The PVGP enthusiastically congratulates the Allegheny Chapter of the BMW Club on receiving prestigious Club of the Year Award presented by the BMW Clubs International Council in January, 2016. The award recognizes accredited BMW clubs across the globe for their outstanding achievements, membership efforts, socially responsible activities, and events that raise the bar for everyone. PVGP executive director Dan DelBianco was present for the ceremony and stated “the Allegheny Chapter has set the standard for car clubs at our event. Each year they raise the bar on fund raising – donating more than any other club. They host one of the most popular attractions at Schenley Park with their hospitality tent on German Hill, a BMW Club race at Pitt Race Complex and their members attend all of our Race Week events.
The support of the national BMW Club has also played a key part in this partnership in bringing the BMW Performance Center’s ‘Ring-Taxi’ to Schenley Park along with sponsor partners Liberty Mutual and Griots. We look forward to continued success with the club and to being part of the 2018 BMW Club’s Octoberfest in Pittsburgh.
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 16/17, 2016
The Allegheny Chapter welcomes you to the 2016 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 $275,000 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. 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 2016:
BMW Corral at PVGP Historics at Pitt Race – July 9/10 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.
Schenley Park Race Weekend – July 14 thru 17
Early Arrival Dinner at the Hofbräuhaus- Thursday, July 14
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – The club will informally begin the weekend with a dinner at the Hofbräuhaus 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 Hofbräuhaus. 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.
Cost for the day is $25 per person which includes all admission fees and tour costs at the Museum, as well as lunch at Bruno’s Italian Restaurant. The Gift Shop is also offering a 10% discount to our group. After registering for the drive on the PVGP website, please click HERE to make your lunch selection. You will list the name and lunch choice for yourself and log in again to make a selection for anyone joining you on the drive. We will have reserved parking and time to explore the various shops in town. Due to space constraints at the Museum, we are limited to no more than 60 people and no more than 40 cars, so please sign up early.
The Jimmy Stewart Museum, located in Indiana, Pennsylvania (Jimmy’s hometown) highlights its namesake’s accomplishments in film, radio and TV. His roles as military hero, civic leader, family man and world citizen are also woven into displays, film presentations and gallery talks. There’s even a special room dedicated to his family’s long and colorful history in Western Pennsylvania.
Over the past three years, our Friday evening welcome dinner has become one of the staples to our weekend. This year we will visit Gaetano’s at 1617 Banksville Road. Directions to the restaurant will be included in the Welcome Package when you registrar at the hotel and on the Allegheny Chapter website HERE There will be a Buffet dinner, cash bar, a guest speaker and a silent auction. The price is $35 per person
Schenley Park Weekend – July 16/17
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. This includes a parking spot in weekend BMW 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 $60 for Sunday. This includes a parking spot in the BMW car corral, lunch and refreshments for one person. Additional lunches can be purchased for $25 each. Walk up lunches will cost $27 each and availability will be limited.
A block of rooms are reserved at the Doubletree in Greentree at $119 per night – Book Now
Allegheny Chapter Event T-Shirt
Allegheny Chapter Event T-Shirts will be available for pick-up during the Schenley Park weekend, preorder at $20 each. This year’s PVG- BMW Corral commemorative T-Shirt celebrates the 100th Anniversary of BMW. The T-Shirts must be pre-ordered by July 1st so they can be printed and delivered before the PVGP weekend.
The artwork to the right will be featured on the T-Shirt and the poster this year.
Vintage Races at Schenley Park – July 16/17 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 race cars 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 registration form.
PVGP Historic Races at Pitt-Race on July 8-10 Weekend
Be a part of the action at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. The BMW Club racers will have their own race group starting in 2016 – there is no longer a BMW Porsche Challenge. No other cars will be eligible – BMW’s only.
The BMW CCA joins the PVGP Historics at Pitt-Race. This event features sports cars from the 50’s 60’s, and 70’s. Winners are awarded trophies in the Winners Circle. Be a part of the action and race the expanded 2.8 mile track.The BMW 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 PVGP has traditionally been very cooperative in placing BMW cars into appropriate non-club race groups. Information is available here regarding the optional Thursday July 7 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 be returning to the Double Tree in 2016. 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.