PVGP to Host 16th Annual Kastner Cup Triumph Race
The 2018 Kastner Cup will be contested during the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix’s Historics at Pitt Race Complex in Beaver, PA. The races are held on the July 6-8 weekend, launching a 10 day motorsport celebration throughout the region.
Triumphs will race within their race groups throughout the weekend, culminating with the Kastner Cup race, a Triumph only feature race on Saturday afternoon.
“This will be the 16th running of the Kastner Cup, bringing 40 Triumph TR’s, GT6 and Spitfires together for a national race.” said Jim Dolan, 2018 Kastner Cup event chairman. “Pitt Race is an exciting 2.8 mile track with great elevation changes, fast sections and big runoff areas. Drivers who race in the Kastner Cup can race the following weekend through the streets of Schenley Park – vintage racing like it was in the late 50’s, hay bales and all” said Dolan.
The Kastner Cup was founded to honor R. W. “Kas” Kastner, a well-known production car racer in the late 1950’s. He capped it off in 1959 when he won the SCCA Championship and was Class Champion of the California Sports Car Club behind the wheel of his 1958 TR3A Triumph.
Kas is geared up for the PVGP saying “it is an honor to bring together these great cars and their drivers. The mix of camaraderie and competition remains as strong today as when we raced these great cars in the 60’s & 70’s. I am looking forward to another exciting event.”
Friends of Triumph
The Friends of Triumph (FOT) are dedicated to preserving the racing heritage of the Triumph marque. Campaigning these automobiles on the track is at the essence of our purpose. Hopefully the photos and descriptions that follow will bear testimony to that end…. a dynamic display of power and agility. The Friends of Triumph’s membership hail from all parts of the world and includes current and previous Triumph race car drivers.
Marty Sukey races his 1964 Triumph Spitfire at the 2017 PVGP Historics at Pitt Race
We encourage all Kastner Cup racers to stay for the following weekend to race in Pittsburgh. Here, Jim Dolan races his Group 44 1972 Triumph GT6 through the streets of Schenley Park.
2018 PVGP Historics
This will be the 15th anniversary of the PVGP Historics, the event has grown each year with 300 racers expected this July. In addition to the Triumph race, there will be two BMW groups to help honor the BMW Marque of the Year and the BMW Oktoberfest.
Pitt Race is the ideal venue for racing Triumphs and historic sports cars. The purpose-built track, 40 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, was expanded in 2015, adding 1.2 miles that stretches the entire circuit out to 2.8 heart pounding miles.
Pitt Race marketing director, Dominic Cincotta describes the full track layout best, “the North Track was always considered a horsepower circuit without a lot of technical aspects to it. The new South Track adds the technical aspects with a lot of elevation change and blind turns – you’ll have to hold onto the steering wheel pretty tight. When you look at the new circuit as a whole, it’s got something for everyone including 19 turns within 2.8 miles. It’s on natural terrain with an 85-foot elevation change. You’ll never get bored with it. It’s always going to be challenging.”
There will be a special Triumph paddock at PIRC and tent located on the lawn behind the lower garage.
Schenley Park Vintage Races
If you are coming to race with us on July 6-8 we strongly encourage you to stick around and race the following weekend at Schenley Park. This is racing through the city streets unlike any event you’ve ever entered. Any Triumph racer entering both weekend will receive a free entry into the Axis vs. Allies race at Schenley on Saturday, July 14 (a $75 value). Racers who decide to run both weekends can store their race rigs at Pitt Race at no charge before proceeding to Schenley Park.
Now in its 36th year, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix’s mission is to produce a world-class vintage racing event to raise funds for residential care, treatment and support individuals with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Pittsburgh region. The PVGP has raised over $5 million since 1983.
There are two ways to enter to race in the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, which includes the Historic Races at Pitt Race Complex on July 6-8 and the Vintage Races at Schenley Park on July 14-15. Discounts are available if you enter both race weekends, and the PVGP will provide free storage of your race rigs between race weekends.
1. You can print out and complete the PDF Entry Form below and mail in with a check.
This is the only Entry Form available. It can be used for either race weekend or for a combined entry.
2. If you wish to use a credit card you can click the link below and use our secure portal at ShowClix – You will still need to mail in a completed paper entry form with a copy of your racing license and medical form.
Your race entry will be fully refunded if you notify Event Chairman before your tires hit the track on your first practice session.
Comfort Inn – Cranberry Township
924 Sheraton Drive, Mars, PA, 16046
Phone: (724) 772-2700
The Comfort Inn in Cranberry is the Kastner Cup host hotel with a block of king size and double rooms at only $89 each – just call and tell them you’re with the Kastner Cup. Guests will appreciate cozy accommodations, a smoke free facility, friendly service and an array of classic amenities including free WiFi, free hot breakfast, free parking, fitness center and business center. Plus, you can earn rewards, including free nights and gift cards, with Choice Privileges® Rewards program.
2017 Kastner Cup Review
The Kastner Cup was awarded to Jeff Snook for his inspired driving and beautifully prepared TR-3A Triumph. Jeff Snook was also the winner in the Kastner Cup event at Road Atlanta in 2005.
The 15th Kastner Cup event at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in Wisconsin was a barn burner. 35 Triumph cars entered and all but a couple made it to the grid and the start of the Cup race.
Sam Halkias TR-6 tore off first and stayed there, but was harassed really close and continually by the amazingly fast and expertly-driven TR-4 of Ken Knight, a previous Kastner Cup winner at Road America in 2011.
Just a few short seconds back of Ken Knight’s TR-4 a very close racing war was going on with Jeff Snook in his 1961 TR-3A. Jeff had the balance of the big group of of TR-4 cars, TR-3’s and GT-6 covered until the very last turn of the last lap when Tony Drews TR-4 slipped outside of a traffic blocked Snook TR-3A and just beat him to the finish line.
Biography of R.W. “Kas” Kastner
R. W. “Kas” Kastner was a well known production car driver in the late 1950’s and class Champion of the California Sports Car Club in 1959 as well as winner of the Championship for the SCCA during that same year. The Championships were won driving a 1958 TR3A Triumph . He was the Chief Instructor for the California Sports Car Club at the Riverside Raceway for several years and also the National Licensing Chairman for the SCCA . Kas was winner of the Sports Car Club of America’s annual award for the Best Technical Article (1963).
Kas has also participated in sailboat racing for twenty years and was the National Champion in two classes along with many regional and divisional titles.
R.W.’s experience in the automotive industry spans over 50 years. He has particular experience in the field of performance vehicles and automotive racing and racing team management. He designed various automotive performance parts, systems and methods of increasing the performance of standard production cars.
R. W. “Kas” Kastner is an acknowledged expert in racing team management with a winning history of National and International racing events. He has wins in various classes and prototype competitions for many well known automotive manufacturers and privately owned racing teams.
R.W. was the past owner/manager of independent companies such as Arkay Inc., Kastner-Brophy Inc., Kastner Brophy Racing and Roy Woods Racing. Under the flag of these companies he was the team manager of the Formula 5000, Can Am and Indy car teams. These teams were raced under the Kastner Brophy Racing & Roy Woods Racing names, and sponsored by Carling Black Label Beer, Goodyear, Champion and others.
He was also involved with the design, manufacturing and sale of performance components and systems such as; engine high performance parts, suspension parts, turbocharger systems, brakes, and aerodynamic improvement of body parts and design.