1979 Triumph TR8 by Grand Prix Classics
- May 20, 2018
- Posted by Marc Enger
Bob Tullius’ Group 44 team was the British Leyland (Jaguar Triumph) factory USA racing effort. They won the Trans Am title with the Jaguar XJS in 1977 and 1978. In 1979 British Leyland backed the Group 44 team in its development and racing program with the Triumph TR8.
Bob Tullius realized the potential of the lightweight, aerodynamic V8 powered TR8 and proved that it was a race winner. In its debut race at the Watkins Glen 6 Hour the TR8 dominated the class against the Corvettes and Camaros and finished 1st in class and 7th overall. It was so successful in SCCA competition that the SCCA continued to give the TR8 added weight penalties. Tullius took the TR8 to the IMSA series where it finished 1st in class and 6th overall at the Sebring 12 Hours. The TR8 continued to dominate the GTO class over the Chevrolet Corvettes and Porsche RSR’s placing second in the IMSA GTO championship. The British Leyland factory backed Group 44 team is one of the most recognizable in motorsports having gone on to race in the GTP category with the Jaguar powered GTP cars. The Triumph TR8 was one of the most successful SCCA and IMSA production based racing cars built. With 8 class wins in the 1979-1980 seasons and second place in the 1980 IMSA GTO points championship.
-7/7/79: 6 Hr Watkins Glen – 7th Overall, 1st in class
-8/5/79: Trans Am Watkins Glen – 4th Overall, 1st in class
-9/2/79: 500 Mile Road America – 6th Overall, 1st in class
-9/23/79: 100 Mile Road Atlanta – 13th Overall, 2nd in class
-10/14/79: Trans Am Laguna Seca – 11th Overall, 1st in class
-3/22/80: 12 Hr Sebring – 6th Overall, 1st in class
-5/4/80: 100 Mile Laguna Seca – 9th Overall, 2nd in class
-5/26/80: 1.5 Hr Lime Rock – 4th Overall, 2nd in class
-7/4/80: 250 Mile Daytona Paul Revere – 6th Overall, 1st in class
-8/17/80: 6 Hr Mosport – 8th Overall, 1st in class
-8/31/80: 500 Mile Road America – 7th Overall, 1st in class
-9/21/80: 50 Mile Road Atlanta 1 – 12 Overall, 2nd in class
-11/30/80: 250 Mile Daytona Finale – 8th Overall, 2nd in class
-3/21/81: 12 Hr Sebring, Group 44 – 10th Overall, 4th in class
Surviving in stunning original race condition as it left the race track at its last race the Sebring 12 Hours. Still with paint, body and mechanics from March 1981. This TR8 stayed with Bob Tullius and the Group 44 team until 2008 when selling to its second owner. Then selling in 2011 to its third owner who undertook a comprehensive restoration. This is an opportunity to acquire one of the most recognizable, successful and original IMSA racing cars of the era. It is eligible to race today in most historic venues and would be a show stopper and race winner once again.
Completely restored by Intrepid Racing in Sparks, Nevada the summer of 2013. Entered in the Quail Concours in Carmel and raced successfully in historic racing events. A full restoration file comes with the car showing a cost close to $200,000.
Complete with a large file of Group 44 spec sheets, notes, records, original period racing photographs and bill of sale from Bob Tullius. Plus the restoration record.
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