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Motors runnin' for 34th Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

| Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
Jack Kolesar from West Mifflin in his Jaguar
Jack Kolesar from West Mifflin in his Jaguar

Race-day strategy still is being developed, but initial events are revving up for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.

The races that are the heart of the 34th grand prix will roll through Schenley Park in Oakland July 16 and 17, but the activities leading up to them start July 8 and go through the week. The marque vehicle this year is the Jaguar.

It is all a way of making sure the races and displays of the grand prix reach as broad an audience as they can. Funds raised through these events go to the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School in Coraopolis.

The event has raised more than $4.3 million for the charities since its initial running in 1983. It generated a record $400,000 in 2015.

Black Tie and Tailpipes: 6:30 p.m. July 8, Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley, with trumpeter and singer Benny Benack III. It is black tie for men and evening gowns or cocktail dresses for women. Tickets are $250.

PVGP Historics at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Beaver County: July 8-10, with a bigger race course for bigger cars: Thunderbirds, Corvettes, Porsches and BMWs. Gates open 9 a.m., and admission is $15 or $25 for the weekend.

Walnut Street Invitational Car Show: 5 to 9 p.m. July 11, Shadyside. Display will feature 125 cars. Free, but donations are welcome.

Waterfront Car Cruise: 5 to 9 p.m. July 12, Homestead. Car owners are asked to donate $5; visitors are free.

Downtown Parade and Plaza Display: 10:30 a.m. July 13 parade from South Side to Downtown, cars on display until 2 p.m. at U.S. Steel Plaza, PPG Place, Market Square and Point State Park. Participation is $10 for drivers.

Tune-Up Party at Atria's: 6 to 9 p.m. July 13, North Shore. The event will feature a showcase of special cars on the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Admission to the party is $40; a space on the bridge is $100, which includes admission for two.

Country Tour: Leaving 9 a.m. July 14 from the Ligonier Country Inn in Westmoreland County and traveling back roads to lunch at the Coventry Inn in Indiana. A tour of Jimmy Stewart's home is offered before returning to Laughlintown. Participation is $75.


Bob Karlovits is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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