Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix to Honor Ferrari and N.A.R.T as 2023 Marque of the Year
by Bernard Martin and Chat GBT
PITTSBURGH, PA (March 14, 2023) The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is proud to announce that Ferrari and N.A.R.T. – North American Racing Team, will be honored as Marque of the Year at the 2023 event. The two entities have a rich and fascinating history inextricably intertwined with Pennsylvania, and their association has led to some of the most memorable moments in the world of motorsports.
Ferrari, one of the most iconic and successful brands in motorsports, has been a timeless symbol of speed, power, and passion. Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the company, began his career as a test driver for a small car company in Milan and later worked for Alfa Romeo as a racing driver and team manager. In 1929, he established the Scuderia Ferrari racing team to support and develop race driver talent, which quickly became one of the most successful teams in the sport.
After dissolving Scuderia Ferrari in 1937, Enzo Ferrari founded Auto Avio Costruzioni, which produced the first Ferrari-badged car in 1947. Ferrari quickly established itself as a dominant force in racing, winning numerous races and championships in Formula One and other international motorsports events.
Luigi Chinetti Sr. played a significant role in Ferrari’s early success in America. He was appointed as the official importer of Ferrari cars to the United States in the late 1940s, and his passion for the brand and belief in the potential of American drivers and teams led him to establish the North American Racing Team (NART) in 1958.
NART was the only American team to ever compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and it was involved in other international motorsports events such as the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Daytona. NART’s partnership with Ferrari was essential in promoting Ferrari in the American market, and it had a lasting impact on the sport.
NART’s most famous achievement was winning the overall victory at Le Mans in 1965 with a Ferrari 250LM driven by Jochen Rindt, Masten Gregory, and Ed Hugus. Coincidentally, Ed Hugus was born in Pittsburgh and raced at LeMans 10 times and later opened a Pittsburgh auto dealer that built the first three Shelby Cobras. He also helped establish the Steel Cities Region of the SCCA. The team also won the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1968 and 1970, and its drivers included notable names such as Pedro Rodríguez, Mario Andretti, and Phil Hill.
The 2023 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix will showcase the rich history and legacy of Ferrari and N.A.R.T. Many chapter members of the Ferrari Club of America from throughout North America have already committed to congregating in Pittsburgh for Tifosi-centered events. The events are expected to attract a vast number of motorsport enthusiasts and will feature a wide range of activities, including car shows, races, and exhibitions.
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July 14-23 Race Week
The PVGP features two weekends of racing. The first weekend is the Historics at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. The second weekend features vintage racing on a 2.33-mile road course through the streets of Schenley Park in front of 100,000 fans and 3,000 show cars on the Bob O’Connor Golf Course. Between the race weekends there are numerous car shows, parties, rallies, and parades. See the entire 10-Day Calendar of Events.
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About the PVGP
Begun in 1983, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Motorsport Festival features two weekends of racing action. The first weekend is the PVGP Historics at Pitt Race. The second weekend is racing on a 2.33-mile road course set on the streets of Schenley Park. Between the race weekends there are car shows, parties, car shows road rallies, and more. The PVGP is a volunteer driven event with 1,200 volunteers. The PVGP is a volunteer driven 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission to provide residential care, treatment and support for people with autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Since 1983, $6.4 million has been donated locally to Autism-Pittsburgh and Merakey Allegheny Valley School.
FERRARI CLUB Thumbnail Summary of Events at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Marque of the Year 2023
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (#PVGP) is is very excited that Ferrari and N.A.R.T. - North American Racing Team, will be honored as Marque of the Year at the 2023 motorsports festival. The two entities have a rich and fascinating history inextricably intertwined to Pennsylvania, and their association has led to some of the most memorable moments in the world of motorsports.
Several Ferrari Clubs already have events planned to attend the PVGP Motorsports Festival Events:
Ferrari CLubs' "definitely attending" events
Ferrari Clubs are participating in the following events:
Wednesday, July 19, 5-9 PM - Tune-Up @ SouthSide Works: The SouthSide Works is Pittsburgh’s premier city lifestyle center. Uniquely positioned on the Monongahela riverfront and nestled in Pittsburgh’s historic and bustling Southside neighborhood on the site of the former J&L Steel Works. Hundreds of cars will gather for a fabulous car show including race cars, exotics, antiques and show cars for this exciting street festival in the streets surrounding SHOP 412 and the SouthSide Works Town Square. Cost is $50 per car and includes two drinks.
Thursday, July 20, 6:30-11 PM – Passport to Elegance Hanger Party: An exclusive Hangar Party at the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport. The party will be Ferrari themed as we anticipate a large contingent of Ferrari owners coming into town to celebrate the Marque of 2023. Get immersed in the evolution and examples of the rare and interesting automotive and air transportation throughout this period in a festive and lavish atmosphere featuring scrumptious passed hors devours, top notch strolling food stations and two top-shelf open bars. The evening will also include live music, silent and live auctions and other surprises you won’t want to miss. Cost $395 per person includes premium appetizers and open bar.
Friday, July 21, 6-9 PM– Ferrari Marque of the Year Dinner Reception at the Pittsburgh Golf Club. Please join Ferrari Club members, honored guests and Grand Prix dignitaries for a relaxing evening at the Historic Pittsburgh Golf Club. A strolling dinner and cash bar accompanied by some live entertainment while you enjoy the evening inside the clubhouse and a preview of the attractions at the Cortile. Car show participants for the evening will also get their dash card required for entrance for the weekend and receive expedited entry both Saturday and Sunday. $65 per person
Saturday & Sunday, July 22-23, 9AM-5PM - Cortile / Ferrari Marque of the Year Weekend - The “Cortile della Corsa” is the Italian Car Show at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. It translates into the "Courtyard of Racing" , which is an appropriate name for our display of fine Italian macchina on the 18th hole of the Bob O’Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park. As the 2023 Marque of the Year, Ferrari's have a special show area. Enjoy the entire weekend at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix overlooking the car shows on the Schenley Park Golf Course and the vintage races through the city streets.
$150 Entry includes:
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Doubletree Hilton Cranberry Twp Host Hotel
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh - Cranberry Twp, PA is the host hotel for Ferrari Clubs. Located at the intersection of 1-79 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, close to Route 19, we’re an accessible choice for neighboring states or conferences.
The Passport to Elegance Hanger Party is about 25 minutes North while Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix in Schenley Park is about 25 minutes South. You will enjoy returning to the welcoming indoor bar and restaurant after your day at #PVGP events
Jason Moka will assume the duties as Chief Judge for the Cortile Cup in July 2022.
by Bernard Martin
Pittsburgh, PA. - Jason Moka has been named as the new Chief Judge of the Cortile Cup at the Cortile Italian Car Show that is held each July during the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.
Jason Moka has been in the automotive industry for over 10 years in sales management and marketing. He is the Marketing Director for the Rohrich Automotive Group and is the creator of the Bentley Auto Show that benefits the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Charities. Founded in 2019, the Annual Car Show has been hosted by Jason and his team at Pittsburgh Bentley and Maserati of Pittsburgh in Wexford, PA. This fabulous event marks the end of the PVGP Summer Car Show events.
In addition to his creation of the show at Rohrich, Jason has been an avid supporter of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and the Cortile for more than a decade . Being an enthusiast himself, Jason had the itch to travel to other shows and venture into the world of judging. He is now a member of several auto clubs in the area and is active in planning events for the PVGP. According to Jason, "I'm honored to now be entrusted to be the Chief Judge for the Cortile at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix." Jason's personal collection includes a 1994 Ferrari 349 Spider, a 1989 Lamborghini Countach and a 1998 Mercedes SL600 Sport.
The inception of the Cortile Cup started in 2011 at the recommendation of Steve Barney. Steve was a Senior Judge at the Hilton Head Concours and suggested to Wayne Long that an award for the best cars at the Cortile would add excitement to the event. Wayne Long, the owner of Mid-Atlantic Sports Cars put together awards for the Cortile Cup that summer and has done so every year since.
According to Wayne, "After starting the Cortile Cup nearly ten years ago it seemed like is was good time to pass the baton to a new steward of the event. Jason Moka and Maserati of Pittsburgh will be taking the award program forward and I feel it is in very good hands!"
"Jason has been taking a more active role over the past few years in both recruiting cars and providing ideas and insights as well as promoting the Cortile to a larger audience. He's helped raise the bar for the exceptional level of cars that have been on our display field these past few years. He's the next generation of leadership within our car community and I can't think of a better person to take the reigns and add to the Provenance of the event that Wayne and his group of judges set down the foundation." said Bernard Martin, the Founder and Managing Director of the Cortile.
The “Cortile Cup” is awarded to the most significant or exciting Italian car on display during Saturday’s viewing. In addition to the Cortile Cup Overall Winner award, awards are given for the best-in-class for the following marques: Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Maserati, Lamborghini, and an Italian specialty car.
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