Schenley Park & additional locations

Through July 20
Various times

The starting flag has dropped and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is underway!

If you love vintage motor sports car racing—or are a car, truck and speed buff—you don’t want to miss the 32nd annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP).

What began as a single day race in Schenley Park in 1983, has transformed into a 10-day celebration spanning six venues and two counties. The only vintage race event run on actual city streets and the largest vintage race event in the US, the PVGP is perhaps best known for its Race Weekend in Schenley Park. Expected to draw some 200,000 spectators, the event’s tribute to motorsport history culminates over one dramatic weekend within the city’s beautiful urban greenspace.

Boasting 150 vintage racers who gather in the Burgh every July to test their skills and dazzle crowds, the PVGP races through Schenley Park are considered by many drivers to be the most challenging race courses worldwide. The 2.33-mile circuit includes 23 turns, along with haybales, manhole covers, phone poles and stone walls.

Race Weekend also features a slew of related activities, including an International Car Show, British Car Day, Vintage Ride Experience, Vintage Races, Opening Ceremonies, a parade, practice sessions and qualifying races. Visitors can also enjoy dozens of sponsor tents and a village full of food and refreshment vendors.

A favorite spot to watch the races is from the 456-acre Bob O’Connor Golf Course where the PVGP stages its International Car Show featuring 2,000-plus vehicles on display.

The PVGP Parade and Opening Ceremony runs from 11:10 a.m. until noon on Sunday, July 20th. The parade starts near the Westinghouse fountain on Schenley Drive and takes a full lap of the racetrack. Ted Sohier, the voice of the vintage, will serve as host for the festivities. There is no cost for spectators to enter, but the PVGP encourages donations, with all proceeds from the event to benefit charity.

Additional PVGP events peppered throughout the week include an Invitational Car Show featuring rare, classic and exotic cars in Shadyside; a Car Cruise at The Waterfront; a Downtown Parade and Car Display at the U.S. Steel Tower, PPG Place, Market Square and Point State Park; a tune-up at Atria’s at PNC Park; a car show on the Clemente Bridge; a Countryside Tour (sold-out); and a Hard Rock Cafe “Cars & Guitars” concert at Station Square.

View a complete PVGP calendar of events to catch up with all of the action.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...