The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix: A Roaring Success for 33 Years


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A festival was held on the grounds of the Bob O’Connor Golf Course and surrounding Schenley Park this past weekend. It featured booths where one could buy festival memorabilia, crafts and trinkets, as well as tasty festival food such as gyros, French fries, Italian sausage, and Italian Ice. Festival goers had driven to the pleasant, summertime festival in many remarkable cars, and people were picnicking and partying all over the fairways. Then a roar rose up in the distance, getting closer and louder. In Pittsburgh, this combination of fun activities could only be the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.

After a series of race week events, including car shows in various Pittsburgh neighborhoods, the Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala, Cars & Guitars party at the Hard Rock Cafe, and even a rally through the countryside, the cars ran race-qualifying heats on Saturday. On Sunday, race car drivers—whose cars were of many different brands and years—waited for the green flag to drop to square off against one another. Their singular goal: to be the first to cross the finish line and take the checkered flag. Most importantly, however, this event greatly benefits the disabled in our area. Proceeds, nearly $4 million over the years, go to two very deserving charities: the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.  As the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix site so aptly says, it’s “A race where everybody wins.”

Photos: Rick Handler

Rick Handler is the executive producer of Entertainment Central and has enjoyed attending the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix for many years.