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The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is a 10-day Motorsport Festival capped off with their International Car Show and Vintage Races in Schenley Park. The event started in 1983 and has raised $6 for charity. 2023 will be the 41st running of the Grand Prix. 250,000 people attend the festival each year.
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is a 10-day motorsport festival capped off with their International Car Show and Vintage Races in Schenley Park on July 22/23, 2023. If you haven’t experienced vintage street racing, this signature event of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix should be on your bucket list. Thousands of spectators fill the golf course and surrounding Schenley Park streets to experience car shows and vintage racing honoring 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 largest vintage race held on city streets.
Schenley Park is the scene of one of the area’s largest car shows. The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix stages an International Car Show – a combined show of 20 separate displays featuring more than 2,000 cars. It’s a weekend show open to everyone – no invitation is needed. All makes, all years, all countries, are welcome, whether or not you’re with a car club. You’ll be a part of the show with the best parking spot all weekend to watch the vintage races on the streets surrounding the golf course. Shine up your ride and be a part of the show! Ferrari is the honored Marque in 2023.
The races start at 8:30 am each day (Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23, 2023) and run until approximately 5:00 pm. Spectators are free to enter at any time and donations are strongly encouraged. Car Show participants ($50 per car) can enter the show grounds beginning at 9:30 am. The races through the Park are considered to be the most challenging vintage 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. These car shows are mainly supported by local car clubs but are also open to the public for $60 for the weekend. There are dozens of sponsor tents, a village full of vendors and plenty of food and refreshments. The cost for spectators to enter is $5 per day. All proceeds benefit our charity partners.
There is so much that happens on the Race Weekend in Schenley Park that we can’t fit it all on one page. Below are links to individual events that occur over the weekend.