The second annual Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix will take place in the Chester County, Pennsylvania, city on September 23, 2017, celebrating the races through the streets of small town America that sparked the emergence of sports car racing in the USA after World War II.
Rather than an actual race, however, the Grand Prix is an individually timed driving event, run over a 2.2-mile road course through the streets and neighborhoods of the City of Coatesville. The start/finish line is located on a segment of the historic Lincoln Highway, America’s first transcontinental highway. Old style hay bale chicanes are arranged along the entire length of the course, lending a further air of nostalgia to the event.
The Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix donates all proceeds to the City of Coatesville Parks and Recreation Department to help operate and maintain the city’s recreational facilities. Primary sponsorship for the event comes from Hopkins Ford, with additional support from the Delaware Valley Audi Dealers Association.
“This event gives spectators a unique glimpse of what it might have been like in the by-gone days of American racing, where races were held in rural towns across the country, just like Coatesville,” said City Manager Mike Trio. “We invite everyone to come out and be part of the continuing history of the great city of Coatesville.”
The Grand Prix, which starts at starts at 8:30 a.m., and ends at 6 p.m., is free and open to the public, and will offer vendors, food, music and a beer garden. Ample parking is available, with a shuttle service offered throughout the day. For further information please visit http://coatesvillegrandprix.com/