While the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is world-famous for its vintage races through the streets of Schenley Park, the opening weekend of the historic races at Pittsburgh International Race Complex (PIRC) is gaining speed as a stand-alone event. The PVGP Historics Powered by Ford are set for this weekend at the newly expanded Pitt Race Complex in Wampum, PA.
To add to the momentum this year, PIRC has added a 1.2 mile South Track. The PVGP Historics will be the inaugural race on the new track.
“This addition will increase our total facility to 2.8 miles featuring a formidable natural terrain track. The South Track adds an 85 foot drop with a horseshoe turn and a number of signature features including blind apexes and technical esses. Combined with the North Track, we now will have a facility that offers thrills for horsepower fanatics as well as technical tacticians,” explained Dominic Cincotta, marketing manager for Pitt Race and the North American Road Racing Association. Adding, join us for the christening of the track with a sky diver, ribbon cutting, and the PVGP on July 10th at noon!”
PVGP Historics at Pitt Race Complex
201 Penndale Road
Wampum PA 16157
July 11-12, 2015 from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $15 per day – or $25 for the weekend.
While the Neighborhood Ford Store has been a long-time sponsor of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix this group will have an even greater presence at the 2015 event.
New this year is title sponsorship of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix’s Historics Races. The title sponsorship augments Ford’s designation as Official Truck, the Kid’s Pit Stop at the Schenley Park during Race Weekend as well as a fan-club display of Thunderbirds. July is the focal month for Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix activities, with the “Historics Powered by Ford” set for July 10-12, and the marquee Schenley Park Race Weekend Car Show and Vintage Races slated for July 18 and 19.
Begun in 2004, the PVGP Historics has developed into a landmark vintage race event. Pittsburgh International Race Complex, located in Beaver County, is the ideal venue not only for the powerful street cars from both domestic and international manufacturers, but for open-wheel racing with Formula Fords and Formula Juniors as well.
Pittsburgh International Race Complex recently expanded. A 1.2-mile South Track has been added, stretching out the facility to 2.8 miles with 18 turns. The PVGP Historics will be the first event on the new track. Many other improvements already have been made to the facility which is located 40 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. The facility is acknowledged by both racers and spectators as a great destination.
The Historics Powered by Ford features a variety of vintage (pre 1960) and historic (after 1960) vehicles. Admission is $15 per day or $25 for the weekend, children younger than 12 are admitted free.
When the event arrives in Schenley Park, 60 years of Ford Thunderbird heritage will be celebrated as the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix honors the Ford Thunderbird as its 2015 Spotlight Car.
The Pitt Birds Thunderbird Club will present a display of iconic Ford Thunderbirds with models from each of the 11 generations. All years and models of Thunderbirds are welcome. The cost is the same as the Car Show – $30 for the weekend. Participation in a parade lap on Sunday of the event is an additional $30.
The Thunderbird Spotlight Show will be held on the third fairway along Schenley Drive adjacent to the Ford Motor Company display. Participants will get a prime parking spot on the Spotlight Car fairway on both Saturday and Sunday.
A perennially popular feature at Schenley Park during Race Weekend is the free Kid’s Pit Stop sponsored by Neighborhood Ford Store. At the Kid’s Pit Stop, children create custom miniature race vehicles from interlocking building bricks and then send them racing down a track during the Ford Junior Grand Prix.
Net proceeds from all activities associated with the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix support two charities, the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School. Both organizations play a key part in staffing and supporting the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.
For more information on Neighborhood Ford Store, please visit www.neighborhoodfordstore.com.