Mike Matune was trackside for this year’s race on the streets of Schenley Park.
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) in Schenley Park is the culmination of a week-long celebration of the Automobile each July. Held on park roads, the whole venue is reminiscent of the early days of road racing in America. The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile dealers presented this year’s race with the Mini as featured marque. As in years past, it benefited the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School. Dennis Racine’s Cooper, right, in all-Mini race, epitomizes the car’s competition lineage.
The circuit twists and turns, rises and falls through 20 turns, over about two and a third miles. Further complications come from the surrounding trees, poles, hydrants, curbs and what not. Like any other surface street, it is crowned for run-off and contains numerous slick-when-wet painted lines. Nothing epitomizes the PVGP more than a tree, a hay bale, curbs, surface streets and a classic Jaguar vintage racer, hard at it, top.
Words & photos by M. M. “Mike” Matune, Jr.
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