In Pictures: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

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I bet you didn’t know the longest continually running vintage car race and show in the nation is held in Yinzerville. That’s right. Every summer since 1983, Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park becomes the scene of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. The course consists of a 2.33 mile stretch of road inside the park that challenges drivers with its twenty three turns, walls, telephone poles and other common features of an ordinary road.

This event routinely draws drivers, spectators and car buffs from all over North America and Europe, with this year’s attendance being 200,000 over the week of events. The Vintage Grand Prix raises money for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School and, since its inception, has raised $3.9 million dollars for these charities. Your humble correspondent just happened to be in the area a few Sundays ago and made an unplanned stop at the event.

The race itself draws better photographers than I, although I was able to snap some half decent shots of the first race with my cell phone (I wish I had brought my SLR believe me).

But the show itself is what many spectators come to see, here you will find some very unique automobiles such as this pre-war Bentley.

Ford Thunderbird

Packard

Lincoln Continental

Porsche 550 Spyder

Mercedes 300

Pontiac Firebird

Cadillac Coupe de Ville

Chevrolet Corvette C2

And also some newer models such as the Porsche 918 Spyder…

…this Alfa Romeo with Ontario plates…

…a Mercury Marauder fit for the Mehta household (the cardboard note says: “Free beer to any Corvette owner with a better slip time.”)…

…and a Ferrari driving home.

For more information about the event, visit their website at www.pvgp.com.

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  • Ryoku75 Ryoku75 on Jul 30, 2015

    Using your phone-can actually sort of makes the pics look as "vintage" as the cars, in other words, it actually kinda works! Thank you for the pics, we oughta make your stuff regular. Lots of neat pics with minimal text. Now I need to get out my Dads old Mid-America Raceway pics.

    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Jul 30, 2015

      Thanks. I would have preferred one of my SLRs but I actually forgot the day of the event and just happened to be in Oakland that Sunday.

  • Funky Funky on Jul 30, 2015

    The two major races of this ~2 week event are held at Schenley Park and the Pittsburgh International Race Complex (the race at the Race Complex occurs during the weekend prior to the Schenley Park race). Having attended both (as a "lifelong" attendee, beginning back in the 1980s when the event first began), I would recommend, if you really enjoy watching the vintage racing rather than the car show, vendors, and various VIP and car club exclusive tents/gatherings, checking out the race at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex. At the Pitt Race complex the spectators have a view of 1/2 to 3/4 of the 2.8 mile track (instead of having a view of one turn or a very short segment of the Schenley Park track which is often obstructed by the high paying VIPs who have exclusive rights to the best viewing areas). Both events are very nice, depending on one's perspective/interests. The real racing fun, however in my opinion, occurs at the Pitt Racing complex portion of the ~2 week event.

    • Xeranar Xeranar on Jul 30, 2015

      I'm with you, the old Beaver Valley now PIRC course is where to go if you like to watch them truly race since more tend to show up for qualifying and you get a good time to watch them go fast. But if you're into walking pit row and just want to chat up people about cars they're passionate about the Schenley Park event is better. I'm more into the park scene because there I've had the pleasure of talking to quite a few fun folks, helped load more than a few cars, and gotten to drive in a Bug-eyed Sprite.

  • Dukeisduke I still think the name Bzzzzzzzzzzt! would have been better.
  • Dukeisduke I subscribed to both Road & Track and Car and Driver for over 25 years, but it's been close to 20 years since I dropped both. I tried their digital versions with their reader software (can't remember the name now), but it wasn't the same. I let it lapse after a year.From what I've seen of R&T's print version, it's turned into more of a lifestyle thing like The Robb Report. I haven't seen an issue of C/D in a while.I enjoyed both magazines a lot when I was subscribing. R&T for the road tests (especially the April Fools road tests), used car reviews, historical articles, and columns like Peter Egan's Side Glances and Dennis Simanitis's Technical Correspondence. And C/D for the road tests and pithy commentary, and columns like Gordon Baxter's, and Jean Shepherd's (that goes way back to the early '70s).
  • Steve Biro It takes very clever or amusing content for me to sit through a video vehicle review. And most do not include that.Tim, you wrote :"Niche titles aren't dying because of a lack of interest from enthusiasts, but because of broader changes in the economics of media, at least in this author's opinion."You're right about the broader changes in economics. But the truth is that there IS a lack of interest from enthusiasts. Part of it is demographics. Young people coming up are generally not car and truck fans. That doesn't mean there are no young enthusiasts but the numbers are much smaller. And even those who consider themselves enthusiasts seem to have mixed feelings. Just take a look at Jalopnik.And then we come to the real problem: The vast majority of new vehicles coming out today are not interesting to enthusiasts, are not fun to drive and/or are just not affordable.You can argue that EVs are technically interesting and should create enthusiasm. But the truth is they are not fun to drive, don't work well enough yet for most people and are very expensive.EVs on the race track? Have you ever been to a Formula E race? Please.And even if we set EVs aside, the electronic nannies that are being forced on us pretty much preclude a satisfying driving experience in any brand-new vehicle, regardless of propulsion system. Sure, many consumers who view cars as transportation appliances may welcome this technology. But they are not enthusiasts. I don't know about you, but I and most car fans I know don't want smart phones on wheels.There is simply not that much of interest to write about. Car and Driver and Road & Track are dipping deeper into nostalgia and their archives as a result. R&T is big on sponsoring road trips for enthusiasts - which is a great idea. But only people with money to burn need apply.And then there is the problem of quality in automotive writing. As more experienced people are let go and more money is cut from publications, the quality and length of pieces keeps going down, leading to the inevitable self-fulfilling prophecy.Even the output on this site is sharply reduced from its peak. And the number of responses to posts seems a small fraction of what it used to be. This is my first comment since the site was recently relaunched. I don't expect to be making many in the future.Frankly Tim - and it gives me no pleasure to write this - but your post makes me feel as though the people running this site have run out of ideas and TTAC's days may be numbered.Cutbacks in automotive journalism are upsetting. But, until there is something exciting and fun to write about, they are going to continue. Perhaps automotive enthusiasm really was a 20th century phenomenon..
  • THX1136 I think that the good ole interwebs is at least partially to blame. When folks can get content for free, what is the motivation to pay to read? I'm guilty of this big time. Gotta pay to read!? Forget it! I'll go somewhere else or do without. And since a majority of folks have that portable PC disguised as a phone in their pocket, no need for print. The amount of info easily available is the other factor the web brings to bear. It's perhaps harder now to stand out. Standing out is necessary to continued success.In an industry I've been interested (and participated) in, the one magazine (Mix) I subscribed to has become a shadow of it's former self (200 pgs now down to 75). I like print for the reasons mentioned by another earlier. I can 'access' it in a non-linear fashion and it's easily portable for me. (Don't own a smarty pants phone and don't plan to at the moment.)I would agree with others: useful comparison reviews, unique content not easily available other places, occasional ringers (Baruth, Sajeev, et al) - it would be attractive to me anyway. I enjoy Corey, Matt and Murilee and hope they continue to contribute here.
  • Daniel J I wish auto journos would do more comparisons. They do some but many are just from notes from a previous review compared to a new review. I see where journos go out to a location and test drive and review a vehicle on location but that does absolutely nothing for me without any comparison to similar cars. I also wish more journos spent more time on seat comfort. I guess that doesn't matter much when many journos seem to be smaller folks where comfort isn't as important. Ergonomics are usually just glossed over unless there is something very specific about the ergonomics that tick the journo off. I honestly get more from most youtube reviews than I ever do about reviews written on a page.
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