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Marque History

French for “brand,” marque (pronounced “mark”) refers to a brand name given to a line of automobiles. For example, Mercedes-Benz is a marque, whereas the Mercedes-Benz 560SL is a make of the Mercedes-Benz marque. Industry consolidation has slightly clouded this designation, but marque is still used to define a particular line of vehicles (in our example, Mercedes-Benz is a marque of Daimler-Chrysler). It is a term typically reserved, however, for the more prestigious motoring brands.

Manufacturers try to give each marque a distinct image and message; success or failure depends on how successfully this is done and how well it corresponds to customer desires. Vintage races and car shows traditionally honor a different marque each year, and the owners and fans of that particular marque show up in large numbers to celebrate its heritage and history.

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix began the practice with our third race in 1985. Many of auto racing’s preeminent manufacturers have been recognized at our event. Next to the check presentation to our charities, the naming of the Marque is one of the most anticipated announcements of our year.

PVGP Marques of the Year

1985 Lotus
1986 Jaguar
1987 Morgan
1988 Lancia
1989 Mercedes-Benz
1990 Alfa Romeo
1991 MG
1992 Ferrari
1993 Corvette
1994 Porsche
1995 Austin-Healey
1996 Jaguar
1997 15th Anniversary – all Marques
1998 BMW
1999 Mercedes-Benz
2000 Audi/Auto Union
2001 Bentley
2002 Porsche
2003 Corvette
2004 Mini Cooper
2005 Mustang
2006 Jaguar
2007 Mercedes-Benz
2008 Italian Cars
2009 BMW
2010 Audi
2011 Porsche
2012 MG
2013 Ford Mustang
2014 Mini Cooper
2015 The Cars of Italy
2016 Jaguar
2017 Chevrolet Camaro
2018 BMW
2019
2020
2021 Porsche

PVGP Spotlight Cars

The PVGP revived the “Spotlight Car Show” in 2009 to recognize significant cars and car clubs that have supported our event over the years.

2009 Volkswagen
2010 Corvette
2011 The Cars of Carrol Shelby
2012 Lotus
2013 Packard
2014 Pontiac GTO
2015 Thunderbird
2016 Mazda Miata
2017 Studebaker
2018 Subaru

Grand Marshals

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.

1990 Bob Bondurant
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 Rege Champ – CEO, Allegheny Valley School
2013 Dan Torisky – President, Autism Society of Pittsburgh
2015 Dwight Knowlton – Artist and Author
2016 Toly Arutunoff – Racer, Author and Bon Vivant

Honorary Race Directors

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
2011 John “Jake” Jacobson – Former Race Director
2012 Wayne Carini – Host of Chasing Classic Cars
2015 JC Argetsinger – President International Motor Racing Research Center
2016 Alan Patterson – Original Race Director

Special Guests

1991 General Jerry Ralph Curry – US Army Major General, NHTSA
1992 Jim Crawford – 1982 British Formula One Champion
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 and 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
2013 Elizabeth Dwyer – Ford Motor Company
2014 Sydney Hutchko – recording artist
2014 William Peduto – Mayor, City of Pittsburgh
2015 Billy Price – Recording Artist

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