The 2015 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is celebrating “The Marques of Italy”. There are so many beautiful Italian cars that it is just too difficult to select just one to recognize. What’s your favorite? Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Abarth, Lancia or maybe one of the lesser known brands like Isotta Fraschini, Bandini, Siata or Stangueillini. They are all welcome and we hope to see more than 400 Italian cars!
Italian cars will be featured throughout all ten days of our event, including an All Italian race at Schenley Park on Sunday July 19. The cars of Italy will be featured at all of our car shows and Race Week events. If you own a new or vintage Italian car or are just a fan, the 2015 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix this is the place to be this summer!
To add to the excitement the Grand Prix and the Cortile are also hosting the Fiat Club America’s FreakOut Annual Convention during the July 17-19 Schenley Park weekend. This event typically draws 200 Fiats from all over the country. Combined with our Italian Marque we are expecting to fill the 18th fairway!
The Italian Cortile will host all Italian Car events this year from its location at the Pittsburgh Golf Club on the 18th hole of the golf course. The Cortile was formed by the PVGP’s Bernie Martin in 2009 in response to the overwhelming success of the 2008 Marque of the Year which also honored all Italian cars. Now in it’s 7th year the Cortile has grown into one of our events favorite shows.
Our 2015 Race Week is scheduled for July 10 through 19 with July 18/19 slated as the featured Race Weekend at Schenley Park. This will be your homepage to track all Marque activities. The button below is for on-line registration. Follow the hashtags for the most current updates: #PVGP #FFO15
The cost is $125 to participate in our Marques of Italy, the Cortile and the Fiat FreakOut. Register and pay on-line here. All proceeds benefit the Grand Prix Charities. If you are with the Fiat FreakOut you must register with them in order to have your car qualified for judging.
Artist Dwight Knowlton has created a masterpiece poster to help us commemorate the Marques of Italy
2015 Grand Prix Race Week Schedule
Here is a listing of all of our 2015 events with notes where Italian cars will take center stage:
Kick-Off Rallye - Sunday, July 5 While driving your own Italian car you can participate in this three hour tour through Pittsburgh and the countryside. There will be special awards for Italian competitors.
Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala – Friday, July 10 This grand affair will celebrate in formal black tie style at South Hills Country Club. A special corral of Italian cars will be displayed in front of the club.
PVGP Historics at Pitt Race Powered by Ford - July 10-12 Come on out to watch our historic races at the newly expanded track at Pittsburgh International Race Complex.
Invitational Car Show on Walnut Street - Monday, July 13 This invitation only show will feature more than a dozen significant Italian cars.
Waterfront Car Cruise – Tuesday July 14 Join 700 other car owners for a cruise at the Waterfront Mall in Homestead. A special area is reserved for Italian cars.
Downtown Race Car Parade & Display – Wednesday July 15 There are opportunities for 20 Italian cars to participate in the 100+ car parade and plaza display including a special display at Point State Park.
Grand Prix Tune-Up at Atria’s – Wednesday July 15 Plan to attend this exclusive event downtown at Atria’s at PNC Park. – Italian cars of all years will be parked on the Roberto Clemente Bridge.
Countryside Tour – Thursday July 16 Travel through the back roads of Western PA for an unforgettable journey. Italian cars manufactured before 1984 are welcome.
Concert at the Hard Rock Cafe‘ – Thursday July 17 The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is excited to hold this event for the third year at the Hard Rock Cafe at Station Square featuring a night of fun and music with the Hawkeyes and Andre’ Costello and the Cool Minors. Space is limited for car displays but we promise to have a few parked in front of the Hard Rock.
Schenley Park Race Weekend – July 18/19 The main event on Saturday and Sunday features a special display area for 400 Italian cars as part of the 2,000 car International Car Show. Throughout the weekend watch vintage races on the nearby city streets. Many events will occur during this ten day event, so please don’t hesitate to contact Bernie Martin if you have any questions.
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission to hold a world-class vintage automotive event for charity. It is the region’s premier summer event for hundreds of thousands of automotive enthusiasts in that it combines charitable fundraising with car shows and vintage sports car racing on city streets. Since 1983 this volunteer-driven event has raised $3.95 million for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.
If you are interested in joining our team of sponsors please visit the Cortile for more details.