The International Car Show at Schenley Park is highlighted by British Car Day. A total of 2,000 cars grace the fairways overlooking the races. - Photo Credit to Jim Weslager
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix's mission is to produce a world-class vintage racing event in order to raise funds to help provide residential care, treatment and support for developmentally disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh region. Because of the generous support and contributions from their sponsors, and the dedication of their volunteers, they have been able to donate $3.2 million to two deserving charities: the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School. In July 2013 they celebrated their 31st annual event. It's a testament to the dedication of their volunteers and the allure and excitement of the Grand Prix. The first race was in 1983, but the organization actually started the year prior. Art McGovern and Mary Beth Gmitter envisioned the city streets winding through Schenley Park as a perfect venue for vintage auto racing. Told that City of Pittsburgh approval hinged on assurance that any money raised would go to charity, they first approached Myron Cope of WTAE-TV Sports fame – also an autism awareness advocate. Meetings with the city's parks people followed and then-Mayor Richard Caliguiri gave his enthusiastic approval. The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association was created, consisting of volunteers, and net proceeds would be donated to two charities, the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School.