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).
In Pictures: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
In Pictures: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
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.
In Pictures: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
Ford Thunderbird
In Pictures: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
Packard
In Pictures: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
Lincoln Continental
In Pictures: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
Porsche 550 Spyder
In Pictures: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
Mercedes 300
In Pictures: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
Pontiac Firebird
In Pictures: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
Cadillac Coupe de Ville
In Pictures: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
Chevrolet Corvette C2
In Pictures: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
And also some newer models such as the Porsche 918 Spyder…
In Pictures: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
…this Alfa Romeo with Ontario plates…
In Pictures: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
…a Mercury Marauder fit for the Mehta household (the cardboard note says: “Free beer to any Corvette owner with a better slip time.”)…
In Pictures: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
…and a Ferrari driving home.
In Pictures: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
For more information about the event, visit their website at www.pvgp.com.

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