Coatesville revving up for inaugural Grand Prix

Classic cars – and auto aficionados – are expected to converge on Chester County’s only city for the Coatesville Invitational Vintage Automobile Grand Prix.


A Fiat 850 will be one of about 50 classic vehicles on display for the inaugural Coatesville Invitational Vintage Automobile Grand Prix.

Coatesville will host this inaugural event – which aims to evoke the spirit of sports car racing prior to 1965 – on Saturday, Sept. 24. It will feature approximately 50 vintage autos and motorcycles dating back from the early 1900s through the 1960s, according to a city press release.

A race from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will follow a 2.2-mile course along Lincoln Highway, encompassing the heart of the city and its neighborhoods along America’s first, super highway. These eye-catching, historical vehicles may be previewed along the “Pit Row,” which will encompass the 100 through the 300 blocks of Lincoln Highway from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In addition, a Vendor Village featuring auto and industrial memorabilia will be set up at Gateway Park, located at First Avenue and Lincoln Highway. The village will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A 1911 Mercer will be one of the classic cars on display.

A 1911 Raceabout Mercer will be available for viewing in Coatesville on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Bands, food trucks, and wine-tasting will also be available. Featured entertainment will include the Coatesville High School Junior ROTC Band and Silver Sound Disc Jockeys; other special surprise guests will be announced on Grand Prix Day.

Cars will begin lining up between 8 and 9 a.m., and opening festivities are scheduled for 9:15 a.m. at the race starting line: Third Avenue and Lincoln Highway. All vehicles will participate in a parade lap at 9:30 a.m. Final trophy ceremonies will be held at Gateway Park at 3:30 p.m.

Admission is free, and parking in designated areas, including the Coatesville Train Station and Scott Field, will be $5 (credit cards only). Shuttles will run from the designated parking areas to the event.

Proceeds from the Grand Prix will benefit Coatesville’s Park and Recreation Improvement Fund, which serves the city’s 13,000 residents. Event sponsors include Brian Hoskins Ford, West Chester Audi, RDS Maserati, McLaren and Porsche, Pennoni, Brandywine Health Foundation, Cedarville Engineering, and Victory Brewing Company.

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