VotW – Group 44 with Bob Tullius

We are very happy for our Video of the Week to feature a snapshot of a fantastic video for fans of Triumphs and racing alike. John Clancy at Triumph DVD has put out a new DVD VotW - Group 44 with Bob Tulliusthat brings you the full story of the Group 44 Inc. race team featuring Bob Tullius, his crew and other important people who were there at the time. From their humble TR3 origins to taking Jaguar back to Le Mans in 1984 with the XJR-5 GTP cars, this is the complete, amazing history.

This is the complete history of the Group 44 Inc. race team which was so dominant in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) racing in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. From the origins of the team when Bob Tullius first joined up with fellow racer and first class mechanic Ed Diehl to the fabulous Jaguar V12 GTP race cars with which the team officially took Jaguar back to Le Mans this is the full story up to the team’s closure in 1989.

 

Bob Tullius gives us the full, inside story with no holds barred of those exciting days and he is joined by many of his former colleagues and crew members. Amongst them are Ed Diehl, Paul Brand, Steve Knoll, Bob Krokus, Glen Sullivan, John Lyster, Dick Gilmartin and telling the story of that first meeting at Triumph’s headquarters which led on to such remarkable achievements is Triumph Public Relations and Advertising Manager Mike Cook.

Mike Dale (British Leyland Vice President of Sales & Marketing) was to become a very important figure with regards to using racing as a promotional tool and it was his idea to use Group 44 Inc. to take Jaguar back to Le Mans in 1984. This amazing story led to a resurgence of Jaguar worldwide and Mike is on hand to explain exactly how this came about and more.

This unique documentary is packed with archive film and interviews with the people who were there at the time. It forms an important record of this iconic American race team. Also included are 30 minutes of additional interview sections to delve even deeper into the legend that is Group 44 Inc.

The full DVD can be purchased directly from Triumph DVD or in the US from Alexander Racing Enterprises.

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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