Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

November 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Once a year the "City of Bridges" comes to life with the rumbles of the past. The roads of the beautiful Schenley park are closed to everyone but race marshals, photographers, and emergency personnel. The streets are lined with straw bales, and in the extraordinarily dangerous areas cement walls are added. Schenley Park was created in 1889, and the streets for this special event have stone walls blocking the racers from falling into 300 foot ravines. Once everything is prepared, 200 of the finest racing cars from history emerge from the pits in 8 racing groups. All original masterpieces, most worth more then the rest of us will make in lifetime. Everything runs from a 1919 Model A race car to a Abarth that represents one of 3 in the world. To run in this race of races, you must be invited to the field of competitors. Although if you are not invited, you are still more than welcome to add your car to the massive 5000 plus car show at the golf course overlooking the race track. Between the race and the car show an estimated 300,000 people attend annually, making it one of the largest car shows in the world. The race is visible from multiple vantage points along the track, and admission is free. If you are looking for a once in a lifetime experience, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix will take you back in time when road racing was done on the street, and the spectators relaxed in the shade under trees. This the is last vintage grand prix held on streets in the United States, and the atmosphere is unlike anything you have ever experienced.

 

one of three in the world, the other 2 sit in museums in europe


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