Sunday July 6, 2014
Our Kick-Off Rallye is truly the kick-off event of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. It’s like a scavenger hunt on wheels. Your score is determined by how close you can follow directions and stay within posted speed limits and reach the finish line. You also need to answer some trivia questions along the way. No experience is necessary, just have fun. For details email Paul MacIntyre or phone at 412 673-0998 (home).
The Rallye begins on South Craig Street in Oakland, between 5th Avenue and Forbes Avenue, and ends at the Spaghetti Warehouse at the corner of 26th Street & Smallman Street in the Strip District. Where it goes in between is anybody’s guess!
The Spaghetti Warehouse in the Strip District hosts our Rallye Party. After you complete the Rallye everyone gathers in the large dining room for dinner, drinks and prizes. Anyone that attended the last two years can attest to the great Italian feast prepared for us. Spaten Beer will provide complimentary adult beverages. The Spaghetti Warehouse…serving the kind of Italian food that everyone loves to eat!
Congratulations to our 2013 Rallye Winners Stephen Gagne and Cameron Baker – PDF – Results – 2013 PVGP Rallye
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The Rallye was another great success. We had 90 paid entries in our field. Thanks to all of you, that is six cars over our maximum. After the rallye, everyone was treated to a true feast at the Spaghetti Warehouse. The Rallye Committee isn’t sure if they will be able to top this years event, but have already started looking forward to 2013. Jeff Engbarth performed live with his acoustic guitar at the post Rallye party at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Thank you Jeff!
Amber Back and Andrew Shafer brought home the first place trophy. After finishing third in 2011 they came back strong with a low score of 30, beating out Team Basile by 67 points.
In the 2012 Celebrity Challenge The “Clarks” team of Greg Joseph and John Williams took home the Celebrity Challenge Championship as well as taking 5th Place overall.
2012 Celebtrity Participants:
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
Jim Krenn – Pittsburgh Radio Icon and City Ambassador
Stoney Richards – Y108 FM
- Amber Back & Andrew Shafer
- Leo & Janette Basile
- Paul & Laura Gonnella
- A. Hmel/ J. Sickle
- A. Back/ A. Shafer
- Weinheimer/ Weinheimer
- Salerno/ Salerno
- Joseph/ Williams
- Hmel/ Sickles
- Weinheimer/ Weinheimer
- Barker/ Barker
- Greg Joseph/ “JW” Williams
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.