2018 Kastner Cup at Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

The 2018 Kastner Cup will be contested at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Historics at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Beaver, Pa., July 6-8.

2018 Kastner Cup at Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

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 all-Triumph race July 7 at approximately 4 p.m.

Founded by R. W. “Kas” Kastner, the Kastner Cup is awarded to one Triumph competitor each year.

The Cup has been contested at well-known tracks across the United States, including Portland International Raceway, Road Atlanta, Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca, Road America, Buttonwillow, Eagle Canyon, and this year at Blackhawk Farms Raceway.

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.

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 1.2 mile that stretches the entire circuit out to 2.8 heart pounding miles.

PVGP Historics

The Kastner Cup is awarded to one Triumph Competitor each 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 the last race at Summit Point in Virginia. 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.
Michael Carnell
Editor at Just British

Michael Carnell is the editor and founder of the Just British Online Motoring Magazine. As a lifelong British car fan, he has owned or driven British cars of all ages from Austins and MGs to Jaguars and Triumphs. He currently owns a 1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100, a 1977 MGB, a 1978 Triumph Spitfire, and a 2002 Land Rover Discovery.


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  1. Great article. Having seen these two in action on the track and knowing the history of Kas Kastners team against That of Bob Tullius’s group 44 adds all the more excitement to see these cars against each other.
    We did an unveil of a tribute Macau build with Kas in 2015 at Summit Point raceway and witnessed these on the track. What a show!

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