Schenley Park (July 15th & 16th)
There is no way to predict what the weather will be the weekend of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) but what you can predict is the passion. The Allegheny Chapter of the BMW CCA brings their hospitality to German Hill like no other. Every year, the volunteers from the chapter bring their passion for the event and for the charity. The ten-day event brings 250,000 people from all walks of life to witness one of the largest car events in the country. German Hill is tucked away in the sweet spot of turn 13 with an amazing view of the track and there is plenty of action on the track. The hospitality of the local chapter, the car show and the racing is only part of the story. The heart of the story is the charity – The Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School. Together with the Pittsburgh BMW dealers, Griot’s Garage and the BMW CCA, the Allegheny Chapter has raised over $275,000 for the Grand Prix charities since 2009! You do not have to be a member of the BMW CCA to join us for lunch or take part in our activities in Schenley Park! As always, all years and models of BMWs are welcome. Be sure to stop by and say hi!
Historic Races at Pitt Race (July 7th – 9th)
Many of you hear PVGP and think Schenley Park but there is another weekend that happens before Schenley Park that is just as thrilling! Brett Sutton, our BMW Club Racing Coordinator with the help of Rahal Racing host a hospitality area right in the middle of the BMW paddock. It is an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with the drivers or just to find a little shade from the sun. A short walk up to the top of Spectator Hill and you will find yourself in the best spot for a bird’s eye view of the races right where the north track meets the south. The track is 2.8 miles long with 19 corners and can be conquered by some of our BMW Club Racers in under 2 minutes. The north track (the older of the two) is getting a fresh coat of paving so you can better believe that it will make for some exciting races this year. Schenley Park is the highlight of this ten-day event we all call the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix but the racing starts here at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex with the Historics.
Read a weekend recap of 2016 HERE.
Check out a 360° video of Mike Renner performing a Hot Lap in an M3 HERE.
Click HERE to read Satch Carlson’s (BMWCCA Roundel Editor) take on the PVGP
Aerial View of the 2015 PVGP
Thank you to Marc Caden for sharing this video of a hot lap in BMW M3 with Mike Renner at PVGP 2015.