Canceling Race Week while Featuring Smaller Driving Events
PITTSBURGH, PA (May 21) The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation, today announced major schedule changes to this year’s events in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
After consulting with city officials and stakeholders, the PVGP is canceling its July 17-26 Race Week. Participants and fans of the nation’s largest vintage race event will be pleased to hear the event is planning a full return in 2021 on July 16-25 and Corvette will remain as the Marque of the Year.
The Race Weekend at Schenley Park, PVGP Historics at Pitt Race, Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala, Walnut Street Car Show, Downtown Parade, Tune-Up Party, Jet Center Party and Kick-Off Rallye will return next year.
PVGP Chairman James Dolan stated, “Our priority is to protect the health and safety of the fans, racers, volunteers and sponsors involved. We care deeply about this significant event and arrived at this decision after much consideration. We understand how disappointing this will be to our dedicated volunteers, racers, sponsors, participants and charities.
The PVGP is still planning to host its Waterfront Car Cruise on July 21 and the Countryside Tour to Jamison Farm on July 23. In the months ahead the PVGP will work with their car club partners and sponsors to launch a series of driving tours, car shows and fund raisers to continue to support our charities who have been hit hard during this pandemic.
PVGP Executive Director Dan DelBianco stated “We have explored every avenue for staging our traditional races and car shows in Schenley Park along with our 10-days of Race Week events, but it is just not possible to proceed under current circumstances. To provide outlets for eager car enthusiasts, we plan to create smaller events this year to raise funds for our charities. I would like to thank our fans and sponsors for their support and patience in these challenging times. We look forward to hosting a full slate of events next year to carry on this great tradition.”
The PVGP’s Presenting Sponsor is the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association. “We worked in close partnership with the PVGP to bring together the regional car community” said GPADA CEO Lisa MacIntyre. “While this decision was difficult to make, we believe it was the right one and we are already discussing ways to help support our automotive community moving forward. We plan to continue sponsoring this event that is vital to our automotive members.”
The PVGP will return all registrations and tickets minus any processing and credit card fees for cancelled events. The PVGP encourages patrons to consider donating a part or all of their payment to support our charity partners that provide much needed relief for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the region.
Further updates regarding the PVGP plans and events will be posted at pvgp.org website.