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Checkered Flag Winners

Don Brown served on the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association’s Executive Committee for 20 years as Government Liaison and as part of the race-side team that plans and manages Race Weekend.

“Downtown Brown,” as he was known to friends, thousands of volunteers, and the City of Pittsburgh, was the face of our event to many City officials and employees.  He was also our Chief Starter, waving the green and checkered flags at our event.

When Don passed away in 2009 the PVGP presented a checkered flag to his family on Race Day. What started out as a gesture to honor Don has turned into a Grand Prix tradition. The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association now awards checkered flags each October at our “Victory Lap” event to recognize the extraordinary efforts of its volunteers and partners.


2017 Showside Recipients: (left to right) Dan Holmes, Dominic Cincotta, Susan Gera, Aaron Hmel, Heidi Buckley, John Bechtol, Greg Farrell, Dotti Bechtol and Ken Wojnar.



2017 Showside Recipients: (left to right) Bob Borgo, Chris Granche, Brian Urban, Walt Mantenkosky, Karen Hanchett and Barry Kaplan.


Over the past nine years we have waved the checkered flag for outstanding effort 88 times. The list continues to grow because the PVGP has hundreds of volunteers and supporters who give an incredible amount of time and effort each year. All of our 1,000 volunteers do an incredible job – we’re going to need more flags!

Bob Borgo – Race Director and Volunteer since 1985
Brian Urban – Assistant Race Director
Barry Kaplan – Chief Safety Steward and volunteer since 1983
Chris Granche – Assistant Race Director and volunteer since 1983
Walt Matenkosky- Chief Course Marshal and volunteer since 1983
Karen Hanchett – Chief of Motorcycle Security, Operating Committee
Ken Wojnar – Operating Committee, Show-side volunteer
Greg Farrell – Walnut Street Car Show Chairman, Car Show Committee
Heidi Buckley – Patron Parking volunteer
Susan Gera – Media Relations and Jet Center Co-Chair
Pittsburgh International Race Complex – Sponsor Partners and Host track
Dotti Bechtol – Racer and Treasurer/Board of Directors, Tune-Up Founder
John Bechtol – Competition Director and former Board of Directors, Tune-Up Founder
Dan Holmes – Creative Director for PVGP posters, advertising and marketing
James Dolan – Racer and Board of Directors

Ramona Corey – VIP Pavillion Captain
Stan Geier – Board of Directors and Sponsor
Don Johnson – Jaguar Club and Race-side Volunteer
Ken Murin – Competition Committee and Race-side Volunteer
Amy Rocini/AVS – Executive Committee and Merchandise Sales
Ed Rice – Porsche Club representative, Car Show Committee and sponsor
Gigi Saladna – Board of Directors and Black-Tie Gala Committee
Tom Schweitzer – Outgoing President British Car Day, Car Show Committee
Steve Struebing – Race-side Volunteer, Operating Committee
Steve Weber – On-Site Media and Operating Committee
Danny Yanda – Competition Committee and former Board member

Meghan Speer – Asian Car Show Captain and Operating Committee
Bud & Cindy Osbourne – Countryside Tour Captains
Ray Christner – Transportation Captain and Operating Committee
Eric Zagrocki- Allegheny Chapter BMW Club and Operating Committee
Bill Permar – Allegheny Chapter BMW Club and Operating Committee
John Putzier – Presenting Sponsor GPADF
Michael Schindel – Competition Committee, Flashlight Drags and Racer
Cliff Laschon – Cars N Coffee Captain and Operating Committee
Don Baker – Timing & Scoring and Operating Committee
Les Walter – Timing & Scoring and Operating Committee
George Jacoby – Outgoing Chairman – PVGP Board of Directors
Bill Seaman – Race Course Construction and Media
Bill Stoler – Race Photographer

Cathy Dernorsek – PVGP Executive Committee, Volunteers and Security
Ted Sohier – PVGP Executive Committee and Race Announcer
Tait Hilbert – Chief of Grid
Dean & Meredith Croucher – Chief Stewards
Paul Miller – Car Show Committee and Registration
Matt Little – Official PVGP Photographer
Ron George – American Car Show Captain
Mark Sheldon – European Car Show Captain
Mark Morrow – American Car Show Captain
Rich Haeflein – Shop ‘n Save Sponsor

John Gloninger – PVGP Executive Committee and Patron Parking Captain
Don Privett – Operating Committee, Vendor Village Captain and Waterfront Car Cruise Captain
Deborah Liotus – Executive Committee and  Treasurer
Vince Longo Jr. & Christopher Longo – MINI Track Rides
Rocky, Geoff & Greg Farrar – Race Course Set-Up and Tear Down
Bill Haus – PVGP Executive Director and Historics Race Director
Bernie Martin – Italian Cortile and Social Media Director
Richard Spring – Downtown Car Show Captain
Joe & Vicki Ropar – Flagger/Corner Worker Captains
Ray & Kristine Dembowski – Corner Workers
Dan Taylor – PVGP Board of Directors and Sponsor
Jake Zoller – RR Donnelley Printing Partner
Tip Paul – Vintage Motorbike Show Captain

Paul & Sue MacIntyre – PVGP Executive Committee, Merchandise and Kick-Off Rallye
Jeff Duxbury – Schenley Park Golf Course Superintendent
Jerry & Barb Longstreth – Executive Committee, Merchandise, Car Show Committee and Marque of the Year
Bob Speer -PVGP Executive Committee and Showside Director
Ron Mahoney – 2012 Poster Artist

Donna McDonough – PVGP Executive Committee and Chief Registrar
Maggie Schmotzer – PVGP Board of Directors and Blacktie Chair
Regis Champ – AVS Chairman and PVGP Board of Directors
Chris Sandvig – PVGP Executive Committee and Race Program Editor

Jim Burke – 2010 Poster Artist and contributing artist for 20 years
Dave & Pam Finney – Thunder Run Motorcycle Captains
SHOP n’ SAVE – Presenting Sponsor

Don Brown – Executive Committee and Chief Starter (in memory)
John Kerr – PVGP Executive Committee and Logistics for all Events
Dan Torisky – Founder, Board of Directors and Operating Committee
Mike Connolly – Race Director, Board Member and President of Executive Committee