Sunday July 2, 2017
Thanks to all for a great kick-off event to the 2017 PVGP. First place went to Marco Morello and Tom Drnevich (car #62), second to Christopher Gezon and Mike Landsberg (cat #8), and
third to Matthew Casebeer and Chris McGuigan (car #3). The top three
scores differed by only one point.
The Rallye Team is excited to announce their new home – the Quaker Steak & Lube in Cranberry Township! The Rallye will begin and end from the restaurant. PVGP Rallymaster Bruce Gezon is thrilled about the new scenic country roads that the Rallye can explore. The staff at Quaker Steak & Lube is already getting geared up to serve us the best meal we have had in over a decade!
Our Kick-Off Rallye is truly the kick-off event of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix as it occurs one week before Race Week. The competition consists of a combined Monte Carlo/Gimmick format requiring no prior experience. Multiple checkpoints are located early along the route and are shown in the route instructions with an approximate mileage and the time that the vehicle is due to cross the timing line. Stopping or slowing prior to the control is permitted as long as safely done. Questions pertaining to observations made along the route are interspersed among the instructions which require a complete understanding of the rules in order to successfully answer the questions and receive no additional penalty points. The combination of checkpoint timing errors and question penalty points are totaled for the final score. No experience is necessary, just have fun and help raise funds for our charities.
The driving portion of the Kick-Off Rallye starts at 11:30 am with cars leaving every 60 seconds. It takes 2-3 hours to complete the Rallye. The course you will take is a secret and instructions will be supplied during the driver’s meeting at 11:00 am. Here are the Kick-Off Rallye General Instructions that will help you better understand how the event works.
For details email Paul MacIntyre or phone at 412 673-0998 (home).
The entry fee for a team of two is $75.00. This includes entry and meals for two people. Meals for any additional participants can be purchased for only $15 each. You can also download an entry form and pay with a check.
- Joe Shaginaw and Robert Iseman – 78 points
- John Laslo and Dwayne Fieldler – 82 points
- Mike Vallo and Alex Vallo – 128 points
- Joseph and Karen Teplitz – 80 points (won tie breaker)
- John Laslo and Dwayne Fieldler – 80 points
- Robert Iseman and Joe Shaginaw – 80 points
- Amber Back and Andrew Shafer- 52 points
- Greg Joseph and John Williams- 56 points
- Seth Hoffman and Katie Donaldson – 76 points
- Cameron Baker and Stephen Gagne – 60 points
- Lisa Bliss and Jill Pozzuto – 87 points
- Greg Joseph and John Williams – 98 points
- Amber Back & Andrew Shafer
- Leo & Janette Basile
- Paul & Laura Gonnella
Ted Sohier – WQED
Greg Joseph – The Clarks
John “JW” Williams – The Clarks
Whipping Boy – 105.9 The X (WXDX)
Hersch – Host of talkhotrods.com – see story
PVGP Rallye History
Truly unique to our Rallye is that it’s open to the public – the first 90 driver/navigator teams to sign up get to run in a timed race through the streets and neighborhoods of Pittsburgh and its suburbs. Come have fun, get lost or maybe even join the parade!
Rallyes, popular in Europe, are relatively little-known in American motorsports – that’s where we got the extra “e” on the end! A rallye master sets the course, which is designed to be completed at the posted speed limits. Then, a set of directions is drawn up for the participants. These directions can be simple or incredibly difficult clues. The key is to pass through all checkpoints on time – being late or early will penalize the driver a certain number of points. So, even of you speed, you still can lose. In true Grand Prix style, the finish line will hold a party and awards ceremony for the participants.