Vintage vehicles take a ‘brake’ at first shed party in Butler – Butler Eagle


Guests take photos and mingle during the Passport to Elegance Jet Center party for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix at Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport in Penn Township on Thursday, July 21, 2022. Justin Guido/ Special for the Eagle

Justin Guido

PENN TWP — Michael Schindel’s 1974 Porsche 911 will fly through the streets of Pittsburgh at around 100 miles per hour on Saturday, alongside dozens of other vintage race cars for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.

But on Thursday, Schindel, who is from Gibsonia, and his vehicle hunkered down at Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport for the Passport to Elegance Jet Center party, where he and a number of other vintage vehicle enthusiasts were able to talk about their commutes before race day. .

Schindel said vintage racing is known as “gentlemen’s racing” among enthusiasts for a reason.

“In old races, people are more respectful of the car,” Schindel said. “In professional racing, if you destroy a car, the sponsor will buy you a new one. You can’t do that with these old cars.

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix drivers pitted at Butler for a “hangar party” Thursday night, amid a 10-day event that took them on a tour of Allegheny and Butler counties.

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