July 22-23, 2023
The signature event of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is our Race Weekend in Schenley Park and it should be on everybody’s bucket list. 150 vintage racers compete over city streets as 100,000 spectators watch the races and browse the car show which contains 3,000 show cars, sponsor tents, vendors and a food court.
The PVGP races vintage cars through the actual city streets of Schenley Park that are mostly European sports cars from the fifties and sixties – see entry list from last year. This circuit is considered by many drivers to be the most challenging race course worldwide. With 22 turns, 11 elevation changes, telephone poles, curbs, stone wall and numerous manhole covers, it’s no wonder the 2.33-mile circuit tests driving skills and entertains crowds. There are practice/warm-up sessions each morning. Qualifying races take place on Saturday with the Featured Races on Sunday. Both afternoons feature exciting racing as groups are separated by engine size and year of manufacture. There is little difference to spectators between Saturday and Sunday’s track action, as 150 sports cars will compete. Race Schedule
The best place to watch the races is from the 456 acre Bob O’Connor Golf Course where the Grand Prix stages its International Car Show. Spectators browse the 3,000 vehicle car show and watch the vintage races from the Bob O’Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park. Visit Spectator Information. There are a hundred sponsor and vendor tents along with food and refreshments. The races are reminiscent of the sports car road racing that started back in the 40’s and 50’s at Watkins Glen and Elkhart Lake. There are no grandstands or seating provided. The races start at 8:30 am each day and run until approximately 5:00 pm.
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix was established in 1983 as a charity event and always will be. In order to continue making a significant donation to our charity partners, we humbly request a $10/weekend donation from spectators that walk into the Race Weekend in Schenley Park. Anybody entering in a vehicle as a car show participant or as a sponsor/vendor will be given a wristband for the weekend as part of their package.
Public parking is available on Flagstaff Hill for $30 and up to 4 people in the car receive a wristband for free entry into the event. A free air-conditioned shuttle bus will take you to the golf course or start/finish line. Flagstaff Hill is across the street from the Phipps Conservatory. Enter from the intersection of Frew Street and Schenley Drive.
International Car Show Sponsored by Caliente Pizza & Drafthouse – DETAILS
Car Show participants can enter the show grounds each day beginning at 9:30 am. There is so much that happens on the Race Weekend in Schenley Park that we can’t fit it all on one page – so here are some quick links to shows and events.