Walnut Street Invitational Car Show in Shadyside July 2006
Nestled just a few miles east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the quaint and cozy neighborhood of Shadyside. Many individuals reside in its beautiful Victorian houses. Shops such as Coach, Williams-Sonoma, and Prantl's Bakery can be found on Ellsworth Avenue or Walnut Street. Ellsworth Avenue features many locally owned stores while Walnut Street has many national chains such as JCrew and the Gap.
On Monday, July 10th from five until nine, Walnut Street was closed-off to regular traffic to make room for the 100-plus classic and memorable automobiles which had been carefully selected and invited to this event. Spectators leisurely strolled through the area admiring the cars and doing a little window shopping along the way.
This event is one of the many activities that preclude the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. The PVGP has been held in Schenley Park for the past 24 years and is America's largest vintage race and the only one run on city streets. The event honors vintage auto enthusiasts and raises funds to benefit charities including the Autism society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School. To date, more than $1.9 million dollars has been donated to the charities!
This year's featured marque is Jaguar and plenty of Jaguar owners showed-up with their pride-and-joy to join in the celebration. The collection included XK-120s, XK-140s, XKE E-Types, and more – all sitting side-by-side. The beautiful post-WWII creations entranced crowds when first introduced; in modern times not much has changed.
Jaguar's history dates back to the early 1920's when founder Sir William Lyons began producing motorcycle sidecars. Since that time the company has evolved to become one of the world's leading designers and manufacturers of premium sedans and sports cars. The vehicles they have created are legendary for their captivating style, commitment to quality, and breathtaking performance. Their association with this year's PVGP is not only suitable but appropriate. Quality, style, and breathtaking performance have made both the Grand Prix and the marque legendary.
We are grateful for the opportunity to get 'up-close-and-personal' with many of these vintage masterpieces before seeing them raced at Schenley Park.