Allegheny Chapter

The Allegheny Chapter of the BMW Car Club

2016 PVGP FAQs

Welcome to the Allegheny Chapter’s
Annual Gathering at the
2016 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

On behalf of everyone on our PVGP volunteer staff, we would like to extend a warm welcome to the 34th Annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix! The PVGP is one of the most unique automotive experiences in the county and we are thrilled that you will be attending our event!  We are sending this email to provide answers to some of the questions we most frequently receive.


Registration

If you registered through the PVGP’s website, you should have received a receipt confirming your registration.  If you registered by mail, no receipt is sent.  We do not issue tickets or other confirmations in advance of the event.  The receipt is not needed to enter our event but feel free to bring it along in case we make a mistake.  Upon arriving at the Park, please check in at our registration table. We will also have early registration at the Double Tree hotel in Greentree which is the BMW Host Hotel. The registration times are listed below.  Our registration staff will provide you with welcome materials, wristbands for entry into the hospitality tent and other items. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have.


Registration Times

If you registered through the PVGP’s website, you should have received a receipt confirming your registration.  If you registered by mail, no receipt is sent.  We do not issue tickets or other confirmations in advance of the event.  The receipt is not needed to enter our event but feel free to bring it along in case we make a mistake.  Upon arriving at the Park, please check in at our registration table. We will also have early registration at the Double Tree hotel in Greentree which is the BMW Host Hotel. The registration times are listed below.  Our registration staff will provide you with welcome materials, wristbands for entry into the hospitality tent and other items. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have.


Thursday Evening
We have named Pittsburgh’s Hofbrauhaus as a gathering spot for those who arrive in town early.  The evening dinner at the Hofbrauhaus is very informal and is simply intended as a gathering point for those arriving early.  Although we will try to have a BMW sign so you can find us, there will not be any formal club presentations.

Friday Drive to Indiana PA & The Jimmy Stewart
The designated starting point for our Friday Drive is the Eat-n-Park Restaurant at Edgewood Towne Center. If you registered for the drive you should receive a separate email with complete information about the drive starting point, the route and the schedule.

Friday Welcome Dinner
Over the past few years, our Friday evening welcome dinner has become one of the staples to our weekend.   This year we will visit one of Pittsburgh’s favorite banquet facilities for a buffet dinner. Gaetano’s is located at 1617 Banksville Rd. Pittsburgh PA 15216.  Once again, we will conduct a silent auction to benefit the PVGP Charities, The Autism Society and The Allegheny School. The auction will begin before dinner and conclude at 8:45  Our guest speaker this year is from the Allegheny School. The speaker will explain what the school does and how your donations and participation in the PVGP help the school achieve those goals.6:00 p.m. – Doors open
6:30 p.m. – Cocktails & Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. – Dinner buffet is served
8:00 p.m. – Introductions and Program with a guest speaker
8:45 p.m. – Silent Auction concludes


Procedures for Entry to the Schenley Park Corral
Saturday and Sunday

Follow directions to Schenley Park.  Enter the park from Forbes Avenue and Schenley Drive.  This is by the white Schenley Park club house.  Schenley Drive will be one-way into the park.  Corral parking opens at 9:00 am.  PVGP asks that cars be in place by 11:00 am and remain until after 3:00 pm.   Please follow the directions of the PVGP volunteers.  They move up to 2500 show cars into the park in a matter of 2 hours.  Proceed down the hill to gate E.  If you arrive in a BMW, you will be directed to the BMW corral.  If you are flying into this event and have a rental car, please email us so we can make special arrangements.  Once in our corral area, please follow the directions of our Chapter’s parking staff.  Park your car first, then if you have not already registered, come to the tent to get your materials.


Miscellaneous Matters and Helpful Hints
  1. If the weather is nice, we may see over 300 cars!
  2. As a reminder, we are generally very efficient but we are volunteers.  If there is a problem, be patient but let us know.  We will try to help!
  3. If this is your first PVGP, there are many, many cars to see.  Consider looking at show cars on Saturday and watching the races on Sunday.
  4. Picnic blankets and folding chairs are welcome.  Sorry, but individuals are NOT PERMITTED to put up folding or pop-up tents!  Additionally, once you park your car, you will NOT be permitted to drive to other vantage points to watch the races.  You will likely find that the BMW club enjoys a view of one of the best corners on the track.
  5. The PVGP takes place within 3 miles of downtown Pittsburgh.  There are 3 million people who live in the metropolitan area.  We do our best to plan around it but you may find yourself in traffic at different times throughout the weekend, especially those arriving around rush hour on Friday afternoon.  During the Friday afternoon rush, I-376 typically backs up both inbound and outbound near the Fort Pitt and Squirrel Hill tunnels.
  6. A detailed schedule will be in your welcome pack and the race schedule is in the PVGP program which you will receive with lunch registration.  Our lunches typically are served from 12:00 to 1:30 and we have announcements and drawings in the lunch tent at the first race break after 3:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
  7. Our efforts at the PVGP are designed to benefit PVGP’s charities, the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School.  In addition to enjoying America’s most unique automotive weekend, please help us help others.

We hope you have a great visit with us!

If you have any questions please contact Michael Meehan at
mfmeehan@yahoo.com