R.W. "Kas" Kastner
The Nissan Days
17th Annual K-Cup (2019)
18th Annual K-Cup (2020)
In 2019 the Kastner Cup was held at Buttonwillow in California. This was a very special year seeing two historic Triumphs racing each other for the first time: the TR250K, designed and built by Peter Brock and Kas Kastner in 1968 against the recently restored Huffaker TR8. The race was close with the rest of the field including many more historic Triumph powered race cars.
This is video from Ken Knight taken by the camera mounted inside his fast TR-4 at the 17th Annual Kastner Cup Race held on May 4, 2019 at Buttonwillow Raceway. Fasten your seatbelt.
Course 13cw. Tony Drews, Triumph TR-4 in-car video. "Good battle with Jerry Barker and Kevin Ayers. 12 lap race cut short to 6 laps due to full course black flag, no time to get restarted since at end of race day. I start 8th, finish 5th."
Kastner Cup - Saturday Practice - VARA British Extravaganza - Triumph Spitfire #72 - Brad Eells.
Live video recorded of the Kastner Cup trophy awards gathering, courtesy of Shawn Frank, North American Triumphs
Live video recorded of the finishers group photo gathering, courtesy of Shawn Frank, North American Triumphs
On the grid, live video recorded courtesy of Shawn Frank, North American Triumphs
Dave Hogye: This is during the VARA British Extravaganza at Buttonwillow Raceway, Friday practice session, May 3, 2019. The weather was hot and right side tires are on painted curbing under full power. This was my first spin. I was lucky to not hit anything. I looked to my left and the TR6 was close to my door, so I floored the throttle to get out of the way.
Kas at the trophy table, Buttonwillow Raceway, May 3, 2019
Peggy Kastner Class Awards
Kas & PeggyKen Knight presents a hand painted oil painting to Kas Kastner in tribute of our Queen of Triumphs, Peggy Kastner who was very missed by all. Photo courtesy of Shawn Frank, North American Triumphs
Brad Eells, '69 SpitfireKas shaking the hand of racer Brad Eells of Chino, California in his #72 1969 Spitfire MK-3 just before the race starts. Photo courtesy of Shawn Frank, North American Triumphs
Past Kastner Cup WinnersLeft to right: Mordy Dunst (2009), John Wilkins (2004), Chuck Gee (2007), Brian Howlett (2019), Kas Kastner, Tony Garmey (2008), Jerry Barker (2011 and 2016), and Ken Knight (2013). Photo courtesy of Shawn Frank, North American Triumphs