Vintage Grand Prix Feature Race Day; Warrant Brings “Cherry Pie” to Jergels (Sun., 7/25/21)

Racers running full throttle down a straightaway in 2015 race. (photo: Rick Handler)

1) Drivers will start their engines and fans will lower their tailgates for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix race weekend in Schenley Park. The event is one of America’s largest vintage race events. Action goes from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The featured races start at noon. Other highlights include car shows featuring international, Italian, and British cars, a vendors marketplace, food offerings, and track rides in MINI Coopers. The Chevrolet Corvette is the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix’s Marque of the Year 2021.  Charities benefiting from race proceeds are the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School. Free. (R.H.)

The Jaguar pace car leads the pack to start the race with the 139 and 26 racers in the first row.

The Jaguar pace car leads the pack to start the race with the 139 and 26 racers in the first row in a 2015 race. (photo: Rick Handler)

2) Glam band Warrant was at the zenith of their success from their formation in Los Angeles in 1984, to 1996, with five highly successful albums. Their first big hit was “Heaven”, but they are arguably best known for the risque dity, “Cherry Pie,” with the line “She’s My Cherry Pie” The video for the latter heavily featured model Bobbie Brown dancing and in various outfits including “Daisy Duke” shorts. As a result of the shoot, Brown and lead singer Jani Lane (now deceased) started dating, eventually marrying and divorcing. The song “Cherry Pie”reached no. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990 and in 2009 the song was listed as the 56th Best Rock Song by VH1. Appropriately enough this tour is billed as the Warrant Cherry Pie 30 Never Tasted So Good Anniversary Tour. The band’s latest album is 2017’s Louder Harder Faster. 8 p.m. Jergel’s, 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale. (R.H.)