In Pictures: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
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.
Porsche 550 Spyder
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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