Grand Prix Race Tribute, The Legends Speak

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An interactive panel discussion with selected racing legends of the Glen. This year: TBA
For a quick overview, here is a small pictorial sample of a previous year's event.

Lafayette Park, 4th St., Watkins Glen.

Time: 3:00pm

Cost: No Cost

The Speakers:
Legends speakers are all experts about this car and will enjoy sharing their insights with you, so join us at Lafayette Park on Fourth Street, at 3 p.m.

  • John Macartney, who joined Standard-Triumph in 1965, spending a year and a half at the Standard-Triumph plant in Coventry. He then moved to the company's only showroom in London's Mayfair district where, because of his foreign language skills, he sold Triumphs to overseas visitors and members of London-based overseas embassies. In 1970, he became personal assistant to Sir Donald Stokes, Leyland's CEO. Macartney's later career continued in the auto industry and saw him holding progressively higher managerial positions with BMW, Massey Ferguson, International Harvester and finally with GKN plc. In 1990, he founded his own automotive consulting and training business and lectured extensively in aftersales business management techniques in many countries around the world. Some of his corporate clients were Caterpillar, Honda, Mitsubishi and Renault Agriculture, together with many lesser known but substantial dealer groups. Macartney is now retired from active employment, but runs the Macartney Charitable Trust and is busy on the classic car scene in the UK. He writes for a number of major club magazines, runs a 1970 Triumph 2.5PI saloon and arranges old car driving events to raise money for various UK not-for-profit organizations.

  • R.W. "Kas" Kastner, a well-known production car driver in the late 1950s and class champion of the California Sports Car Club in 1959, as well as winner of the championship for the SCCA during that same year. The championships were won driving a 1958 TR3A Triumph. Kastner started the USA Triumph Competition Department for the Triumph factory in the early 1960s. He authored the Triumph Preparation manuals distributed by the Triumph factory in the 1960 - 1972 era of production car racing. He was the chief Instructor for the California Sports Car Club at the Riverside Raceway for several years and also the national licensing chairman for the SCCA. Kastner's experience in the automotive industry spans 50 years, particularly in the field of performance vehicles, racing and racing team management, winning national and international events, with victories in various classes and prototype competitions. He is the past owner/manager of independent companies including Arkay Inc., Kastner-Brophy Inc., Kastner Brophy Racing and Roy Woods Racing, where he was the Formula 5000, Can Am and Indy car team manager. Kastner was the motorsports national manager for Nissan of North America from 1986-90. As vice president, operations, at the Nissan Performance Technology Inc. in Vista, CA, Kastner and his team were responsible for the design, development, construction and racing of the Nissan prototype cars in the International Motorsports Association, IMSA, series. He led the team of Nissan Prototype cars to four consecutive Drivers Championships for Geoff Brabham and three consecutive Manufacturers Championships for Nissan.

  • Robert Johns, who began racing Triumphs in 1954 when he was stationed with the Air Force in Germany. His first was a 1949 MG-TC, which he entered all the club events. In his next Triumph, a 1954 TR2, he was able to run local races on the famed Nürburgring. In early '56, with a later TR2, with improved brakes and went to the Swiss Auto Racing Club driving school at Monza, Italy. With this improved car, and added experience, Johns set the local club record on the Nürburgring for 1956. On Armed Forces Day in 1956, he ran races on two of the U.S. Air Force bases. He won the class at both races. After he return to the States, Johns competed in SCCA events. Late in 1956, after his discharge, he received a phone call from Allen Bethel, president of Standard-Triumph-USA, offering Johns a place on the Triumph factory team in the only international sports car race held in the USA at that time - the Sebring 12-Hour Endurance Race. Johns co-drove with the late, great, Mike Rothschild in #34. They ended up first in class and 19th overall. After earning a degree in mechanical engineering, he worked as a product design engineer and product engineering Manager for Ford Motor Co., for more than 36 years.

  • Ed Diehl, who also has an extensive racing history. In the early 1960s, he drove a Triumph with Group 44 with Bob Tullius. He drove a SAAB sedan at the Marlboro 12 Hour and other SCCA races in the mid-Atlantic area and Sebring and at the first SCCA Trans Am race at Sebring in 1966. Diehl co-drove a Corvette Grand Sport with George Winterstein at Sebring 12 Hours in 1965. It was the highest placed Grand Sport that ever ran at Sebring. He co-drove with Curtis Turner in a Ford Falcon in the Marlboro 12 Hours, and drove one of the first Quantum Formula S open wheel cars. More recently, Diehl campaigned a Triumph Spitfire in SCCA races in the Southeast. He has been co-driving with Randy Cook in Cook's vintage SAAB for several years at Sebring and Virginia International Raceway.

For more specific information, contact:
Lew Durland at 607-272-6869 ext. 5599 oremail

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