA, the Allegheny Chapter has raised over $250,000 for the Grand Prix charities since 2009! 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 extends a special invitation to all “M” car owners. If you own a car with an “M” badge, please consider bringing it to the Park. At our show in 2015, we hope to display an example of each model made by the BMW Motorsport Division. You do not have to be a member of the BMW CCA to join us for lunch or take part in our activities in Schenley Park! As always, all years and models of BMWs are welcome 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 list of events planned for 2015:
BMW Corral at PVGP Historics at Pitt Race – July 11/12 weekend
This weekend has been appointed as one of the national events, for CCA Club Racing; the Allegheny Chapter will be hosting a BMW CCA VIP tent and car corral at a new location overlooking turn 1 and the new South Track. All BMW club racers, crews, and BMW club members are welcome to attend. The coral will host driver meetings and be the place where centralized information pertaining to the weekend race events and up to the minute race results will be maintained. It will be furnished with food and beverages for the drivers, crews and club members. The area will be centrally located near Turn 1 for all of the crews to have easy access to. We will also have a BMW only car corral right next to the VIP area. The area should offer excellent views of the new South Track For those of you that have never been to a club race, this is a great opportunity to experience “no rev-limiter” racing at its best. Cost for Club Members for lunch is only $10 per day in addition to track entry of $15 per day.
Race Weekend – July 17 thru 19
Trackcross – Thursday July 16
Pittsburgh International Raceway has extended an exclusive invitation to the BMW club to participate in a private Trackcross session from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, July 16th.
Trackcross is an event where drivers are timed from a stand still at the North Track Start/Finish Line and have to maneuver their vehicle through a coned course in Turns 1 through 8. Individual runs end at Turn 8 where drivers will then proceed to Turn 9 and a Pitt Race Employee will be there to inform you of your run time. This is like an autocross but at slightly higher speeds as permitted by the race track. The number of runs are based on amount of drivers for that particular day/evening.
This event is sponsored by Pitt Race Complex and is not sanctioned or insured by the BMW CCA, the Allegheny Chapter or the PVGP. Non-alcoholic refreshments will be provided. Entry fee for this event is $60 per participant. Participants should plan on being at the track by 3:00 pm for tech inspection and other administrative requirements.
•All Cars must be in good roadworthy condition (no leasks, broken wheel studs, loose wheel bearings, sticking throttles, poorly operating brakes, etc.) with factory three point seatbelts at a minimum.
•Open / convertibles cars must have some form of rollover protection. A factory hartop or OEM rollover protection as outlined in the owner’s manual satisfies this requirement.
•Additional safety equipment (rollbars/rollcages, harness systems, fire systems, etc.) is permitted and encouraged. Additional equipment must be installed in a safe manner.
Early Arrival Dinner at Hofbrauhaus- Thursday, July 16
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – The Hofbrauhaus of Pittsburgh has joined the PVGP as a sponsor in 2015! We will informally begin our weekend with a dinner at Hofbrauhaus on Thursday evening. Catch up with old friends and meet new ones at our dinner. The Southside Works area of the city includes a variety of shops and restaurants all within walking distance of the Hofbrauhaus. Convenient garage parking is available throughout the Southside Works area. We are not collecting a fee on the registration page but please let us know if you are attending so that we can plan. Participants are responsible for their own dinner costs.
Driving Tour to Franklin – Friday July 17
On Friday, July 16th, 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.
BMW CCA Welcome Dinner at LeMont – Friday July 17
Over the past two years, our Friday evening welcome dinner has become one of the staples to our weekend. This year we will visit one of Pittsburgh’s premier restaurants, the LeMont.
In addition to offering an upscale environment with delicious food, the LeMont provides a million dollar view of the city from the top of Mount Washington. Once again, we conduct a silent auction before dinner. Our featured speaker for the evening will be announced soon. – $40.00 per person
Schenley Park Weekend – July 18/19
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!
The cost to participate in the BMW Pavilion Weekend at Schenley Park is $85.00. This includes a parking spot in weekend car corral, lunch and refreshments for one person on both Sat and Sun. You can also sign up for a single day. $60 for Saturday and $55 for Sunday. This includes a parking spot in the car corral parking, lunch and refreshments for one person.
Additional lunches can be purchased for $24 each. Walk up lunches will cost $27 each and availability will be limited.
Allegheny Chapter – Event T-Shirts featuring the BMW M1 will be available for pick-up during the Schenley Park weekend, preorder at $15 each.
PVGP Vintage Races at Schenley Park – July 18/19 Weekend
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 11/12, 2015
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 $10 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 2015. 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 $119.00 per night from July 16-20. Please make sure to mention that you are with the BMW Club to qualify for the special rate.