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Volunteerism is the backbone of the Grand Prix. The dedication and time put in by our 1,000 volunteers enable the PVGP to make our continued charitable contributions.

Join the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Volunteer Pitt Crew

If you are a driven individual who has a passion for Pittsburgh, racing or charity and enjoys working as part of a team, the Grand Prix is the perfect place for you!

 

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Contact Cathy Dernorsek at 412 824-2297 if you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer. If you’re familiar with the history of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, you already know that several hundred volunteers were responsible for the formation and existence of the PVGP. More than three decades later, there nearly 1,000 volunteers – an army focused on the improvement of this event, in order to support the PVGP charities.

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The execution of Race Weekend and Race Week activities requires such tremendous organization and coordination many of us spend the other 51 weeks of the year pulling it all together. This event involves everything from snow fence to concrete barriers and hay bales, publicity, artwork, security, tents, merchandise, food, deliveries,… it is endless!

Each year, the PVGP and its related events continue to grow in quality, size and popularity, and is now the nation’s largest vintage race event. The PVGP continues to succeed because of the time, effort and talent of our volunteers.

There are many exciting ways to volunteer in 2017

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is always looking to grow its family of volunteers. There are many different areas to volunteer with varying degrees of responsibility. You can volunteer for a few hours on the weekend or you can take a leadership role on one of our committees. Please join us! Please click here to sign up on-line.

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Our raceside volunteers are managed by the Steel Cities Region of the SCCA. They have been an integral part of our volunteer army, making our races possible since 1983. Nearly half of our volunteers are SCCA members, we are eternally grateful to them for their dedication to our event.Any training or certification required for raceside volunteers comes from the SCCA.

Flaggers/Corner Marshals

These are the people at stations on every corner on a race course that display flags to alert drivers to changing conditions on the track. Different flags let drivers know when there is a hazard on track (such as a car that has spun out), debris on the track, slow moving traffic on track, and several others. Flaggers are vital to our event because in many situations a driver would not be able to react in time to avoid an accident if they did not know about a situation in a turn before he gets to it. Flaggers also communicate with race control via radio on incidents and report them as necessary. This is a great opportunity to be part of the racing action all weekend! The Steel Cities Region of the SCCA will formally train you before the event.Please contact Joe & Vicki Ropar for more details.

Schenley Park Race Weekend 7/14, 7/15 & 7/16 – Shifts All day
PIRC Race Weekend 7/6, 7/7, 7/8 & 7/9- Shifts All day

 


Registration

This is the group of workers that handle the registration of all Drivers, Crew and Race Officials.  The Chief Registrar usually works for several weeks prior to the event getting all the entered competitors into a database so it can be passed on to Timing and Scoring for their use in the timing program.  Registration usually opens Friday night, and then has limited hours on Saturday, and shorter hours on Sunday. Please contact Donna McDonough for more derails.

Schenley Park Race Weekend 7/15 & 7/16 – Shifts All day
PIRC Race Weekend 7/6, 7/7/, 7/8 & 7/9- Shifts All day


Race Track Setup & Tear Down

Many of us are going like gangbusters before the spectators and cars show up. The track and display facilities need to be ready for the weekend’s flurry of activities by Friday night. We would love to have a few more people get the place ready to roll! Afterward we do the reverse and tear down the temporary track and prepare the streets for “normal activity” in Schenley Park. Even if you volunteer for any of the above duties you can still help us before and after Race Week. Please contact  Cathy Dernorsek.

Set-up Dates: Monday 7/3 thru Friday 7/14 – Shifts Available: 8:00AM noon and noon – 4:00PM
Tear down Dates: Monday 7/17 thru Wednesday 7/18- Shifts Available: 8:00AM noon and noon – 4:00PM

 


 Grid

This group of workers helps get the race cars organized to go out on the race track.  On Saturday, they line up the cars for practice and qualifying, and if there are races, they put the cars in the order in which they qualified for the races.  They do the same things on Sunday. Contact Ken Murin to learn more.

Schenley Park Race Weekend 7/15 & 7/16 – Shifts All day
PIRC Race Weekend 7/6, 7/7, 7/8 & 7/9- Shifts All day


Pit/Paddock at Race Weekends

This is “home” for 150 race cars each weekend. Volunteers are needed as security marshals as they walk the paddock making sure the area is safe and open/close gates to regulate the pedestrians crossing at intersections. Volunteers direct race cars from the paddock to the grid. On Thursday and Friday before the race volunteers are needed to organize the racecars and set up the paddock area. This is a great opportunity to be close to the race cars all weekend! The paddock at Schenley Park is located on Prospect Drive, off Hobart Ave. near the entrance to Schenley Park. The same set-up is used at Pitt Race the preceeding weekend as well.Contact Ken Murin to learn more.

Schenley Park Race Weekend 7/14, 7/15 & 7/16 – Shifts All day
PIRC Race Weekend 7/7, 7/8, & 7/9- Shifts All day

 


Timing & Scoring

A highly important component to the race activities, T&S volunteers help keep track of which car places where and what their race lap times are. Times during Saturday’s practice and qualifying runs are used to determine race placing for Sunday’s start. On Sunday, Timing & Scoring keeps track of both times and places so that scores may be given to each driver in both his car class and in the overall race finish. At Schenley Park this group is sheltered from excessive sun and wind by the trailer they sit in near the start/finish line. At PIRC you would be housed in the race control tower at the Start/Finish Line. Contact Les Walter to get involved.

Schenley Park 7/15 & 7/16– Shifts Available: 7:30 AM – Noon & Noon-6 PM
PIRC Race Weekend 7/6, 7/7, 7/8 & 7/9– Shifts Available: 7:30 AM – Noon & Noon-6 PM


Course Crew/Emergency Services

These are volunteers that have training in medical response, fire fighting, and vehicle recovery. They are staged along the race course in vehicles ready at any moment to remove disabled vehicles and restore the race course to a safe condition. They react quickly and are sometimes placed in dangerous conditions. Email Walt Matenkosky and his “Coarse Crew” they would love to have some help on both race weekends.

Schenley Park 7/15 & 7/16– Shifts Available: 7:30 AM – Noon & Noon-6 PM
PIRC Race Weekend  7/6, 7/7, 7/8 & 7/9– Shifts Available: 7:30 AM – Noon & Noon-6 PM

 


Race Communications / Ham Radio Operators

Ham Radio operators are needed to send communications from track to Race Control. It is imperative that each of our 23 corner stations be able to communicate back to race control to alert them of any track conditions. Communications are also used to monitor racer behavior to keep our event safe.Please Contact Corky Bennett at (724) 217-5458 or (412) 851-9374 to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Schenley Park 7/15 & 7/16- Shift Available: 8 AM to 6 PM
PIRC  7/7, 7/8 & 7/9- Shift Available: 8 AM to 6 PM


Car Shows

This is a great opportunity to work around a myriad of unique and interesting cars you may have only heard of before! Volunteer’s help to register cars, direct traffic, and assure that the needs of each participating car club are met during the days of the show at Schenley Park and other events. Please contact Bob Speer or Jerry Longstreth to learn more. This is a fun groups that loves cars!

Monday 7/10 – Walnut Street in Shadyside –Shifts : 3pm – 7pm & 4pm – 9pm
Tuesday 7/11 – Waterfront Car Cruise –Shifts : 3pm – 7pm & 4pm – 9pm
Wednesday 7/12 – Downtown Car Display–Shifts : 9 am – 2pm
Wednesday 7/12 – Tune-Up at Atria’s –Shifts 5pm-10pm
Thursday 7/13 Countryside Tour –Shift : 9 am – 3pm
Thursday 7/13 Passport to Elegance Jet Center Party –Shift : 4 pm – 11pm
Friday 7/14 Forbes Avenue of Speed –Shift : 6 pm – 8pm
Race Weekend Car Shows at Schenley Park  7/15 thru 7/16– — Shifts: 8-noon & noon to 4pm
Clean-Up 7/17 and 7/18  –Shifts between 10am – 3pm


Kick-Off Rallye

This is a one day event that kicks off the Grand Prix with a 3 hour road tour and lunch afterward. the event starts and concludes at the Quaker Steak & Lube in Cranberry. It is the one event where you can basically do what you want. Help direct the cars at the starting line, run a checkpoint, along the circuit, conduct booth sales, or learn about the fun of a timed race on city streets. No prior experience needed. Contact Paul MacIntyre for details

Sunday 7/2 Shifts Available: 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM


Patron Parking

This area is set up, early morning, by the volunteers. Parking spaces are numbered, sections are roped off, and signs are put up. As the patrons come mid-morning, the volunteers help register them and direct them to their spaces. Late morning and afternoon tasks turn to those of general security to ensure that the patrons and their cars are safe especially at the entrance to the golf course. Late afternoon, volunteers help safely direct the patrons off the golf course and also pick up all items set out that morning. Contact John Gloninger for details.

Sunday 7/16- Shifts Available: 8AM – Noon & Noon – 5PM

 


General Volunteers

In addition to all of the specific volunteer areas we also need general volunteer help at Schenley Park and Pitt-Race Complex race weekends. Typical duties include staffing a donation station, helping with spectator parking, selling race programs, cleaning golf carts or registration. Sometimes we don’t even know what need will come up and we need volunteers standing by. Please contact Cathy Dernorsek.

Schenley Park Race Weekend 7/14, 7/15 & 7/16 – Shifts All day
PIRC Race Weekend 7/6, 7/7, 7/8 & 7/9- Shifts All day

 


Event Security

This is a very important group of volunteers who are responsible for security at all of our venues outside of the “hot” track area. Volunteers help with the direction of car show and pedestrian traffic, provide information for visitors, and make sure everyone gets to the right places. Please contact Cathy Dernorsek.

7/14, 7/15 & 7/16 – Shifts Available: 8:00 am – 11:00am, 11:00am – 2:00pm, & 2:00pm-5:00pm


Black Tie & Tailpipes Gala

This is an elegant black tie party held on Friday July 7 at the Pittsburgh Field Club. We need volunteers to assist with the management of the auction and guest registration. Volunteers are needed to make sure silent auction bids are properly recorded on the auction roster and to help coordinate the end of auction activities. Volunteer are also needed to serve on the committee year round. Please email Maggie Schmotzer to inquire.

Friday 7/7– Shifts Available: 5:30pm – 11:00pm

Volunteer Information Forms

All volunteers are required to submit a volunteer information sheet. These sheets serve two purposes: to make sure you receive information in the future about the Grand Prix and emergency information. To expedite your registration on the weekend, please bring the completed form with you.

PDFVolunteer Form– Please sign and bring with you to event

Race Side Volunteer Registration – Schenley Park

Volunteers for all Racetrack positions will need to register at the tent/trailer at the intersection of Greenfield Road & Hobart Street in Schenley Park. The PVGP communicates with volunteers via email so we require an email or cell phone to receive your complimentary volunteer t-shirt.

Show Side Volunteer Registration – Schenley Park

All volunteers involved with Car Shows, General Security, and Patron Parking, etc. need to register on the golf course at the Volunteer Tent located on Schenley Drive. The tent will be clearly marked and visible. The PVGP communicates with volunteers via email so we require an email or cell phone to receive your complimentary volunteer t-shirt. 

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