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What is the Cortile?

The Cortile is the Italian Car Show, at The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix which will again meet on July 19-20, 2014. In Italian "Cortile" translates into courtyard which is an appropriate name for our display of fine Italian machina on the 18th fairway of the Bob O'Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park. As you may know, The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is the only Vintage Race held on city streets in North America and includes some white knuckle off-camber turns brushing stone walls in s-bends downhill. If you think that's a mouthful to read you should see it in person!

 

Where is The Cortile?
The Cortile area not only has it's own private entrance, @ Gate G, so you can bypass all of the inbound traffic, but is also the only car show that boasts the glorious setting of our host The Pittsburgh Golf Club, which offers a cash bar.

The entrance to the Cortile is on Northumberland Street, just below the Schenley Park Golf Course clubhouse at the corner of Forbes Avenue and Schenley Drive. The 2013 Show opens on Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 AM and cars are displayed until 5:00 PM. Cortile and Grand Prix are held rain or shine.

You can get directions from Google Maps!

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 The Cortile Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Map

What does it cost for me to participate?
Cost for 2013 $125 per car IF NOT PREREGISTERED and includes lunch for two. We are working on a special area for our two wheeled machina. Additional lunches can be purchased. A cash bar will also be available. There is no formal judging in car show. Visit the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix website for more details of all the events. CLICK HERE To REGISTER ONLINE NOW. for the car show. It's only $100/car (2 people per) if you pre-register

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What is the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix?

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission to hold a world-class vintage automotive event for charity. It is the region's premier summer event for hundreds of thousands of automotive enthusiasts in that it combines charitable fundraising with car shows and vintage sports car racing on city streets. The 2013 Race Week runs from July 12th through the 31st culminating with our 31st annual vintage races and car shows at Schenley Park on the weekend of July 20/21. Since 1983 this volunteer-driven event has raised over $3.2 million for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh & Allegheny Valley School. 
The Cortile overlooks the entire car show area with scenic views of the Pittsburgh skyline.

 

The Cortile

The Cortile is a hybrid car show. Hybrid in the sense that it is one of the few car shows on race weekend managed by directly by the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association. Many of the other shows are graciously managed by local car clubs.


How did the Cortile start?

In October of 2007 Dan Delbianco and Bob Speer had lunch with Bernie Martin and the subject of Italian cars, and the lack of them at the PVGP, came up. The Italian manufacturer's and coachbuilders had some of the richest history of automotive design and performance engineering. There seemed to be two key problems:

  1. There where no Italian Car dealers in the Western PA region
  2. There where no active Italian Car clubs to manage a car show

By the end of that lunch it was decided to roll the dice and see if we could attract some Italian gems to Pittsburgh for the Grand Prix by creating an "All Italian" Marque of the Year. As Bernie tells it, Bob and Dan looked at him and said "Great Idea! You're in charge"


So, in 2008, at the 26th running of The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, "All Italian Cars" were featured as the "Marque of the Year" There was an overwhelming response! But there was still no local car club and no local dealers to manage an all Italian car show.

During the course of the show there where many discussions about why more Italian car owners didn't participate. Some of the main reasons given was that the location of the Italian car event turned into a swamp if it rained as well as many visitors to the PVGP, not realizing the rarity of some of the cars in front of them wanted to "hop in" because there where only a few Italian cars that showed up.

By the end of the 2008 event the discussion was flowing. Several people made the journey across the park to look at a section of the golf course that was completely vacant near the #8 & #17 green of the Bob O'Conner Golf Course at Schenley Park.  It was decided to create an All Italian event every year. In 2009 the PVGP introduced "The Cortile": a very unique, opulent area befitting the gorgeous Italian gems that participate. The Cortile is a PVGP run event and not a club event which makes it rather unique from many of the other car shows that occur over the Grand Prix weekend.



Saturday: Car Show, Lunch, Art Shows, Jazz & Blues Live music

Sunday: Car Show, Racing and Wine and Cheese @ Turn 9 in our Private Viewing area in the cool picturesque setting of the Westinghouse Fountain

 

 

 


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