The Cortile Della Corsa: Alfa Romeo's North American Convention to be held in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix's Cortile.
PITTSBURGH, PA. The Three Rivers Alfisti, the local chapter of the Alfa Romeo Owner's Club (AROC) in North America, is hosting the 2019 AROC Convention which is being called the Cortile della Corsa: The "Courtyard of Racing." The Club has over a weeks worth of events planned including trips to historic Frank Lloyd Wright landmarks, rally tours, a parade into the City of Pittsburgh, which includes a display at the headwaters of the Ohio, and a weekend at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix's Cortile Italian Car Show.
On Wednesday morning, July 17, Alfa Romeo's will parade through the City of Pitttsburgh and then be on display at Point State Park, where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers meet to form the headwaters of the Ohio River. Alfa Romeo owners will take an afternoon tour around the city in vintage 'Duck Boats". The six-wheel-drive amphibious DUKW's, built in 1944 and 1945, will get in the water and offer a preview of the Tune Up Party location that attendees to the convention will enjoy that evening.
On Thursday, convention participants will enjoy a day at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex for on track "Time Trial" as well as Autocross and some competitive karting amongst CLub members. The event culminates that event at Jergels, starting for with a tech session at Indian Motorcylces of Pittsburgh covering Tuning for the 4C and then moving acrorss the parking lot and up to the VIP Suites at Jergels to be entertained by Three Car Garage.
Friday, July 19 starts off with a Rally through the the backroads of Butler County through McConnells Mill for lunch at Moraine State Park, (not far from where the Jeep was invented) and returning back to the DoubleTree Hilton for a car was sponsered by Meguirs' before heading down to the welcome dinner at The Hisotric Pittsburgh Golf Club to mix and mingle with the Alfa Romeo Vintage Race Cars and drivers.
The Cortile della Corsa Weekend at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is being hosted at the Cortile Italian Car showfield. Saturday will include Cortile Cup Judgine, Alfa Romeo "Shine and Show" Judging ad wll as the prestigious Certificator d' Oro judging for 98-100 point Concours level show cars. Also on display is the 'Courtyard of Racing" - Alfa Romeo race cars from their very robust racing history. This will hearken back to names like Nuvolari, Fangio & Andretti.
Saturday Evening will be capped of with a banquet for Alfa Romeo Club members at the Doubletree Hilton with vocalist Jessica Lee, who also has a unique role in the preservation of Pittsurgh's Blue and Jazz history.
The Convention culminates Sunday with the main event: racing! Racing is what made Alfa Romeo became famous over 100 years ago! There is a special VIP viewing area for Cortile and Club Members at Westinghouse Pond, turn 9 on the purpose built street course, with a lunch hosted by JKS Financial and "Wine on 9" hosted by Mazza Vinyards. It's also the day for paddock tours.
For the 2017 Cortile Courtyard of Italian Macchina there are some big plans in the works to make Sunday July 16th a MUST SEE event! The Cortile is very excited to announce "Wine on 9"
With the restoration of the Westinghouse Pond now complete, with the help of Cortile participants gracious donations and support to the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for this restoration project, we now have the most opulent trackside viewing area of any of the car shows during the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. In conjunction with the 35th anniversary of the the PVGP we are very excited to announce that we will be taking full advantage of the newly renovated Pond area located on Turn 9 of the track.
Mazza Winery has partnered with the Cortile to host a private wine tasting during the PVGP Parade and opening ceremonies on Sunday July 16, 2017. The VIP area is only open to registered Cortile Car Show participants and will kick off around 11am.
The entire area is shaded within the tree lined track. It's one of the very best places to watch the vintage races cars jockey for position into the apex of Turn 9 and the execute passes on their way up to German Hill.
"Wine on 9" is the brainchild of Deb Schurko,of Pittsburgh Opera gala's fame. According to Deb, "This is really how we've got to use such a gorgeous place! It's so beautiful to begin with and what better place to sit back, savor some good wine and watch vintage racing! It's just the kind of classy thing that the Cortile has become known for!"
We could not agree more!
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