Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association (PVGPA) Members Group


Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association (PVGPA) Members Group

Since 1983, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix has raised over $2.25 million for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh & Allegheny Valley School.

Website: http://www.PittsburghVintageGrandPrix.com
Members: 17
Latest Activity: Feb 24, 2010

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is quite a unique vintage racing event. It is not only America’s largest vintage race, but the only one run on city streets – the way sports car racing began. We are proud to host one of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s premiere events, one whose mission is to celebrate and honor our founding vintage auto enthusiasts while simultaneously using this venue to benefit charity. Funds raised help provide residential care, treatment and support for autistic and developmentally disabled individuals in the greater Pittsburgh area through the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.

The PVGP is synonymous with Schenley Park and 2009 will mark our 27th consecutive year racing through the beautiful park setting. Vintage racing at Schenley Park is the culmination of a 10-day Race Week highlighted by Historic Races at BeaveRun, numerous car shows, cruises, a Blacktie Gala, and our Kickoff Road Rallye.

We want to thank everyone who makes this event possible; the drivers who allow us to share in their appreciation of vintage motorsports, the army of volunteers who work yearlong to make the races and shows run smoothly, and the cooperation of our city governments to stage this world-class event throughout Pittsburgh.

The end goal of this event is to raise funds for our charities and we need your help. Our event, as always, is free to spectators, but your contributions will assure that we can continue to provide quality vintage racing as well supporting the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.

Executive Committee

Mike Connolly - President & Race Director
Bob Borgo - Assistant Race Director
Don Brown - Government Relations
Terry Conner - Autism Society Liasion & Patron Parking
Cathy Dernorsek - Volunteer Recruitment & General Security
Jim "Rocky" Farrar - Assistant Race Director
Amy Harvilla - Secretary & Merchandise Sales Personnel Coordinator
John Kerr - Clubhouse & Logistics
Deborah Liotus - Treasurer
Sue MacIntyre - Merchandise
Beth Martin - Gala
Chris Sandvig - Multimedia Communications & Showgrounds
Ted Sohier - Race Announcer & Public Relations
Bob Speer - Car Shows
Dan DelBianco - Executive Director

Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 7:00 at the Wyndham Hotel - University Place

Board of Directors

George Jacoby - Chairman
Regis Champ - Vice Chairman
Mike Connolly
J. D. Fogarty
Stan Geier
John Gloninger
Adam Lynch
Raymond Morris
Gigi Saladna
Daniel Taylor
Daniel Torisky - Secretary
Carolyn Wean
Michael Zappa

Race Side
Mike Connolly - Race Director
Jim "Rocky" Farrar - Assistant Race Director/Track Set Up
Chris Granche - Historic Races at BeaveRun Race Director
Bob Borgo - Assistant Race Director/Pit & Paddock
Lorraine Aronson - Race Trophies
Don Baker - Timing/Scoring
Corky Bennett - Course Radio Communications
Tim Bradford - Assistant Chief of Paddock
Don Brown - Chief Starter
Debbie Gruss - Assistant Race Director
Tait Hilbert - Co-Chief of Grid
Carey Lehew - Co-Chief of Grid
Andrew Lucas - Race Track Motorcycle Security
Walt Matenkosky - Course Crew
Dan McNally - Flag/Communication
Donna McDonough - Race Registration
Ken Murin - Co-Chief of Paddock
Kristie Reid - SCCA Solo Captain
J. Scott Rupert - Communications/Special Projects
Lenny Santora - Race Course Banners
Bill Shepard - Communications
Ted Sohier - Race Announcer
Steve Struebing - Co-Chief of Paddock
Lester Walter - Timing/Scoring

Show Side
Bob Arnold - Kick-Off Rallye & Clubhouse Coordinator
Charley Braum - Vintage Vintage Merchandise
Joy Balentine - Donation Station and Driver's Reception
C.R. Bennett - Photographer
Terry Conner - Patron Parking
Ramona Corey - VIP Pavilion
Cathy Dernorsek - Volunteer Recruitment/General Security
Joe Dobrowolski - Communications/Radios
Sue Dobrowolski - Communications/Radios
James Donahoe - Vendors and Sponsors
Meg Eberly - Merchandise
Robert Eberly - Merchandise
Keri Ellis - Merchandise
Greg Farrell - Walnut Street Car Show Co-Captain
Dave Fabyonic - Mercedes-Benz Car Show
Dave Finney - Thunder Run Co-Captain
Pam Finney - Thunder Run Co-Captain
Ron George - American /Larry Smith Car Show Co-Captain
John Gloninger - Parade Co-Captain
Pete Hanowich - Patron Parking Captain
Amy Harvilla - Merchandise Booth Staffing
Steve Hunter - Transportation Captain
Angie Impellicceiri - Volunteer Tent
Gary Impellicceiri - Volunteer Tent
Joseph Janosky - Vendor/Sponsor Coordinator & Car Cruise Captain
John Kerr - Kick-Off Rallye & Clubhouse Co-Captain
Jill K***** - Patron Parking
Chuck Larouere - Rallye Master
Barbara Longstreth - Merchandise/Club House
Jerry Longstreth - Clubhouse Coordinator US Steel Car Show
Adam Lynch - Broadcast Media Contact
Paul MacIntyre - Kick-Off Rallye Co-Captain & Clubhouse
Sue MacIntyre - Merchandise Captain
Beth Martin- Gala Chairperson
Bernie Martin - Italian Cortile Chairperson
Tom Matthews -Clubhouse
Jeff McCarroll - Asian Car Show
Jan McCoy - Car Shows
Diane McVicker - British Car Day
Woody McVicker - British Car Day
Paul Miller - Car Show Registration
Roy Miller - British Car Day
Frank Mooney - Clubhouse Security
Mark Morrow - American /Larry Smith Car Show Co-Captain
Barb Newman - Vintage Vintage Merchandise
Dave Quinlan - On-Site Media
Phil Rubenstein - Volunteer Tent Captain
Chris Sandvig - Multimedia Communications & Showgrounds Coordinator
Mark Sheldon - European Car Show
Bob Speer - Car Show Captain
Richard Spring - Captain - Downtown Car Parade & Display
Kim Smith - Volunteer Committee
Reid Smith - Donation Stations
Pete Szymansky - Kick-Off Rallye Co-Captain & Clubhouse
Brett Sutton - BMW Marque of the Year
Dan Torisky - Clubhouse Co-Captain
Steve Weber - On-Site Media
Lauren Wright - Database/Volunteer Registration
Eric Zagrocki - BMW Marque of the Year

Operating Committee Meetings take place Wednesdays at the Wyndham Hotel in Oakland and start at 7:30 PM. 2009 Meeting dates are March 11 and June 10

Advisory Committee

Danny Yanda - Chairman
Dr. Bruce Bickel - PNC Advisors
John Bechtol - Metz Lewis
Dotti Bechtol - Health Hope Network
Dan Holmes - DH4 Design
Ellis Cannon - Pittsburgh Sports Report
Susie Franklin - Strategy First
Susan Fuhrer - La Creme Catering
Joseph Mendel - Amdocs
Rosemary Mendel
Alan Patterson - Original Race Director
Dr. William Swartz - UPMC Shadyside
Tom Wettich - Cohen & Grigsby
Andrew "Hersch" Venezie - Media
Mike Zappa - Baker Young

If you have any race related questions please contact any of the following Grand Prix Race Side volunteers:

PVGP Race Director & President
Mike Connolly 412 471-7847

PVGP Assistant Race Directors
Jim Farrar 412 754-2576
Chris Granche 724 733-8588
Bill Haus 412 828-3433
Bob Borgo 724 832-1451

Race Weekend at Schenley Park
Weekend July 18 & 19, 2009


Admission is free to the public!

Schenley Park is the scene of our nation's only vintage race held on city streets. This 456 acre golf course and park hosts over 2,000 show cars and well over 200,000 spectators for the weekend.

The PVGP races through Schenley Park are considered by many drivers to be the most challenging race course worldwide. The 2.33 mile circuit has 23 turns not to mention haybales, manhole covers, phone poles and stone walls.

There are practice/warm-up sessions each morning. Qualifying races take place on Saturday with the Crown Royal 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's and Sunday's track action as over 175 cars will compete.

2009 Schedule
Saturday, July 18

Vintage Racer Practice Sessions 8:15 - noon
Sunoco Vintage Rides noon - 1:00
Vintage Qualifying Races 1:00 - 5:00
British Car Day 9:00 - 5:00
Combined Car Shows 9:00 - 5:00

Sunday, July 19
Vintage Racer Warm-up Sessions 8:15 - 11:00
Parades and Opening Ceremony 11:00- 11:50
Crown Royal Races noon - 4:00
Combined Car Shows 9:00 - 5:00
Detailed Schedule

The VSCCA is the sanctioning body for our Schenley Park races. All race groups are inspected on Saturday morning and qualify in the afternoon for grid position in Sunday's featured races.

VSCCA Race Groups at Schenley Park
– Pre War (Pre '41)
– Under 1 Litre and Preservation (Pre '60)
– Sports Racers and Formula Junior
– Small Bore thru ’65, Modified & H Prod.
– Over 2 Litres (Pre '60)
– Under 2 Litres and Preservation
- BMW Marque Race

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Comment by Leo on January 13, 2009 at 7:42am
Whats up whe the PVGP people not chosing The Morgan Marque for 2009? After all, its only their 100th anniversary.

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