Public Service Can Be Fun Too

Here is a wonderful experience that Sean KC3SZH and  Luke KC3UHR had at last weekend Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix race.  With Sean premission I am posting it here.


Luke and I volunteered for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) this weekend, 7/23 and 7/24!  They put us at Turn 1 both days, which covers not only Turn 1 coming down from the Start/Finish line, but also Pit Road In, Pit Road Out, and the Winners Circle.  We had a blast!  Having earned his Technician Ticket, Luke was able to be with me in Turn 1 while all the action was going on.  We both had “Race Side” armbands which gave us access to the Paddock, Pit Road, Winners Circle, and all places on the inside of the track.
Day one was practice and qualifying for all the classes of cars.  Day two was the real racing.  Every turn had a Ham Radio Operator, and there were about 22 turns in all.  We saw AD3AA – Lee Rice (Turn 6) and WA3PYU – Mike King (Turn 4) on Day one, and we saw KA3VXM – Kathy King on Day 2.  Mike and Kathy had alot of action on Turn 4 as it was the beginning of the haybale Chicanes – we heard them on the radio a lot – LOL!  Luke and I had a relatively quite day on Day 1 with no real mishaps in our turn.  However, on the last two races on Day 2 there were 2 pretty good wrecks in our turn that were very exciting to have to handle and call in to Control…
Right before the last race, they invited Luke to ride in one of the pace cars to start the race.  They say they got up to 150mph over the Panther Hollow Bridge in a brand new Mercedes C300 – he was smiling from ear to ear!
Luke and I definitely had a great time working the PVGP.  They treated us very well and everything was done in a very clean and professional manner.  If they decide to let us come back, we will absolutely volunteer to work a turn next year!
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