I learned about this show, which featured a very large turnout of cars of all types, as a Fiat Club of America member somewhere around January of this year. Held in Schenley Park, a large urban park in Pittsburgh, PA, I thought it sounded interesting. So I decided to actually enter a car of my own, for the very first time, in a judged show event. Previously, I had only done charity shows for fun.
The car I wound up taking to Pittsburgh was not the one I had planned to bring, as originally I had intended to bring a Fiat 124 Coupe. The restoration work was not done in time, however, so having paid the fees and so forth with those being non-refundable, I had to call on my little Fiat 600 sedan instead. This turned out to be a great call, because in the course of things, much to my surprise, I won a class award from the Fiat Club of America (Fiat rear engine) in the club national show, which was held in conjunction with the Cortile (Italian car show) that is an annual part of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) weekend. While the Cortile is an annual part of the PVGP, this year Fiat was the featured marque, so it was an ideal time to enter anything Fiat, needless to say.
The class award I won was a big surprise to me, but a pleasant one, as were memories of the city itself. Pittsburgh symbolizes revival/rebirth after being severely economically hurt during the closing of the steel mills from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. Driving through the city, one can see many areas being repurposed and redeveloped, along with still some sections of urban decay. Traffic is legendary, along the I-376 beltway it gets just horrendous during the typical rush hour time period.
Going back to the races and show, it was probably the largest group of cars you’ll see in the East at an automotive event outside of the Amelia Island shindig in Florida every March. As the pictures will show, British, German and Italian cars were well represented, along with the usual American product. The vintage races themselves were neat, but….clearly not really ‘professional’ in organization due to mixture of cars of various displacement in classes, along with the fact there were simply not many areas you could see the track from. Most of it runs through some woods without spectator areas.
As most of the events I attend, I’ll let the pictures tell the story from here on out.
Some samples of the vintage race event, from the only corner where there was good viewing.