July 15-16, 2017
Welcome Once Again,
John Bechtol here once again, your Competition Director for the 2017 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix in historic and beautiful Schenley Park. I am really looking forward to this year’s races, our 35th consecutive edition. These races are a part of a fantastic weekend in the Park – great racing, hundreds of show cars, and thousands and thousands of spectators.
For those of you having raced with us in the past and for those of you joining us for the first time, I pass along the following:
- The Friday evening driver’s meeting will be a “must” this year (attendance stickers will be provided – no meeting, no sticker, no racing).
- Improved driver etiquette will be discussed at the meeting as well. As the saying goes, ‘we would rather educate than enforce”.
- Please adhere to tire rules! Tires will be examined at tech and slicks (or the equivalent) cannot be accommodated.
- Qualifying, as in the past, will be Saturday afternoon only. Failure to post a time in the Saturday PM session will put you somewhere at the back of the pack for Sunday’s race. There will be no Sunday “hardship” qualifying as Sunday AM is for us to warm up our cars (and our heads).
- Transponders are required if you want to be timed and scored.
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 in July!
PVGP Competition Director
2017 PVGP Competition Committee
Dr. Willian Swartz
A single registration system accepts single entries for both race weekends and allow for discounts for participants of both events. Accommodations will be made to store cars for free during the week between races if you are participating at both events. With a week of events scheduled between race weekends the Grand Prix is hoping that participants will choose to stay in town the whole 10 days. The field at Schenley Park will be limited to 200 cars.
For 2017 we are once again keeping rates unchanged and using a dual entry form. Go to Racer Registration
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix’s mission remains the same as when it was established back in 1983 “To host a world-class vintage race event that celebrates our automotive heritage and raises money for charity.” In the original spirit of vintage racing that took place on public roads in the 1940’s and 1950, our vintage races through the streets of Schenley Park will continue to present a safe and friendly environment for our drivers and fans.
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand has been one of the leading vintage race organizations in the country when it comes to establishing driver and track safety for road courses. With the assistance of the Steel Cities Region of the SCCA we have set the standard, nationwide, for safety set-up and procedures. As a valuable member of the Vintage Motorsports Council the PVGP has consulted with numerous vintage race venues to help them establish safety regulations and procedures based on our more than 30 years of experience and expertise. See our Racers Policy.
We will continue to uphold these standards for the safety of our racers, volunteers and fans. The races at Schenley Park constitute the most challenging circuit in vintage racing. With stone walls, curbs, phone poles and 23 off camber turns – there is little room for error. New drivers will be required to attend a special meeting to review the track and its unique requirements.
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix benefits the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School. Thanks in great part to our racers $4.75 million has been raised since 1983. These funds directly help individuals in western Pennsylvania affected by autism and mental retardation. The PVGP is truly a race where everybody wins! Read more on our Charities.
The PVGPA self-sanctions the Schenley Park races. To participate you must be a current member of a vintage racing organization in order to participate. We are grateful to the Vintage Racer Group (VRG) Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSCCA) and their members who helped establish our race and have continued to supported it for three decades. Our new race groups include all VRG and VSCCA cars that have competed at Schenley Park in the past.
Applicants must have a competition license and be a member in good standing with a race organization. Cars that qualify within our Race Groups will be scrutineered by the PVGPA based upon the vehicle preparation and safety equipment rules of their respective vintage race organizations. Visit our Eligible Car Page. There will be a few local rules, the most important restriction that applies for all racers is that slick tires are not permitted.
The PVGP will accept your vintage race organization’s medical credentials. It is now required that drivers have passed a physical within the last two years, or within one year if over the age of 60. If you need a form: PVGP Medical Form.