Become a Vintage Grand Prix Volunteer!

Volunteerism is the backbone of our event. The dedication and time put in by our 1,200 volunteers enable us to continue our incredible event and to make generous contributions to our charity partners each year! 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!

Please contact Cathy Dernorsek as soon as possible at 412 824-2297 so we can get you started 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 are more than 1,000 volunteers – an army focused on the improvement of this event, in order to support the PVGP charities.

NEW FOR 2021: Schenley Park Show Side Volunteer Registration Location

The PVGP Volunteer Registration location is now inside the beautiful new Schenley Park Golf Course Clubhouse at the top of Schenley Drive. There is no longer a tent along Schenley Drive. All volunteers involved with Car Shows, General Security, and Patron Parking, etc. need to register there to receive their T-shirt and Pin. Media will also reguster in the clubhouse. The clubhouse is not open to the public – just PVGP personnel and media.

All First Time Volunteers: Please complete the New Volunteer Registration 2021 Form and bring it with you to registration to save time  2021 New Volunteer Information Form

Registration and waivers  for all PVGP Race Side Volunteers

Historics Race Side Volunteer Check-in with MotorsportReg

Pitt Race Historics Track Waiver

All race side volunteers will need to complete and sign this Track Waiver to enter the facility.
It only takes a few minutes to complete online – if you wait to do it at the track it could take 10 or more minutes since the wifi is not reliable.

Schenley Park Race Side Volunteer Check-in with MotorsportReg



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.

2019 PVGP Volunteers

There are many exciting ways to volunteer

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.

Steel Cities Region – Sports Car Club of America
Our race side 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 race-side volunteers comes from the SCCA.

Flaggers/Corner Marshals

These are the people at stations on every corner on a racecourse 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 7/23, 7/24 & 7/25 – Shifts All day
PIRC Race Weekend 7/15, 7/16, 7/17 & 7/18 – Shifts All day


This is the group of workers that handle the registration of all Drivers, Crew and Race Officials.  We are in need of a Chief Registrar to work 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.

Schenley Park Race Weekend 7/24 & 7/25 – Shifts All day
PIRC Race Weekend 7/15, 7/16, 7/17 & 7/18 – 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: Tuesday 7/20 thru Friday 7/23 – Shifts Available: 8:00 AM noon and noon – 4:00PM
Tear down Dates: Monday 7/26 thru Wednesday 7/28- Shifts Available: 8:00 AM noon and noon – 4:00PM


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 7/24 & 7/25 – Shifts all day
PIRC Race Weekend 7/15, 7/16, 7/17 & 7/18 – 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 previous weekend. Contact Ken Murin to learn more.

Schenley Park Race Weekend 7/23, 7/24 & 7/25 – Shifts all day
PIRC Race Weekend 7/16, 7/17, & 7/18- 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 occupy near the start/finish line. At PIRC you would be housed in the race control tower at the Start/Finish Line.

Schenley Park 7/24 & 7/25 – Shifts Available: 7:30 AM – Noon & Noon-6 PM
PIRC Race Weekend 7/15, 7/16, 7/17 & 7/18 –  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 racecourse in vehicles ready at any moment to remove disabled vehicles and restore the racecourse 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 7/24 & 7/25 – Shifts Available: 7:30 AM – Noon & Noon-6 PM
PIRC Race Weekend  7/15, 7/16, 7/17 & 7/18 – 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 7/24 & 7/25- Shifts Available: 8 AM to 6 PM
PIRC  7/16, 7/17 & 7/18 – Shifts 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! Volunteers 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 group that loves cars!

Monday 7/19 – Walnut Street in Shadyside – Shifts : 3pm – 7pm & 4pm – 10pm
Tuesday 7/20 Countryside Tour – Shift: 9 am – 3pm
Tuesday 7/20 – Waterfront Car Cruise – Shifts : 3pm – 7pm & 4pm – 10pm

Wednesday 7/21 – Downtown Car Display- Shifts: 9 am – 2pm
Wednesday 7/21 – Tune-Up – Shifts 5pm-10pm
Friday 7/23 Forbes Avenue of Speed – Shift: 6 pm – 8pm
Race Weekend Car Shows at Schenley Park  7/24 thru 7/25- Shifts: 8-noon & noon to 4pm
Post Event Clean-Up 7/26 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 on Flagstaff Hill and concludes at Smokey Bones at Pittsburgh Mills. 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 7/11 Shifts Available: 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM

Patron Parking

This area is set up, early in the 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 or Jill Kummer for details.

Sunday 7/25- 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 needs will come up and we need volunteers standing by. Please contact Cathy Dernorsek.

Schenley Park Race Weekend 7/23, 7/24 & 7/25 – Shifts All-day
PIRC Race Weekend 7/15, 7/16, 7/17 & 7/18- 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 shows and pedestrian traffic, provide information for visitors and make sure everyone gets to the right places. Please contact Cathy Dernorsek.

7/23, 7/24 & 7/25 – Shifts Available: 8:00 am – 11:00 AM, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, & 2:00 PM – 5:00p PM

Black Tie & Tailpipes Gala

This is an elegant black-tie party held on Friday, July 16 at Valley Brook Country 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. Volunteers are also needed to serve on the committee year-round. Please email Brenda Tennison to inquire.

Friday 7/16- 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 the 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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