If you haven’t experienced vintage street racing, this signature event of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix should be on your bucket list. Spectators attend the car shows and watch the vintage racing from the Bob O’Conner Golf Course. The races honor that of the origins of sports car road racing in the 40’s and 50’s at Watkins Glen and Elkhart Lake. The PVGP in Schenley Park remains the nation’s only vintage race held on city streets.
The races start at 8:30 am each day and run until approximately 5:00 pm. See Race Schedule. Car Show participants can enter the show grounds beginning at 9:30 am. To register for the International Car please visit our Registration Home.
The PVGP races through Schenley Park are considered by many drivers to be the most challenging race course worldwide. With 22 turns, 11 elevation changes, approximately 100 telephone poles, an expanse of stone wall and numerous manhole covers, it’s no wonder the 2.33-mile circuit tests driving skills and entertains crowds.
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. There are a hundred sponsor and car club tents, a Vendor Village along with food and refreshments. 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 are now requiring a $5 donation from spectators that walk into the Race Weekend in Schenley Park. Anybody entering in a vehicle as a participant or sponsor will be given a wristband for the weekend at no cost.
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 individual events that occur over the weekend.
International Car Show
British Car Day – Saturday July 23
Vintage Ride Experience – Saturday July 23
Vintage Races thru the streets of Schenley Park
Opening Ceremonies – Sunday July 24
Spectator Parking on Flagstaff Hill
British Car Day
Cars N Coffee
Patron Parking – Sunday July 24
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 over 150 sports cars will compete. Race Schedule