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Vintage Motorsport Newsletter 4/7/2016 by Scott and Cyndi Paceley

 

 

Race Report From the Love Memorial Races and the Kastner Cup   

Sonoma, CA -- Two-time national championship winner Jerry Barker is now a two-time Kastner Cup winner after racing his "Herald from Hell" to the podium. With only a few hours to spare before Sunday's flag race, Jerry completely replaced a broken engine in a competitor's car -- coincidentally, it was Jerry's own backup race car, piloted by his son, Jerry Barker Jr.

36 Triumph powered entrants made for close racing in the Kastner Cup Race.             (photo: Brad Eells)

Triumph racers traveled far and wide to fill out the largest run-group in CSRG's David Love Memorial Races. One racer began his journey by nearly getting stuck in a Canadian snowdrift before finally arriving in California's wine country. Others came from as far as Iowa, Colorado and New Mexico. SoCal's own "E-Ticket Triumphs" showed up in force with their TR4s, 3s, and Spitfires.

Triumph racer and Kastner Cup winner Jerry Barker (left) with Kas Kastner                 (photo: Brad Eells)

People who race Triumphs are a special breed who will not think twice about shaking your hand if it's dirty with oil and grease, or give you their crank-pulley, even if it means removing the front part of your busted TR3 for an hour just to get to it. The Triumph marque attracts a brotherhood of friendly, helpful enthusiasts who are kind-hearted in the paddock and fiercely quick on the track. One such racer, former Kastner Cup winner Ken Knight, allowed Steve Belfer to race his insanely fast TR4 on Sunday after Steve's TR3 blew a motor during Saturday's qualifying race. 

 

With thrilling racing moves, cool cars and great people, the Kastner Cup was as good as racing can get.  For more info, visit: www.csrgracing.org 

-- VM appreciates this firsthand report from Triumph racer Steve Belfer.