The Kastner Cup is a vintage Triumph Race that is staged once per year. It was founded by 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.
The Kastner Cup was first awarded at Mosport Canada in 2003 and then each year after at a different track around the US. It has been to many famous tracks such as Portland Intl. Raceway, Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca, Road America, Button Willow, Eagle Canyon and Summit Point. An effort is made to each year to arrange a locality that will give Triumph racers in various sections of the country a chance to compete for the Cup.
The same driver cannot win the cup in successive years. The award is based on 50% for the competitive results on the race track during the event (not necessarily the winner), 25% for the presentation of the car, and 25% for the attitude and interest in Vintage racing.
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. The Pittsburgh International Race Complex 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, its a unique street race that winds through a city park and golf course – vintage racing like it was in the late 50’s, hay bales and all.
Kas Kastner is geared up to race in Pittsburgh saying “it is an honor to bring together these great cars and their drivers each year. 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 hale 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
2018 PVGP Historics
The 2018 Kastner Cup will be contested at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Historics at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Beaver, PA on the July 6-8 weekend. Triumphs will run within their respective race groups with other sports cars throughout the weekend and the Kastner Cup will be a dedicated 40 minute race on Saturday, July 7 at approximately 4:00 pm.
The PVGP Historics started in 2004 and have grown over the past decade into a vintage race event that stands alone. Pittsburgh International Race Complex is the ideal venue for racing Triumphs. This purpose-built track, 40 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.Pittsburgh International Race Complex expanded the track in 2015, adding a 1.2 miles that stretches the entire circuit out to 2.8 heart pounding miles.
There will be a special Triumph paddock at PIRC and tent located on the lawn behind the lower garage. More details to follow.
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. Any Triump racer enetring 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.
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix has a mission is to produce a world-class vintage racing event in order to raise funds that help provide residential care, treatment and support individuals with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Pittsburgh region through the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School. Both of these charities play a key role in our success, supplying volunteers at all of our events.
Candy’s Rides are held Saturday and Sunday at lunch break during our Historic Races at Pitt-Race. Our very generous drivers volunteer to take spectators for track rides for donations that go to the PVGP charities. These laps are the full 2.8 mile circuit. $25 per lap or $60 for ride in a GT40 or Shelby Cobra. All Triumph racers are welcome to participate and help raise funds for our charities.
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.