40th Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix to Feature Porsche
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is preparing to celebrate its 40th year on July 15 through 24. The event remains one of the country’s largest vintage race events and one of the few through city streets.
Begun in 1983, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is entering its 40th year and features two weekends of racing. The first weekend is the Historics at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. The second weekend features vintage racing on a 2.33-mile road course through the streets of Schenley Park in front of 100,000 fans and 3,000 show cars on the Bob O’Connor Golf Course. Between the race weekends there are numerous car shows, parties, rallies, and parades.
The PVGP is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with a charity mission. Its events through the years have raised $6 million for Autism-Pittsburgh and Merakey Allegheny Valley School for individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities.
Porsche is the honored Marque and organizers are anticipating a display of 400 Porsches on the Schenley Park Golf Course on the July 23-24 weekend.
Porsche will be seen on the track as well. The Historics at Pittsburgh International Race Complex will showcase Porsches from the ’70s and ’80s up to modern Porsche GT3 Cup cars. The Pitt Race purpose-built track is 40 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.The road course in Schenley Park is a different story. The challenging stone walled track is limited to sports cars from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. Porsche is best represented by the classic 356, and vintage 914 and 911 models.
Grand Marshal: Ray Shaffer
Porsche’s Ray Shaffer is coming home to serve as this year’s Grand Marshal. Ray was born and raised in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. Ray traces the roots of his career in the auto industry to a chance meeting he had with the late Coca-Cola Porsche racer, and Sebring 12-hour-winner, Bob Akin at the 1986 PVGP. Ray began his career at Brumos Porsche in Jacksonville, Florida and became the General Manager. Ray is now the Porsche Classic Market Development Manager at Porsche Classic in Atlanta.
Poster Artist: Burton Morris
Another special guest coming back home is internationally recognized Pop Artist, Burton Morris. Best known for his bold and graphic depictions of American icons, he created the 2022 PVGP poster that features a Porsche 911 in the familiar red, white and blue Brumos livery. Burton was born and raised in Pittsburgh and earned his fine arts degree at CMU in 1986. Burton attended the first PVGP in 1983 when he was a sophomore. He vividly recalls with wonderment attending the first two year’s races.
Honorary Race Director: Roy “Father Viper” Sjoberg
The first Chief Engineer of Viper in 1989, who inspired Chrysler to shake a fire breathing 10 cylinder Viper out of a 4-cylinder K-Car company is this year’s Honorary Race Director, Roy Sjoberg. He was recruited from General Motors in 1985 after 25 years at GM and being the right hand to Zora Arkus-Duntov, who gave Roy the name “Father Viper”. Roy Sjoberg is a notable keynote speaker on engineering, technical and team building and motivational subjects. He has been a consultant to the U.S. Air Force and ARPA on lean product design and team concepts.
Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala The formal affair that kicks off the PVGP is moving to the Grand Concourse Restaurant for the first time. This Friday night party on July 15 features a car show at Station Square. Sponsor Bobby Rahal is auctioning a trip to the 2023 Indy 500 to raise funds for the event’s charities.
The Passport to Elegance Party
This year’s hangar party lands at the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport and will take guests through the growth and innovation of the past 100 years while immersing them in the beauty and evolution of our automotive and aviation heritage. This festive party features scrumptious passed hors devours, strolling food stations and top-shelf open bars. The evening will also include live big band music, silent and live auctions.
Schenley Park Race Weekend
The highlight of the Grand Prix is the July 23/24 weekend in Schenley Park. 3,000 show cars parked on the golf course along with sponsor tents and 100,000 weekend spectators watching the nation’s only wheel-to-wheel vintage street race. British legends like MG, Triumph and Jaguar racing against the German racers of Porsche and BMW.
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix was built on and continues to support charity. Since 1983 over $6 million has been donated to Autism-Pittsburgh and Merakey Allegheny Valley School. Both organizations supply volunteers to assist 1,000 PVGP volunteers to drive this event.
2022 Race Week Schedule
There is something at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix for anyone who has a fondness for things that go “vroom.” The following schedule contains more information and links to register. See the Photo Galleries and learn how to get involved as a volunteer. Learn more about the PVGP organization and history.
Race Weekend in Schenley Park
July 23/24 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
3,000 vehicles of all makes and years combine to create our International Car Show at the Bob O’Connor Golf Course. Spectators browse the car show, sponsor displays and tents while watching the vintage racers roar through the stone-walled, twisting streets of Schenley Park.