The 2023 Kastner Cup is coming to Road America. The Kastner Cup will be the featured marque of the 2023 WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman. One of the largest vintage race car gatherings in the United States, featuring over 50 classes of cars racing in several groups, The WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman will return on July 13-16, 2023. A mid-summer classic including everything from a special Concours on Friday and Saturday along the streets of Elkhart Lake and a special Triumph sports car racer reunion makes the 2023 event a can’t miss spectacle for any racing enthusiast.
The 2022 Kastner Cup was held at the Historics at PittRace, in conjunction with the 40th annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, America’s longest running vintage street race. Thirty six Triumph powered cars took the green flag and raced for the glory. The race was won by Christian Marx who flew in from Germany to drive the TR8 owned by Peter Bulkowski. Finishing second was Sam Halkius in a TR6, and Joe Carr rounded out the podium in the Huffaker TR8. The Kastner Cup was awarded to Henry Frye, who finished 4th in a TR250.
HISTORIC RACING AT ITS BEST
2023 will mark the 21st running of the Kastner Cup. The race will celebrate the 70th year of Triumph sports car in competition. The Kastner Cup was named in recognition of the career accomplishment and legacy of R.W. “Kas” Kastner who passed away on April 11, 2021 at the age of 92. Kas Kastner was one of the most influential individuals responsible for the racing success of Triumph sports cars from the late 1950’s through 1970 and beyond. To this day, his series of Competition Preparation Manuals are a must read for competitors in Triumph sports cars. Later in his career, Kastner directed the Nissan IMSA GTP team that won the manufacturers’ championship three years in a row and the drivers’ championship four years in a row; a remarkable achievement.
More about Kas Kastner – http://kaskastner.com
Thursday & Friday, July 13th – 14th
KASTNER CUP RACE
Saturday, July 15th
Sunday, July 16th
ABOUT THE KASTNER CUP
The Kastner Cup has become a major event on the vintage racing calendar for British car fans. The race is held at a different track each year to provide Triumph racers across the country a chance to compete for the Cup. Open to race prepared Triumph powered cars, the Kastner Cup is awarded to one competitor based on the following criteria:
- 50% for the competitive results on the race track during the event (not necessarily the winner)
- 25% for the presentation of the car
- 25% for the attitude and interest in Vintage racing
FRIENDS OF TRIUMPH
The Kastner Cup is organized by members of the Friends of Triumph (FOT). FOT is a group of vintage racers dedicated to preserving the racing heritage of the Triumph marque. Campaigning these automobiles on the track is at the essence of why FOT was organized.
JOE ALEXANDER, 2023 GRAND MARSHALL
Joe Alexander was first exposed to British Sports Cars in 1955, when a returning serviceman / cousin acquired an Austin-Healey 100-4. Upon graduating from the University of Northern Iowa, Joe acquired an MG-TD which was followed by a series of British Sportscars with a Triumph TR4A making an appearance in 1969.
From that time forward, Triumphs were Joes sports car of choice. Joe started racing in 1992 after a number of years involvement with club activities with the Northeast Iowa Sports Car Club and SCCA’s Golden Triangle Region, with involvement in Rallies, auto crosses and as a corner worker at various SCCA events in the Midwest.
Racing started when Joe and son Sean prepared their 1962 TR4 for vintage racing. His racing activities continued for more than 30 years and included sons Sean, Mark, along with grandson Brendan, still using their original TR4 in vintage events across the country.
In 1997 with the help of friends, Joe created the Friends of Triumph internet group for the purpose of creating a worldwide community of Triumph racing enthusiasts who could help each other and share best practices. This group grew to over 350 participants. After retiring from Deere & Company, Joe started Alexander Racing Enterprises to produce replacement and performance parts for Classic Sports Cars which grew to become a global distributor and includes 3 generations of family members in its operation and management.
In 2002 in partnership with Kas Kastner following the 50th Anniversary of Triumphs in Competition at Mid-Ohio, The Kastner Cup Series was created with the first race all Triumph race held at the historic Mosport track in 2003. During the following years, the Kastner Cup Race became a major vintage race held at historic tracks around the country.
Joe Alexander was inducted into the British Sports Car Hall of Fame in 2018.
2021 KASTNER CUP RACE HIGHLIGHTS
The 2021 Kastner Cup was awarded to Jeff Quick of Kent Washington. Mr. Quick drove his beautiful 1967 TR4A. He was also awarded the Peggy Kastner Performance Award in the TR4 and TR4A Class.