Thousands flocked to the City of Coatesville for the sixth annual Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix. Fans were treated to the thrill of watching drivers of vintage racing cars and motorcycles dating from 1900 to 1977 compete individually over a challenging 2.2-mile road course that wound through the heart of historic Coatesville, complete with old-style straw bales.
Telemundo 62 and NBC10 news anchor Jaime Becerril and professional motorsports announcer Bobb Rayner called the action as spectators lined the streets for an up-close look at vehicles and mingled with drivers in pit row. The free, family-friendly event included shopping, games, a soap box derby, a beer garden, and food vendors. The Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix is the only remaining Grand Prix in North America still run through city streets.
The Founders Trophy for Best in Show, presented by the Coatesville Youth Initiative, was awarded to Dane Holland of Newark, Del., who drove a 1963 Jaguar XKE Fixed Head Coupe. The Founders Trophy for the top-placed motorcycle, presented by the Jeff D’Ambrosio Auto Group Downingtown, went to Craig Charles from Abington, Pa., who rode a 1974 Triumph Trident. The Brian Hoskins Ford award for the top American-made car was presented to Jim Frank of Pylesville, Md. and his 1969 Ford Mustang Boss.
“We were pleased to welcome thousands who came to the City of Coatesville for this year’s Invitational Vintage Grand Prix,” said James Logan, Coatesville City Manager. “And we are grateful to the City of Coatesville administration, volunteers, and all stakeholders who played a significant role in the Grand Prix’s success, with special thanks to our youth involvement and sponsors. The growth of the event each year, and the growing level of support and faith in the City, affirm that we are moving in the right direction.”
This year’s lead sponsors included Jeff D’Ambrosio Auto Group, the Coatesville Youth Initiative (made possible by Jennifer and Bob McNeil) and J& J Commercial Electric. Additional top sponsors were Brian Hoskins Ford, Buckley Brion McGuire & Morris LLP, Coatesville Express Carwash, Howell Engineering and Surveying, and JGM USA.
A portion of proceeds from sponsorships, PRIXview Party tickets, event parking and souvenir sales benefits Coatesville Parks and Recreation initiatives.