The Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala – It’s the place to be seen and an event that ushers in the first race weekend of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix with a high degree of speed, beauty and style. And why? Quite simply, you just can’t usher in a huge automotive event like this without an elegant gathering that champions charity and the automobile. Every year, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix does it in style with the Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala.
This year the South Hills Country Club hosted the event and did another beautiful job of it. The PVGP celebrated there in 2013 and the club did such a superb job hosting, it just made sense to go back and do it all again. It’s a great venue and the turnout was again, superb as you can see by the attached photos.
The cars – and one big 1960 Peterbilt – arriving at the event were showcased and focused upon as much as the well-dressed guests they transported. It was the whole package and the evening was filled with wonderful food, people, conversation, and charity. A combination that always works and did again this year.
Enjoy the images posted with this article and as always, follow the link for more. You can always purchase images from the site and with a portion of the profits going to the PVGP; you will be helping the charities. Enjoy!
Another Kick-Off Rallye is done and in the books. It’s the first event for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and comes up very early in the calendar each season. This year it fell the day after the 4th of July so we like to think things got started with a bang. It’s a great way to get the ball rolling and is a fun way to get in the mood as this ultimate celebration of all things automotive gets underway.
The rallye is casual fun and offers participants a way to socialize and admire each other’s cars while engaging in some spirited competitive driving. Everything on wheels is acceptable for this event as you can see from the photos. Past rallyes have hosted the quick and nimble like the MG Midget and Porsche 914 as well as giants like the 1936 Packard and a very impressive 1973 Dodge Monaco. This year proved to be no different with an equally wide range of vehicles poised to contest for victory. Of note this year was the Mazda club that showed up with a nice array of 9 roadsters. The streets fill with everything and it makes for great fun and much conversation from participants and spectators alike.
We had a new course this year that sent competitors on an elaborate and winding trip through the city and some of the nearby communities. The route included a few quick timed checkpoints and a flurry of questions surrounding historic items passed along the way. The clues were clever and kept you on your toes as you tried to stay on track while answering questions along the way. The route invariably gets people turned around at some point including me.
The competition was close with the day ending in a three way tie. It took some work, but a tie breaker was worked out and the top three teams were awarded their plaques. Team Clarks represented by Greg Joseph and John Williams took top honors for the celebrity class, but quickly shared that honor with Vinnie Richichi and Bonny Diver of CBS who were very enthusiastic participants this year.
If you missed it this year, be sure to get involved in the next, if you are able, as you won’t regret it. Check out the rest of the photos in this posting and follow this link for more. All shots from the day are available for purchase and a portion of the proceeds will be going to the charities that benefit from the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. Also, keep checking in as I will be featuring other events throughout the Grand Prix. Enjoy and hope to see you on the road!
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix received a special honor from its new sponsor Hofbrauhaus last evening in the form of a keg party. In my book, that’s not a bad way to kick a relationship off. Every first Wednesday of the month, Hofbrauhaus holds a keg tapping party. For July, Grand Prix month, they opened their official beer for the PVGP and the party was intense.
Several sports cars were on display just outside the building and quite a few of the PVGP volunteers and supporters were on hand to help get the celebration started. The food was superb and the beer fantastic! Since most of us had never been to a keg tapping party like this, we were all in for a great treat filled with music, many many toasts, a parade, and some Grand Prix Pilsner.
At the end of the evening it was clear. These lads know how to party and they are very enthusiastic in their support of the PVGP. The winners circle will be hopping this year for sure so if you’re competing, you might want to drive a little harder and get on the podium. This is sizing up to be a perfect relationship for both Hofbrauhaus and the PVGP.
The Porsche Only Swap Meet in Hershey was another huge success – except for the drive home. That was awful, but also another story for another time. The weather was uncharacteristically perfect and the crowds quite large. If you’ve not been, it’s a mecca of parts you need, parts you didn’t know you needed, parts you didn’t know existed and cars galore! The meet has a huge draw as well with people traveling not just from all over the US but from all over the world. It is billed as the largest Porsche only meet on the globe and it’s no mystery why when you see it.
I saw a few tremendously high priced cars for sale while walking around, but also some very good values. They still exist throughout the range from 356s to some pretty awesome little 914s. Pretty sure you would find what you’re looking for if you go and if not, I feel certain someone there could put you on the right track. I always see at least one car every year that is just priced too good to be true and it always leaves me wishing I had brought cash, cash and more cash.
If you favor the concourse action, you are in luck as they have an area set aside for just that purpose. It is people’s choice, which keeps you on your toes as you never know what will be in favor at that moment, but it’s a great element none the less. There is always a great turnout of some very interesting Porsches. They attract nearly every type our friends in Stuttgart ever made including…a tractor.
So relax and enjoy the following photos. If you seek more visual stimulation, feel free to follow this link to the full gallery on my photography site. Take care and enjoy!
The Cars and Coffee season has finally kicked of here in Pittsburgh so this is as good a time as any to start looking at the cars as well as the people behind the cars. I’ll start things of by looking at the ride of choice for the more than artful organizer; Cliff L. Cliff played an instrumental role in helping to guide the Pittsburgh Cars ‘N Coffee group to where it is today and his worthiness to captain this group is displayed in his choice of cars. Occupying his garage you will find a riotous Ariel Atom as well as this more than capable, Porsche 996 Turbo featured here.
Now I should say that I love all cars. Each has a special place in motoring history for any number of reasons, but it could be argued that I have a bit of a leaning toward Porsche 911s. No shock here that I rather love this one. It has all the proper accoutrements from a 6 speed manual gearbox and HRE wheels to a right at home GT2 wing and an AWE strait pipe exhaust system that will announce your arrival long before, and I mean long before, anyone lays eyes on you. From inside the car, this exhaust system will also gently massage your brain as it resonates quite pleasingly in the cabin. And, if you were so obtuse as to bring one with you, stir your coffee.
As this is a photo feature, I’ll stop writing. Take a good look, though, as the cars we drive often become our face. When you see this car roll in, you know Cliff has arrived. Enjoy the gallery and check back again as a new car will be featured after each PGHCNC event. For images from the event, just follow this gallery link.