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Opening Ceremonies & Special Guests

Sunday July 20, 2014

The PVGP Parade and Opening Ceremony runs from approximately 11:10 AM until noon on Sunday of Race Weekend in Schenley Park.

The parade starts near the Westinghouse fountain on Schenley Drive and takes a full parade lap of the racetrack. Ted Sohier, the voice of the vintage hosts the event. After the completion of the parades presentations are made prior to the start of the first race at noon.

 

SydneyHutchkoParade & Opening Ceremony Schedule

11:10 AM – Grand Marshal, Charity Ambassadors and Dignitaries
11:15 AM-  Marque of the Year MINI’s
11:25 AM - Patron Parking Participants
11:35 AM - Welcome by Ted Sohier & PVGP Officials
11:45 AM- Presentation of Color Guard and National Anthem sung by Sydney Hutchko
Noon – Ladies & Gentlemen….start your engines!

 


The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is especially thankful to all of the individuals who have graced our event with their presence. From Indy 500 winners to famous authors, our event has had a wide variety of special guests that always add to the excitement.

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GRAND MARSHAL

1990 Bob Bondurant – Racer and Instructor
1991 William Christopher – Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H
1992 Myron Cope – PVGP Founder, Sportscaster and author
1993 Larry Shinoda – Corvette Designer
1994 Elliott Forbes Robinson – Racing Champion
1995 Myron Cope – PVGP Founder, Announcer and author
1996 Bill Steinbach – KDKA Radio Host
1997 Faith Gallo – Pittsburgh Director of City Parks
1998 Tom Murphy – Mayor of Pittsburgh
2000 Jim Rodd- Allegheny County Chief Executive
2001 Alan Patterson – PVGP founder and racer
2002 Gary Triffo – Shop “n Save Chief Executive
2003 Burt Levy – World’s Fastest Novelist
2004 Myron Cope – PVGP Founder, Sportscaster and author
2005 Guy Costa – Pittsburgh Public Works Director
2006 Bibiana Boerio – Managing Director of Jaguar/London
2007 Mike Connolly – PVGP President and 25 year volunteer
2008 Luke Ravenstahl – Mayor, City of Pittsburgh
2011 Regis Champ – CEO, Allegheny Valley School and PVGP Founder
2013 Dan Torisky – President of Autism Society and PVGP Founder

HONORARY RACE DIRECTORS

Indy 500 Champion Bobby Rahal served as our Honorary Race Director and rode in the parade in 2007.

1991 Jim Crawford – Racing Champion
1992 Sam Posey – Racing Champion
1993 Phil Hill – 1961 Formula One World Champion
1994 Brock Yates – Editor Car & Driver Magazine
1995 Tom Murphy – Mayor of Pittsburgh
1996 Tony Dron – Pro Touring Driver and Journalist
1997 Lyn St. James – Racing Champion,
1998 Burt Levy – World’s Fastest Novelist
1999 Bobby Rahal – 1986 Indy 500 Winner
2003 Gene Ricciardi – President Pittsburgh City Council
2005 Hau Tai Tang – 2005 Mustang Designer and CMU Graduate
2006 Larry Crane – Editor, Auto Aficionado Magazine
2007 Bobby Rahal – 1986 Indy 500 Winner
2008 Walt and Louise Ann Pietrowicz – Vintage Racing Photojournalists
2009 Oscar Davis – Car Collector
2010 Donna Mae Mims – First Woman Champion 1963 SCCA (in Memory)
2011 John “Jake” Jacobson – Former Race Director (in Memory)
2012 Wayne Carini – Host of Chasing Classic Cars

 

SPECIAL GUESTS

Elizabeth Cope

In 2008 Elizabeth Cope spoke about her father Myron Cope, PVGP founder and legendary Pittsburgh broadcaster

1986 Chip Robinson – 1987 Champion 24 Hours of LeMans
1991 General Jerry Ralph Curry – US Army Major General
1992 Jim Crawford – Racing Champion
1992 Rene’ Dreyfus – Vintage Driver Emeritus
1993 Zora Duntov – Corvette Marque Ambassador
1994 David E. Davis – Auto Magazine Journalist
1995 Rene’ Dreyfus – Vintage Driver Emeritus
1997 Dave McLellan – Corvette Chief Engineer
1998 Donna Mae Mimms – Driver Emeritus
2000 Denise McCluggage – Motorsports Journalist
2007 Dutch Mandel – AutoWeek Editor
2007 Burt Levy – Motorsports Author
2008 Elizabeth Cope – Daughter of Myron Cope and Jeff Hartings Pittsburgh Steelers
2009 Don Brown Family – Honorary Starters in memory of Don Brown
2009 Dick Vermeil – NFL coach
2012 B. E. Taylor – Recording Artist
2012 Burt Levy – Motorsports Author

 

 

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