Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix soon will rev the engines
A week of shows, cruises and get-togethers for classic-car racing enthusiasts will culminate July 20, when competitors parade into Squirrel Hill, scene of the 30th annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.
Dan DelBianco, executive director of the grand prix, seems excited about the new parade and a midday countryside tour on July 19. “We have filled a hole in the events through the week,” he says, talking about the usual buildup to the races in Schenley Park in Oakland.
The grand prix centers on the two days of racing July 21 and 22, but features a lineup of social and car-oriented events leading to it.
• Blackties & Tailpipes on Friday is a classy event that gives racing fans a chance to get out of their pit crew togs and into evening wear. This year, it is at the Oakmont Country Club and has been sold out for weeks.
• Two full days of racing for historic vehicles will be Saturday and Sunday at the PittRace complex in Beaver County. Activities include track, drag and kart racing with a variety of fees ranging to $175. Come and be a spectator for $15 per day or $25 for both days.
• Walnut Street Car Show from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday in Shadyside is an invitation-only display of the types of vehicles that are the heart of this event. It is free, but participants are asked to contribute to grand-prix charities, the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School.
• Car Cruise at the Waterfront from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday is a more-casual gathering of hundreds of classic cars at the shopping area in Homestead. It is free to view, but cruisers are asked to donate $5 for race charities.
• Downtown Parade and Car Show begins at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore and proceeds to display sites at the U.S. Steel Building, PPG Place, Market Square and Fort Pitt Museum, all Downtown. The event is free, and lasts until 2:30 p.m.
• Tune Up at Bossa Nova from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday offers a relaxing evening of food, drink and music at the Downtown restaurant and club. Admission is $40, and includes tapas and a drink.
• Countryside Tour begins at 10 a.m. July 19 at the Comfort Inn near the RIDC Industrial Park in O'Hara and takes participants on a back-road look at Western Pennsylvania. Lunch will be at the Coventry Inn in Indiana County. Admission is $60 for two in a car or $45 for an individual.
• Race Parade and Car Show at 6:30 July 20 will lead to the race as competitors will parade into Squirrel Hill, display their cars and then roll into the paddock area in Schenley Park.
Details: 412-559-3500 or www.pvgp.org
Bob Karlovits is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-320-7852.