R.W. "Kas" Kastner
The Nissan Days
17th Annual K-Cup (2019)
18th Annual K-Cup (2020)
Motorsports Hall of Fame, 2003Kas and Geoff Brabham on stage at the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2003 when Geoff was inducted. In the background is the original Nissan GTP Geoff drove in 1988 winning 8 races in a row.
Miami Grand PrixWinning the Miami Grand Prix with the Nissan GTP car, Geoff Brabham driving. Photo by Hal Crocker.
Nissan GTPStudio photo of the Nissan GTP car for advertising.
Group C Sports Car, NPTIThis is the Group C sports car that was designed, built and developed at Nissan Performance Technology in Vista, California. The designer Trevor Harris is shown on the far left. I am standing next to Trevor, then the head of Motorsports in Japan, and some of his engineers who came to see the final product. The car was powered by a Nissan-built V-12 engine that never really came to the top of the power needed and the car was never raced.
The P-35 was tested several times, including Daytona, where laps of 1:37 seconds were recorded. Those laps were faster than anything else at the time. The car was built for the Japanese to use in their International Competition, but the cars were sent to Japan for the Nissan Motorsports Museum and the project totally cancelled. Nissan curtailed almost all of the motor activities for financial reasons and shortly thereafter closed the NPTI facility laying off over 225 employees and leading to my retirement in 1995.
NPTITwo of the six buildings on six acres which comprised the NPTI facility at Vista, California. The building in front is where the engineering staff and the company wind tunnel was located.
Brrr...Racing at the Topeka Kansas Raceway was not always a barrel of laughs with the Nissan GTP car when the temperature fell to 35 degrees F!
LagunaKas working at Laguna during the Nissan days.
Laguana Seca GTP Races, 1987Laguana Seca GTP races 1987. On the left Don Devendorf, Kas, and driver David Hobbs who filled in for E. Forbes Robinson who was hurt the weekend before at Riverside during a horrendous crash at turn one when the right rear Bridgestone tire blew out at about 160 mph.
Kas Kastner, 1986Nissan racing in about 1986 first year with Nissan to run their Motorsports Department. Interesting time to say the least.