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Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix founder Alan Patterson passed away June 30 at the age of 85.

I was truly sorry to learn than one of the most loyal ELVA supporters has passed away.
Alan Patterson had met with Frank Nichols at a circuit Stateside and by the end of the day he had become the owner of a front-engined Formula Junior which he had campaigned since.

Not content with that, Alan raced in many of the early ELVA sports racers and several had returned to his ownership in more recent times. A true enthusiast and a really nice man too.
He regularly competed in the UK including Goodwood and at our special Anniversary event at Mallory Park some years ago.
Christopher Patterson had been in touch with me with updates, which included these words ..
" The photo with Sir Stirling was taken Sunday, May 11, 2014 at the drivers club at the 9th Historic Grand Prix of Monaco. Credit Suisse was the sponsor and trotted out Sir Stirling as the key celebrity. Alan has very rich and fond memories of competing at Sebring, going head to head with Moss. Apparently, after one event Moss accompanied Alan back to Miami and spent a month living in his fraternity house, enjoying the riches (mainly female I would guess) the University of Miami had to offer. Alan and Sir Stirling were having such a good time talking that the Credit Suisse handlers had to remove Alan... "
Chris added .. " In addition to the ~1959 Elva FJ that Alan bought new from Frank Nichols he has a 1951 Allard J2X which he bought new from Sidney Allard and has raced ever since, including at the past 4 Historic Grand Prix of Monaco .. Also of note, Alan raced his Elva FJ at Monaco in 2006 during a special FJ event that year. "

Alan had bought an ELVA Mk.1 (I believe 100/6) with the Ford 100E with an ELVA IOE cylinder head conversion, was looking for a Mk.II (possibly purchased 100/49), a Mk.III (100/35), a Mk.IV (100/87) and that one owner F/J (100/21).
All these cars have apparently been raced at Sebring, driven by Alan, and so his ELVA input has been immense.
He will be sadly missed.

I am sure that we all send our thoughts and deepest sympathies to Alan's family and very many friends around the world.

Images show Sir Stirling and Alan reliving some great memories; Christoper and Alan Patterson with the Allard J2X and the ELVA-CLIMAX Mk.IV in action.

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Here is a message from Christopher Patterson ..

" To all friends and loved ones of my father, Alan Patterson .. Below is the obituary for him, in which you'll find the memorial information at the bottom, plus a link to a lovely tribute from the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, in case you haven't seen it.
Thank you for your love and support. Chris "

Alan Ross Patterson Sr., 85, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 30, 2017, with loved ones at his side.
Alan was born on November 7, 1931 in McKeesport, a son of the late Alan R. & Elizabeth (Reed) Patterson. Alan graduated from McKeesport High School, where he will be honored this year with a unanimous endorsement for induction into the Mckeesport Hall of Fame as a 2017 distinguished alumnus. Alan served in the United States Armed Forces before he graduated from the University of Miami in 1955. Alan was an imaginative and visionary entrepreneur, well-known throughout Pittsburgh, PA and Sausalito, CA for his ambitious real estate developments.
Alan was a beloved member of the international vintage car racing community. His passion for racing took him around the globe, competing in world class vintage races in Monaco, France, England, and throughout the United States. Alan was a lifelong race car enthusiast, first racing a Jaguar at Watkins Glen, New York and an M.G. at Sebring, Florida. Thirty-five years ago Alan sowed the seeds for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) from his garage in Shadyside. He imagined an open road event through the streets of Pittsburgh for vintage race car drivers. The event was to be a free venue for families to enjoy a vintage racing event in a beautiful setting with a fundraising component. The monies raised would support the Allegheny Valley School and The Autism Society of Pittsburgh. Today the PVGP is the only street race in North America and continues to grow and thrive. He especially loved racing his 1952 Allard J2X and 1958 Elva, Formula, Jr., both of which he purchased new. Alan was honored at the 2015 Vintage Grand Prix, where he received the Workers’ Choice Award.
Alan loved traveling and spending time with his family and life-long friends on his many sojourns and adventures. Alan was a devout attendee at church services at both the Sausalito Presbyterian Church and East Liberty Presbyterian Church. He was an engaging and gifted storyteller and bon vivant, who loved champagne, chocolate brown poodles and Mousse Au Chocolat. Alan also had an affection for bagpipe music and all things Scottish. He relished tracing and researching his family history from Scotland. His great-grandfather, Peter Patterson, the Chief Consulting Engineer for the National Tube Company, emigrated from Jedbourgh, Scotland in the mid-1800’s. His grandfather, P.C. Patterson, also an engineer for the United Tube Company in Mckeesport, perfected the patent on stainless steel. Alan, along with his 2 nephews, was a member of the Rancheros Visitadores, an annual horseback ride in the Santa Ynez Valley in California.
Alan is survived by his three children Elizabeth Gerhart (Morgan) of Campbell, CA, Alan Ross Patterson III (Cindy) of Pittsburgh, PA, and Christopher Patterson of Oakland, CA, his four grandchildren Marley Gerhart, Abigail Patterson, Dashiell and Finneas Patterson, his nephews Charles Patterson, Peter (Jennifer) Patterson, his nieces Cecily (Thomas) Foxen, Carolanne (David) Atkins and his great-nieces and nephews Charlie Patterson, Kelsey and Spencer Patterson, Emlyn and Fionn Foxen, and Luke Atkins, as well as cousin Nan (Bill) Johnson along with their children Miranda and Reed. He also leaves behind many caring friends. Alan is preceded in death by his parents Alan Ross and Elizabeth (Reed) Patterson, his brother Charles Alan Patterson, his wives Annette D. Patterson and Carolyn (Wean) Patterson, as well as his beloved dogs, Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Truffles, and Yoda.
A Memorial Service for Alan will be held at The East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm. More information about the memorial in PA can be obtained by sending an email to A Memorial Service for Alan will be held at the Sausalito Presbyterian Church in Sausalito, CA on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 2:00pm.
More information about the memorial in CA can be obtained by sending an email to

All our most sincere condolences are sent to all members of Alan's extended family

The link to the PVGP tribute ..

Additional images show Alan with Bob Engberg; the Patterson family ELVA formula junior and the Mk.IV sports racer.
Thanks to Bob Engberg and Gary Cossaboon for sending.

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