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Welcome Once Again,

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix expects to have two great races in 2018 and we hope that you will join us.

Our Historics at the fantastic Pittsburgh International Race Complex (Pitt Race) road course will be bigger and better than ever.  We are hosting both the national BMW O’Fest as we honor BMW as the Marque and the annual Kastner Cup Race for Triumphs.  We expect a large field for both these events.  That said, not to worry as we will have plenty of room for all comers that race other marques.

At Pitt Race we expect substantial entries but we have endeavored to improve the “racer” experience in the following ways.  First, while we will have a practice session on Friday morning and qualifying session in the afternoon, we will then have two races on Saturday and two races on Sunday for all groups – a morning race and the Hofbräuhaus Trophy races in the afternoon.  The finishing times in each race will set the grid for the next outing.  We believe that this change in format will be welcomed by all racers. 

Second, we have revised our Historic Race Groups to include a new 2 – 3 litre group which should level the playing field for a variety of Porsche, Datsun, and like powered cars while allowing for a continuation of the ‘ground pounding’ group.  In all, we expect to have a super event at Pitt Race.  2018 Race GroupsCome and join us.

Third, we have revised our yellow flag procedure. No hot pulls – disabled cars will not be removed until after race, unless it poses danger to the driver. No more full course double yellow flag unless necessary. This should speed things up and allow everyone to get their laps.

At Schenley Park, we will be planning on our usual format and we will be bringing back the Axis vs. Allies race which seemed to be quite popular last year. If we can muster enough BMW 2002’s will will have a Marque of the Year Race on Sunday.

lf you have questions, please give me a shout via email or on my cell anytime 412.680.2292.

As in years past, this year’s event will be super and will give each of us the opportunity to provide great entertainment for the tens of thousands of fans who come to the races. I trust that each of you will share my sentiment – win, lose, or draw, that final lap around the circuit after the checkered flag has fallen is a lap worth taking and the most memorable of all as you wave to the fans.

Thanks and see you next July!


John Bechtol
PVGP Competition Director

 

 

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ARROWTo the left you will find links for race groups, eligibility, schedules and hotel accommodations for both race weekends. If you can’t find what you’re looking for please send us an email . The PVGP extends a big thank you to the drivers for making our event possible!

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association has a rich 35-year history and is enthusiastic about the future. Our two unique race events provide the ideal combination of vintage and historic racing in a complete 10-day motorsport festival. For 2018 we kick things off in grand style with a 3-day weekend of vintage sports cars, monoposto and historic race cars at the challenging Pitt Race Complex. This is followed by a week of motorsport activities throughout Pittsburgh, capped off by the nation’s only vintage street race through the stone-walled, tree-lined streets of Schenley Park in the original spirit of vintage racing that took place on public roads in the 1940s and 1950s. All PVGP events benefit charity, with $5 million raised to help individuals with autism and developmental disabilities.

The driving goal of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is to honor our automotive history by encouraging the preservation and racing of vintage cars in a format that emphasizes driver safety and etiquette while presenting a friendly environment for our drivers and 200,000 enthusiastic fans.

SANCTIONING
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association stages and sanctions both race weekends. We welcome licensed drivers from all vintage race organizations to race with us at these two unique venues. We want to especially thank our friends at the VRG and the VSCCA who helped establish our races and continue to participate with us on a major scale. There are links to the left for details and listings of eligible cars, rules and regulations.

RACE WEEK
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix has grown into a 10-day celebration of the automobile. Our Race Week activities link the two race weekends, including a black tie gala, a parade through downtown Pittsburgh, a Countryside Tour and a Tune-Up Party that spans the Roberto Clemente Bridge and PNC Park, a Jet Center Party and three distinct car shows. 2018 Race Week Calendar

CHARITY EVENT
The PVGP’s mission remains the same as it was in 1983, “To host a world-class vintage race event that celebrates our automotive heritage and raises money for charity.” Proceeds benefit the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School. Since 1983 our racers have shared the wheel with the PVGP in donating $5 million to help individuals in Western Pennsylvania affected by autism and developmental disabilities. PVGP entry fees are suggested donations for participating and are tax deductible.


Registration

There are two ways to enter to race in the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, which includes the Historic Races at Pitt Race Complex on July 6-8 and the Vintage Races at Schenley Park on July 13-15. Discounts are available if you enter both race weekends, and the PVGP will provide free storage of your race rigs between race weekends.

1. You can print out and complete the PDF Entry Form below and mail in with a check.
This is the only Entry Form available. It can be used for either race weekend or for a combined entry.

2018 PVGP Racer Application – PDF

2. If you wish to use a credit card you can click the link below and use our secure portal at ShowClix – You will still need to mail in a completed paper entry form with a copy of your racing license and medical form.

Showclix Racer Registration

 

Your race entry will be fully refunded if you notify Event Chairman before your tires hit the track on your first practice session.


Schenley Park Vintage Races    July 14-15, 2018

PVGP Historic Races at PIRC    July 5-8, 2018

If you have any race related questions please contact any of the following Grand Prix Competition Committee members:
John Bechtol cell (412) 680-2292 Schenley Park Competition Director
Ken Murin 412 653-0949 PVGP Historics Competition Director
Mike Connolly 412 221-1922 Driver’s School
Donna McDonough 412 714-3560 Race Registrar

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