Kate Gundlach, Named Honorary Grand Marshal of the 2021 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, will Judge at the Cortile Italian Car Show
by Bernard Martin
We are very pleased to announce that Kate Gundlach, who was recently named Grand Marshall for the 2021 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, will be joining us at the Cortile as a Cortile Cup judge. Kate will also be the keynote speaker at the Cortile during lunch. She will talk about growing up in motorsports in Pittsburgh and what she does now in her job as Performance Engineer at Arrow McLaren SP in the NTT IndyCar Series.
“I grew up with motorcycle racing,” Gundlach said. “I’ve been around it longer than I can remember. I fell in love with car racing, though, when I joined the University of Pittsburgh’s Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) team.
That love for racing sparked her to pursue a future in the sport.
“I wanted to get into auto racing, but I didn’t know where to start,” she said. “My Dad knew Danny Yanda from his track time at BeaveRun. He introduced me to Danny who gave me John Walko’s card, I took it straight back to my dorm room and gave him a call”.
“I had her start the next day,” said John Walko, of John Walko Racing, “We where in growth mode at that point. We where running three F2000 cars, two Formula Enterprise cars, a club program with Formula Continental and a Formula Ford and a two car Pro Mazda effort. It was a lot of balls in the air and she kept it running. People in motorsport are hard to find like that. It’s not a regular job. You are constantly working to a deadline. It’s never, ‘We’re not going to make that race’. It takes a special person. Kate is all of that.”
“When I started there, I worked upstairs in the loft, with a cardboard box as a desk,” Gundlach recalls. “That was one of my earliest lessons about racing at the professional level; you have to be willing to start at the very bottom and do whatever needs doing. Over the course of my time with them I learned not only about racing, but also about working with a team, working with data systems, writing contracts, doing budgets, creating sponsor proposals and a dozen other things. I was definitely thrown into the deep end, and loved every minute of it.”
In 2009 Gundlach joined Star Mazda as Quality Control Engineer and in 2012 joined HMV Racing as the Data and Electronics Engineer for Simona De Silvestro. That created a rare pairing of female driver and female engineer in Indy Car.
According to Bobby Rahal, “Kate was always a very sharp young lady. We hired her at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for a few years and now we compete with her, but that’s always the case with racing”
In 2018, Gundlach, along with Danielle Shepherd, became the first women to win an Indycar Series championship from the engineering stand, working with Scott Dixon from Chip Ganassi Racing.
Now, entering her second year with Arrow McLaren SP as a Performance Engineer, Gundlach is continuing her success with driver Pato O’Ward. She's completing against her old teammate Scott Dixon and Alex Palou both at Chip Ganassi Racing. Pato and Alex are in close competition for the points leader in the Indycar series, with her former teammate from John Walko Racing, Graham Rahal, not too far behind.
Please give Kate a big welcome back to the 'burgh!
by Bernard Martin
Dave Shindle has been kind enough to create a Facebook Group just for Lancia Owners coming to the Cortile this July. Check out the group AT THIS LINK.
Plans are coming together very nicely for the the first post-pandemic show! We have not featured Lancia since the very very first Cortile back in 2009. We've been looking forward to it since then!
Walt Spak, who was one of the founders of the Cortile has suggested that he could gather some wonderful Lancia's for that very first year and he stunned everyone with the classic's that showed up including an amazing B-24 Aurelia Spider!
Registration is open now, but remember it closes on July 9, so tell your friends to registers soon!
Looking for a place to stay?
We've made arrangements for you to stay at one of two places.
Just be sure to mention that your are booking under the PITTSBURGH VINTAGE GRAND PRIX!
Mansions on Fifth - This is an amazing facility jus cover the hill from Schenley Park. There are a limited number of rooms available in these two classic mansions. There is a very large private parking lot that you will want to make sure you take some photos of your car there!
Doubletree Hilton in Cranberry Twp. - This was the host hotel for the Alfa Romeo Owners Club Convention in 2019. It's a beautiful facility with an big indoor atrium featuring a bar and restaurant. It's about a 30 minute drive form Schenley Park but in one of the fastest growing communities in the region. Plenty of restaurants and night life are close by.
BY Bernard Martin
A few years ago we invited some Maserati powered Citroën to be on display at the Cortile. It was a very nice compliment to the far end of our field and showcased some really wonderful design. After much discussion we've decided to make the invitation more permanent by welcoming all French Cars to a unique show area within the Cortile.
All French manufacturers cars including Alpine, Bugatti, Citroën, Peugeot and Renault are invited, to not only showcase their cars on the Cortile Showfield, but also to join us in lunch and all of the other private festivities at the Cortile.
If you now a French Marque, click the button below to register!
Pur Sang Bugatti to Anchor the Showfield
The centerpiece of this new feature is going to be a Pur Sang Bugatti. Matt Ferrari has been at the Cortile in the past with his 1981 Ferrari 308 GTSi that his dad bought in 1985. He reached out to us this year asking if we would be interested hosting the Pur Sang. We jumped at the chance and that led to more discussion about finding an appropriate spot for it and open the door to inviting all the French Marques.
Ettore Buggati was born in Italy but was unable to produce cars there so he moved to France and soon became famous for his Type 35 cars. Built in Molsheim, Alsace, Ettore Bugatti’s diminutive masterpiece racked up nearly 2000 victories in the late 1920s, making it arguably the most successful racing car of all time. Type 35s won the Targa Florio road race in Sicily five times in a row, and the Monaco Grand Prix twice. Excepting the success of Bentleys at Le Mans in the same period, Bugattis dominated racing until arrival of the Vittoria Jano-engineered Alfa Romeos.
Like Ettore’s original, it still has a handmade single overhead cam, 2.3-liter, supercharged straight-eight with an updraft carburetor feeding a bi-block engine configuration with the head cast into the block. It has alloy wheels that included the brake drums as part of the wheel, a hollow front axle to reduce unsprung weight and the lower part of the engine was a stressed member of the chassis. And, just like the original, all the body panels are hand-rolled on an English wheel, and every square-headed bolt is made by hand just as they were in the 1920s.
Today, Pur Sang, based in Argentina, builds their cars to the precise specifications that Ettore Bugatti himself detailed 90 years ago in France.
The Car that inspired the french show: Citroën SM
Several years ago I invited Dan Heit with bring his Citroën SM to the Cortile to show off the amazing suspension and Maserati motor. Why did Citroën have Maserati Power? Citroën purchased Maserati in 1968 with the intention of harnessing Maserati's high-performance engine technology to produce a true Gran Turismo car, combining the sophisticated Citroën suspension with a Maserati V6. The result was the Citroën SM, first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1970. Dan's car is one of the finest examples of this incredible piece of engineering.
Please welcome new 2021 Sponsor Amy Burns from State Farm Insurance!
This article is courtesy of State Farm
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By Bernard Martin
The Macchina of Lancia have been selected as our 2021 Proiettore Macchina!
At the very first year of the Cortile, Lancia was our "unofficial" Proiettore Macchina. Walt Spak promised that if we did an all Italian show he would make sure we got some amazing Lancia cars to the show. He redelivered! Our first show in 2009 was an amazing success and I have held off for over a decade until we could really honor Walt's effort that first year. Lancia is why the Cortile still exists. It was what made theC Cortile a success.
Lancia is renowned in the automotive world for landmark innovations. In 1913 the Theta was the first production car to feature a complete electrical system as standard equipment. In 1922 Lancia introduced the Lambda: the first car with a monocoque chassis and an independent front suspension.
In the World Rally Championship, Lancia remains the most statistically successful marque, winning constructors' titles with the Fulvia in 1972, the Stratos in 1974, 1975 and 1976, the 037 in 1983 and the Delta 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992! The Lancia Delta is the most successful individual model designation ever to compete in rallying. All this gave Lancia a total of 11 Championships over the years!
About the Cortile
The Cortile has been described as the "Crown Jewels" of the car shows at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.
Cortile is Italian for “Courtyard,” and it’s befit- ting the name because of the gorgeous Italian cars that are displayed in front of The Pittsburgh Golf Club. The Cortile features the best of Ital- ian design with sports cars from Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Lancia, Lamborghini and Maserati. Saturday at the Grand Prix is when the Cortile Cup is awarded for best in show and for each Italian Marque. On Sunday, the Car Show Partici- pants move to the Westinghouse Pond VIP Area for “Wine on Nine” to watch the racers negotiate the exciting hairpin at Turn 9.
On Saturday, State Farm Insurance will be pro- viding coffee and biscotti and by lunch time, Concours LLC will be announcing the winners of the Cortile Cup as well as hosting some of the PVGP Italian Race Car Drivers. The newest Ferra- ri’s from Algar Ferrari and Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo, and will be on display.
On March 6 2020, Managing Director of the Cortile, Bernard Martin took a tour of John & Suzanne Campion's Collection of Lancia race cars. Prior to the pandemic the Macchina of Lancia had been selected as our 2020 Proiettore Macchina but with the cancellation of the 2020 events we have now moved our celebration to 2021.
Six of the eight stunning cars in our video have been offered for sale through London’s Girardo & Co for sale. John Campion is creating an Irish Race team. But more about that in the video. As you watch, you'll quickly realize that these aren’t just any Lancia race cars, they’re some of THE MOST significant Lancia race cars.
Bernie met with Ben Kruidbos of CJJ Motorsports in between the Porsche Werks Reunion Tours that where happening during this years Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Little did anyone who attended the Concours suspect that this kick off of the automotive car season would also probably mark the end of the 2020 automotive events.
Here's the list of cars that covered in our interview below.
Understanding The Race Groups
Sometimes there is some confusion around what the various racing groups mean and what cars are in them. Rightly so. The definition of which cars fit in which group can change over time, and often do! In addition to that, Groups can come and go only to return at a later time. Below is a qucik summary of the groups that are mentioned in the video.
Group 5 was an FIA motor racing classification which was applied to four distinct categories during the years 1966 to 1982. Initially Group 5 regulations defined a Special Touring Car category and from 1970 to 1971 the classification was applied to limited production Sports Cars restricted to 5 litre engine capacity. The Group 5 Sports Car category was redefined in 1972 to exclude the minimum production requirement and limit engine capacity to 3 litres.
From 1976 to 1982 Group 5 was for Special Production Cars, a liberal silhouette formula based on homologated production vehicles.
4th Generation Group 5 – "Special Production Cars" (1976 to 1982)
For the 1976 season the FIA introduced a new Group 5 "Special Production Car" category, allowing extensive modifications to production based vehicles which were homologated in FIA Groups 1 through 4. These cars would contest the World Championship for Makes series from 1976 through to 1980 and then the World Endurance Championship in 1981 & 1982. The FIA rules restricted the width of the car, therefore cars were built with standard body widths but wide mudguard extensions. The regulation required only the bonnet, roof, doors and rail panel were left unmodified.
The rules however did not mention headlight heights, therefore when Porsche originally were to enter the 935 with the production headlight, they read the rules and discovered the loophole, therefore they raced the 935 with the hallmark flat nose. The category was also mostly associated with the wide boxy wheel arches and extravagant body style. The category would be banished after 1982 in favor of the Group B regulation, but continued to compete in JSPC, IMSA GTX category and other national sports car racing championships for a few more years. The only non-circuit events that used Group 5 cars were in the Giro D'Italia Automobilistico rally.
The Group 4 racing class referred to regulations for cars in sportscar racing, GT racing and rallying, as regulated by the FIA. The Group 4 class was replaced by Group B for the 1983 season.
The Group 4 regulations were also used as the basis for the World Rally Championships until they were replaced by the Group B regulations. In mid 1970s to early 1980s rallying, it was necessary to produce 400 identical cars for homologation as a Group 4 rally car. Notable cars included the Ford Escort RS1800, Fiat 131 Abarth, Lancia Stratos HF and the Audi Quattro.
Group B - "The Killer B's"
The Killer B's
Group B was a set of regulations introduced in 1982 for competition vehicles in sportscar racing and rallying regulated by the FIA. The Group B regulations fostered some of the fastest, most powerful, and most sophisticated rally cars ever built and is commonly referred to as the golden era of rallying. However, a series of major accidents, some of them fatal, were blamed on their outright speed and lack of crowd control at events. After the death of Henri Toivonen and his co-driver Sergio Cresto in the 1986 Tour de Corse, the FIA disestablished the class, dropped its previous plans to replace it by Group S, and instead replaced it as the top-line formula by Group A. The short-lived Group B era has acquired legendary status among rally fans and automobile enthusiasts in general.
By contrast, Group B had few restrictions on technology, design and the number of cars required for homologation to compete—200, less than other series. Weight was kept as low as possible, high-tech materials were permitted, and there were no restrictions on boost, resulting in the power output of the winning cars increasing from 250 hp in 1981, the year before Group B rules were introduced, to there being at least two cars producing in excess of 500 by 1986, the final year of Group B. In just five years, the power output of rally cars had more than doubled.
Group VI Two-Seater Racing Cars
Group VI Two-Seater Racing Cars (1976 to 1982)
In 1976, the FIA reintroduced the Group 6 classification, now officially called “Two- Seater Racing Cars”.
Various production based categories, spearheaded by a new Group 5 for “Special Production Cars”, were now to contest the World Championship of Makes whilst the Group 6 cars were awarded their own title, the World Championship for Sports Cars. Three engine capacity limits were applied to Group 6 cars for the 1976 and 1977 championships:
1981 saw the series expanded with an official Drivers’ title awarded by the FIA for the first time and drivers of Group 6 cars were eligible to compete for this. Group 6 was then effectively replaced by the new Group C Sports Car class for 1982 but the FIA granted a concession which allowed the Group 6 cars to compete in the 1982 World Endurance Championship alongside the new cars
Group A was a set of motorsport regulations introduced by FIA covering production-derived vehicles intended for outright competition in touring car racing and rallying. In contrast to the short-lived Group B and Group C, the Group A referred to production-derived vehicles limited in terms of power, weight, allowed technology and overall cost. Group A was aimed at ensuring numerous privately owned entries in races.
Group A was introduced by the FIA in 1982 to replace the outgoing Group 2 as "modified touring cars", while Group N would replace Group 1 as "standard touring cars". The FIA continued to promulgate regulations for Group A Touring Cars until at least 1993, and the category survived in domestic championships until 1994. However, Group A is still used as the basis for most rally competitions around the worl
Before 1973 & The World Rally Championship
It was with the Fulvia that Lancia went officially back into racing after its withdrawal from Formula 1 in 1955; this time the effort was focused on rallying. In 1965 the company absorbed the HF Squadra Corse, a privateer racing team founded by Lancia enthusiasts which previously received some factory support, which became the works team under the direction of Cesare Fiorio.
The same year the Fulvia Coupé made its racing debut at the Tour de Corse, placing 8th overall. Starting with the lightened and more powerful 1965 Rallye HF, special HF version were put on sale to the general public to homologate improvements for the rally cars. In 1967 the larger displacement Rallye 1.3 HF followed. As the V4 engine had reached the limit of its development, an all-new 1.6-litre V4 engine was developed and installed on the 1967 Rallye 1.6 HF. The car raced as a prototype until August 1969, when it received FIA homologation.
With the exception of 1970, Fulvias won the Italian Rally Championship every year from 1965 to 1973. The Fulvia's rallying career reached its zenith in 1972, when Lancia won the International Championship for Manufacturers two rounds in advance.
First placements at rallies valid for the Championship were three: included Sandro Munari and Mario Mannucci at the famous Monte Carlo Rally, with a 10' 50" margin over the runner up, Larrousse/Perramond on a much more powerful Porsche 911 S, Lampinen/Andreasson at the Rallye du Maroc, and Ballestrieri/Bernacchini at the Rallye Sanremo.
In 1973 Lancia did not score any podium finishes valid for that year's first-ever World Rally Championship season; though at the hands of Munari the Fulvia won its second European Rally Championship, after the 1969 victory by Harry Källström. During the 1974 season the Lancia Stratos replaced in rallying the—by then ageing—Fulvia. That year Lancia won its second World Championship, also thanks to points scored by the Fulvia in the first rallies—such as the third place Munari caught in the grueling East African Safari Rally.
If you would like to participate in some virtual cars shows, this summer, we will be listing some of the Italian car shows that we are made aware of. Here's the first of the list.
Concorso Italiano is working with The Petersen Automotive Museum to present a virtual event in lieu of being able to gather in person, due to Covid-19 restrictions. As much as they would like to gather live on the beautiful green fairways of Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course, they will sate our Italian car lust via a virtual event that will be presented on the morning of August 15th.
Here is more information:
Submit a short 90-120 second video of your vehicle using your phone.
Concorso Italiano strong suggestions:
Suggested Equipment – Always shoot in landscape (horizontal) format
Our mutual friend Mark Greene of Cars Yeah provides a great example. Please watch this video. You can hear Mark very clearly. You get a great view of his car, and his passion is quite evident.
a message from Bernard Martin, Founder & Managing Director, The Cortile at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
The Cortile will not be held in 2020. But do Make plans to join us again July 24-25, 2021!
We tried folks. In late April the Cortile Volunteer team held a series of meetings to discuss how we might be able to safely hold an event. We formulated plans to eliminate the buffet lunch inside the clubhouse, park the cars farther apart and limit the amount of set up that would be done that could impact the health and safety of our volunteer team, judges and participants.
As time went on we had more discussions with our sponsors, judges, and long time participants to the show. The overall consensus was that an overwhelming percentage of people who put on the event where not going to be attending.
It became very clear to us as team that it would be logistically impossible to hold the Cortile.
Not only would there be no money for the PVGP charities, it would also have been a complete financial loss.
There was no break even.
By late April, we had a conference call with our volunteer team and the PVGP. The team voted unanimously that we would postpone all of our plans until 2021 to feature Lancia. Again, we could not hold the Cortile in 2020 and instead would put all of our plans on hold to feature Lancia 2021. We're hoping you can rally behind our efforts geared toward next year. Help us make it success!
We apologize for our delay in letting you know. We wanted to wait to make our announcement until after the PVGP announced their decision. That happened today.
We hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe over the next year. We will see you next year when we are featuring Lancia!!
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