Jet Center photo by Matthew Little


With so much happening during the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, it can be hard to decide which events to attend. There are now 11 straight days packed with exciting races, car shows, parties, parades and rallies spread throughout Race Week July 11 through 21. 

To help guide you to the best, here are three events we highly recommend. 

Each event is an entertaining motorsport-themed party to get you primed for the races. All of them feature stunning cars on display and include opportunities for you to see and be seen with your own car. Can’t decide which one to attend? Go to all three! They’re all important fundraisers that benefit autism charities. 

The Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala, sponsored by Lexus, opens Grand Prix Race Week in style at the Carnegie Museum on Saturday, July 13 from 6:30 to 11 pm. 

For the first time ever, the Grand Prix takes the party, and the cars, to the Carnegie Museums of Art & Natural History in Oakland. Dinner will be served in the beautiful Music Hall Foyer with access to the Halls of Sculpture and Architecture. This is a must for any auto enthusiast who enjoys shiny cars, fine dining and great company in a fabulous setting. Enjoy the fun of the live band, No Bad JuJu, and browse the auctions to bid for great prizes. In addition to being one of the city’s best summer parties, this event is a major fundraiser for autism charitiesEvent Details 

  • Single Ticket: $275
  • Table of 10: $2,500 ($250 each)
Tune-Up event photo by Seth Rechenberg

The Tune-Up Party, presented by Bank of America 

The plazas surrounding Heinz Field on Wednesday, July 17 will be transformed into a showcase of race cars, exotics and show cars as the Grand Prix comes to town. 

Don’t miss Heinz Field as you’ve never seen it before, surrounded by hundreds of cool cars and featuring a race car corral. Start the party at the Champions Club inside then cruise onto the plaza around the stadium overlooking Downtown. This is the city’s most unique car show and party which is voted a top event every year. And it just gets bigger and better.  This year there will be guided Locker Room tours! 

Your $50 donation includes two complimentary drinks. Food will be available for sale with the Champions Club. All vehicles that are parking in the Car Showcase can enter to park starting at 5:00 pm from General Robinson Street. Event Details 

  • Cost is $50 per person and includes 2 complimentary drinks.
  • Children 12and Under: $25 each.

Jet Center event. Photo by Matthew Little.

Passport to Elegance Jet Center Party, presented by UBS Walnut Wealth Management

This luxury bash hosts the very best in cars, airplanes,  international experiences –and people– at the Lynx Jet Center-West Mifflin on Thursday, July 18. 

The soiree, held in the 18,000-square foot airplane hangar at the Allegheny County Airport, combines everything the discerning party-goer desires. Dress in your own interpretation of chic jet-setter party fashion for a balmy July evening. To honor the Mustang Marque of the Year, a P-51 Mustang fighter plane will be on deck to greet you! Check out this photo gallery to see what attendees wore last year and get a sneak peek of what’s in store this year.  Produced by LUXE Creative, you know this event is going to be fabulous. Event Details 

  • Single Ticket: $375
  • Package of 10 Tickets: $3,250
  • Buy three, get one free!

 Shelby & Mustang Marque of the Year
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix has named Shelby & Mustang as their honored 2019 Marque of the Year. They will be the focus of each event during the 11 days Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. To add to the excitement, the Shelby American Automobile Club and Team Shelby will hold their convention in conjunction with the PVGP on July 11-13 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex.

The 2018 PVGP race in Oakland. Photo by Bill Stoler.

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is the nation’s largest vintage street race with 11 exciting days of racing, car shows, parties, parades and motorsport events. This year marks the 37th annual race through the streets of Schenley Park. There is nothing else like it! 

It’s also a charity event – with a mission to produce a world-class vintage automotive event to raise funds for autistic and intellectually/developmentally disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh region. Since 1983, PVGP has raised $5.5 million, including a record $410,000 last year, due to the generous support from volunteers and sponsors.

Race to PVGP.ORG for details and tickets.  

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