PITTSBURGH, PA (July 5, 2023) What’s new for the 2023 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix? For starters, the PVGP is ready to launch its 41st year of races and car shows with 10-Day Motorsport Festival from July 14 through 23. “We’re often asked what’s new,” said Dan DelBianco, PVGP Executive Director. “Our schedule, like most major events, remains basically the same year to year, it’s the different cars and personalities that are intertwined with our event that make up what is new.”
“We’ve even added three new events this year with a Car Show at the Terminal in the Strip last month and the Sewickley Stampede & Roundup during Race week and coming in August, we debut the 5 Card Garage Tour” added DelBianco.
Each year we select a special car as the marque and feature several more as Spotlight shows. Ferraris is the honored Marque and is highlighted on the poster created by Tavis Coburn. The poster also includes a Shelby Cobra representing the 48th Annual Shelby Convention that joins us at Pitt Race.
Ferrari Marque of the Year
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix honors Ferrari as our 2023 Marque of the Year and pays homage to N.A.R.T. – the North American Racing Team, that achieved worldwide success racing Ferraris. They will be featured at the Cortile della corsa at Schenley Park on July 22/23 and during all 10 days of the PVGP. Luigi Chinetti, Jr. will serve as the Grand Marshal. Ferrari owners and enthusiasts are planning to converge on the region from the races in Beaver County to the Butler Airport and throughout Pittsburgh.
Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) and Team Shelby are combining forces to stage their 48th national convention during the PVGP Historics on July 13 through July 15 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, a premiere motorsport and entertainment facility in Beaver County. Shelby enthusiasts will take to the the track on Thursday and Friday, July 13 and 14, building toward Saturday with a massive car show and a Shelby Race featuring Cobras, Mustang GT350s and GT40s. Special Shelby Guests Peter Brock and Camilo Pardo are in town for the Shelby Convention.
“We’re excited to return to the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, one of the most exciting heritage motorsports events in the country,” said, Aaron Shelby, member of the Carroll Shelby International board. “With the Carroll Shelby Centennial celebrated during the week, we encourage the Shelby community to attend. It’ll be an amazing week filled with fantastic cars of every era, automotive personalities and great friends. My grandfather would’ve appreciated the poster, which features a 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 poised to lap a Ferrari on the track once again.” “We think the Ferrari folks might see that poster differently,” joked Mr. DelBianco.
Sewickley Stampede & Roundup
Sewickley Porsche is sponsoring a new PGVP event, the Sewickley Stampede & Roundup on Tuesday, July 18. It’s a stampede parade of cars through the downtown business district of Sewickley followed by the “Wrangling and Staging” of cars in front of Rosa’s Cantina. The parade is fully book but their are still opportunities to join the party.
Passport to Elegance Hangar Party
The Grand Prix has been cleared to land at the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport on Thursday, July 20. Experience the best of historic aircraft and vintage and concours quality cars, including a special display honoring “Ford vs Ferrari”. Enjoy exquisite culinary delights, premium cocktails and wine. Don’t miss out on this exclusive event, book your flight now!
Schenley Park Vintage Races
The PVGP is synonymous with racing vintage sports cars through the stone walled, tree lined streets of Schenley Park, just 5 miles from downtown Pittsburgh. European and Asian sports car from the 30s up through the 60s race over the weekend. The races conclude on Sunday, July 23 with a 100th Anniversary MG race. Daniel Panoz, of has been named the Honorary Race Director. Daniel founded Panoz Auto Development and designed, engineered, and manufactured the MK1 and MK2 Panoz Roadsters, using modular construction techniques and pioneering many industry firsts in lightweighting through several key aluminum technologies. In 1999, the Panoz vision for a premier event for endurance racing gave birth to the American Le Mans Series, which ran until 2013 when it merged with the Grand Am Road Racing Series.
Caliente International Car Show
Schenley Park is the scene of one of the nation’s largest car shows on the July 22-23 weekend. The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix stages an International Car Show – a combined show 20 separate displays featuring more than 3,000 cars. The PVGP is thrilled to welcome Caliente Pizza & Draft House as the title sponsor of our show this year. They will be in the “Cortile della corsa,” a courtyard of Italian makes and models displayed in front of the Pittsburgh Golf Club including the Ferrari Marque of the Year.
Peoples Stage & LiveStream
The PVGP welcomes Peoples Natural Gas as the sponsor of our Main Stage in Schenley Park – aptly named the Peoples Stage. The stage is the perfect platform for the PVGP to host award presentations, interview guests and discuss motorsports. We are moving the 11:00 am Sunday Opening Ceremonies to the stage as well where Maddie Hertweck will sing the National Anthem and we proclaim “Start your Engines”. The PVGP launched a LiveStream of the races last year and is roaring back to stream them again with improvements and enhancements. The July 22-23 races and car show will be broadcast on our YouTube channel so you can catch the action in the park or at home around the world. Subscribe Now so you can catch the action from home or in Schenley Park.
The PVGP is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with a charity mission. Its events through the years have raised $6.4 million for Autism-Pittsburgh and Merakey Allegheny Valley School for individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities. There is something at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix for anyone who has a fondness for things that go “vroom.”
2023 PITTSBURGH VINTAGE GRAND PRIX RACE WEEK SCHEDULE
Kick-Off Rallye at Dual Devils Garage Sunday, July 9 Details
Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala at Fox Chapel Golf Club Friday, July 14 Details
Historics at Pitt Race July 14-16 Details
Shelby Convention at Pitt Race July 13-15 Details
Walnut Street Invitational Monday, July 17. Details
Waterfront Car Cruise Tuesday, July 18 Details
Sewickley Stampede & RoundUp Tuesday, July 18 Details
Downtown Car Display Wednesday, July 19 – This event is fully subscribed Details
Tune-Up at SouthSide Works Wednesday, July 19 Details
Countryside Tour Thursday, July 20 – This event is fully subscribed Details
Passport to Elegance Hangar Party Thursday, July 20 Details
Patron Parking Sunday, July 23 Details
Dan DelBianco, PVGP Executive Director
ABOUT THE PITTSBURGH VINTAGE GRAND PRIX
Begun in 1983, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Motorsport Festival features two weekends of racing action. The first weekend is the PVGP Historics at Pitt Race. The second weekend is racing on a 2.33-mile road course set on the streets of Schenley Park, a city park adjacent to the Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh campuses. Between the race weekends there are car shows, parties, road rallies, and more. PVGP is a volunteer-run event with 1,200 volunteers. The PVGP is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with a charity mission and has raised $6.4 million for Autism-Pittsburgh and Merakey Allegheny Valley School for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism.
2023 PVGP Race Program