This Is The Story Of Jaguar’s Awesome Group 44 XJS
The name Bob Tullius may not be familiar to younger readers, at least not yet. Ahead of his appearance this year as the grand marshall for the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s 2016 Spring Vintage Classic in Sebring, Florida, I thought it would be a good idea to dig up some period footage to hopefully spark some interest in Tullius’ Group 44 race cars.
Scoring hundreds of victories as both team owner and driver across Trans-Am, SCCA, IMSA, and Le Mans, Tullius’ race team Group 44 literally wrote the book on how to operate a race team as a business. From gleaming facilities to crisp uniforms and flawless preparation, Group 44 is still held as an example of how to run a successful racing operation.
In 1978, however, a film crew descended on Brock Yates’ look at Group 44 and Jaguar, calling the mini-documentary Two Of A Kind. The result is an epic less-than-25 minute look at how one of the world’s best race teams at the time went about its business. As you’d expect, Yates and Tullius are fun to watch onscreen as well—so what are you waiting for?