The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association is a 501 c-3 non-profit organization that stages their event for the benefit of spectators and to raise important funds for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School. The PVGPA pays 100% of the cost to host this event including rental and repair of the golf course, city services, trash removal, port-a-johns, security and tents. There is no charge for spectators at Schenley Park and we ask that you follow our guidelines below. The Pittsburgh Police and our security team will enforce these restrictions. Please honor our rules and keep this unique event running.
Code of Conduct:
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association is a non-profit organization that stages the vintage races and 10 days of automotive events for the benefit of spectators and to raise important funds for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School. The PVGP is committed to creating a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for attendees in Schenley Park and at all of our events. We want anyone attending to enjoy the experience in a responsible fashion. When attending an event you are required to refrain from the following behaviors:
- Behavior that is unruly, disruptive, or illegal in nature.
- Intoxication or other signs of impairment that results in irresponsible behavior.
- Foul or abusive language or obscene gestures.
- Failing to follow instructions of PVGP volunteers and security personnel.
- You are not permitted to display or sell any materials that are deemed by the PVGP to be offensive, discriminatory or that convey hate speech of any type.
Schenley Park Information
What spectators CAN bring:
Sunscreen, cameras, coolers, picnic baskets, ponchos, blankets, folding chairs, baby strollers. Food and refreshment stands are available if you wish to purchase on-site.
What spectators CAN NOT bring:
Spectators are not permitted to bring pop-up tents (this includes canopies, EZ-Ups or camping tents) or beach umbrellas. As of 2008 these are not permitted as they block views and can become a hazard in windy conditions. Cooking grills are not permitted unless you are an insured sponsor, this includes gas, charcoal and electric. Only PVGP supplied golf carts are allowed on the premises – spectators are not permitted to bring a personal or rented golf cart. Bicycles are not permitted by the Schenley Park Golf Course because of the damage caused on fairways. Frisbees and footballs or soccer balls are also not permitted because of the risk to spectators and show cars. Absolutely no weapons or fireworks are allowed.
There are 125 portable rest rooms placed throughout the park for your use. There is also a rest room with running water at the Schenley Park Golf Course Clubhouse – although it is very crowded.
Due to the large amount of spectators, corporate tents and moving cars we strongly encourage you to not bring dogs to the event. If you choose to bring your dog you must keep it on a leash and you will be responsible for clean-up and subject to a City fine if not disposed of properly.
Public parking is available on Flagstaff Hill, across the street from Phipps Conservatory for $20 per car per day – proceeds directly benefit our charities. Free air-conditioned shuttle buses will take you to the golf course or over to the start/finish line. To get there turn right from Forbes Avenue onto Schenley Drive Extension, just before you reach the Carnegie Museum, and proceed through first light and across the bridge. If you want to use a GPS plug in the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. There are parking lots and garages in Oakland and near Carnegie Mellon – but they do not offer free shuttle buses up the hill to Schenley Park. There is no parking available at the Schenley Park golf course clubhouse.
Free shuttles provided by Pittsburgh Transportation Group run throughout Schenley Park and will take you up to the golf course or over to the start/finish line. Stops are made at Flagstaff Hill, the golf course, the clubhouse and to Beacon Street at the Start/Finish Line. Map of Schenley Park and Shuttle Bus Routes. Details
The Hilton Garden Hotel in Oakland has been the official hotel of the Grand Prix since 1998. Our racers conveniently stay there, only minutes from the track. Additionally it is the host of all of our committee and board meetings
Lost & Found:
The Schenley Park Golf Course Clubhouse radio room, next to the Pro Shop, has a Lost & Found box. The PVGP, its sponsors and car club partners are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged personal property.
Only PVGP volunteers and sponsors/car clubs are permitted to use golf carts. The Golf Course does not own golf carts; the PVGP contracts to bring them in to help run the event. They are not available for rent and can not be borrowed. You are not permitted to bring your own golf cart or powered cart onto the golf course for liability reasons unless approved by PVGP.
Handicap Parking & Accessibility:
The Vietnam Pavilion along the Boulevard of the Allies provides a great view of the golf course and it is handicap accessible with free parking. There is limited parking available at the Vietnam Pavilion via the Charles Anderson Bridge and Overlook Drive. While the Grand Prix does benefits handicapped individuals, unfortunately there is very little handicap parking available within close proximity to the races and car shows. There is no shuttle bus service to and from the Vietnam Pavilion.
Cash /Credit Card Machines:
There are no ATM cash machines on the premises. The PVGP merchandise booth have credit card machines that honor all major credit cards. Many of the vendors accept credit cards, but not all of them.
There is a First Aid station at the Schenley Park Golf Course Clubhouse. It is staffed by the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Hours of operation are 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM Saturday and Sunday. Paramedic vehicles are required on site for race course emergency. If one is needed for a spectator emergency the races will be stopped until a back-up unit can replace it – if it is not a true emergency please come to the clubhouse or stop a PVGP volunteer to radio for help.
Tickets for the Grand Prix:
The event at Schenley Park is free to spectators. There is a fee for those who wish to display their car in the International Car Show at Schenley Park. All vendors and sponsors must be registered with the PVGP ahead of time. There are fees for other events, please view Race Week Events for details.
Tents are only permitted if you are an official sponsor, a paying vendor or a participating car club. Tents must be secured through the PVGP and All Occasion Party Rental – the master tent company. The Grand Prix rents the golf course for the weekend and has the final approval of any tents or display structures on the property. Spectators are not permitted to bring pop-up tents or beach umbrellas as they block spectator views and can become a safety hazard in windy conditions. This is a charity event with no charge for spectators – please cooperate with our volunteers, thank you.
Sponsors and Vendors:
Organizations and individuals must be official sponsors or vendors of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix in order to display, market, sell or solicit with Schenley Park or any event venue. Our event benefits charity – please obey our rules and do your part to help our charities. Violators will be removed and possibly prosecuted. Become a Sponsor
We are always looking for new volunteers. It takes over 1,200 people to stage the event. Please call Cathy Dernorsek at 412 824-2297 and she’ll get you started.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I display or hang any promotional materials in our tent or area?
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is a charitable event. Any sponsorship or promotion must be approved by the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. Contact the PVGP for more details. As a car show participant you are not permitted to promote any organization other than your approved car club.
What happens in case of rain or severe weather?
There is no rain date for any of our outdoor events. Because of the time constraints and street closures we are unable to reschedule events and we try our best to hold all events if weather permits. If wet conditions are severe at Schenley Park the golf course superintendent has the right to close the course to traffic arriving and leaving. We ask that you be patient and follow the instructions of the PVGP staff.
Can I bring food and drink into Schenley Park?
There are food and refreshment stands located strategically throughout Schenley Park including the Food Court. You are permitted to bring your own food but grills and open flames are not permitted. Please dispose of your trash and recyclables in the receptacles provided.
Is my car show entrance fee or my Gala ticket cost tax deductible?
The PVGP is a 501 (c) (3) organization and any direct donations can be deductible. Any value you receive from a fee paid for a particular event must be subtracted from the ticket cost. Example: For the Black Tie & Tailpipes event the cost of the dinner and entertainment (approximately $100) is not deductible, the remaining cost per ticket is. For car shows the full $35 is deductible. For Patron Parking $30 from each parking spot is not deductible.