Peter Bulkowski Triumph TR8 ran some limited races in 1980 to 1982.
||Body, frame and suspension and wheels came from Bob Tullius Group 44 shop in Virginia.||Full cage attached to all suspension points, fiberglass air dam, front and rear fenders, hood, trunk lid, rear 7" roof spoiler and rear bumper. Roof and both front doors are made of steel.
|Front suspension and brakes
||Front struts with threaded tubes 2.5" Carrera springs and shocks, adjustable camber plates, modified front sub frame with adjustable lower A-arms and antiroll bar. Front 12" vented rotors with ATE calipers.|
||Modified 9" Ford axle, adjustable upper control rods, center mounted al adjustable Z-bar, 2,5" Carrera springs, Bilstein shocks, 10" rear rotors with ATE calipers. Brake control Tilton dual master cylinder.
||3,5L Triumph block and head with oversize valves and crane springs. Crane camshaft, solid cane lifters, adjustable custom Crane pushrods, Aries pistons, balanced crankshaft, lighted steel flywheel, Triumph intake manifold, 650CFM Holley 4 pumper carburetor Dual pump Accel. Distributor with cable drive Tach with tell neddel Triumph Headers 4 in to 2 duals.||Moroso dry sump system, 3 stage pump, 4,0 gal Aluminium Peterson tank, all Airquip lines, Dual oil filters, Moroso air filter.
Carter fuel pump, 25 gal, ATE fuel cell.
The car was constructed in 1979 in order to run the Trans Am and IMSA championships. story and photos by andrew ross
Having grown up just a stone's throw from Nürburgring, and counting Mercedes-Benz as his only employer, you might think that Peter Bulkowski would be enamoured of Germany's considerable sports car past. But it is the sight and, mostly, the sound of the British sports car that causes his heart to skip a beat, even to this day.
He remembers clearly the early years at the 'Ring when it was the British marques like BRM, Cooper, MG and Lotus that were the exotics, sprinkled into fields of Porsches.The cars that came from across the English Channel looked and sounded altogether different, so when his work brought him to Canada, it was in a series of MGs that he made his mark. His three F Production championships brought him to the attention of Jaguar/ Rover/Triumph, and whenTriumph Canada was after some strong efforts for its TR8 in 1979, Bulkowski was on their list.
"Those were the days when the factories really supported the grassroots. We could get anything we wanted. If we needed an engine, all we had to do was ask," remembers Bulkowski.The car quickly became notable as the "Canadian Group 44 car." Shortly after taking delivery, Bulkowski and teammate Bruce Kulczyk ventured to BobTullius's Group 44 shop in Virginia. Tullius's operation had received two cars and had made extensive modifications. Bulkowski remembers how he felt when he was allowed access to their work.
"They let us measure everything," says Bulkowski, who still has trouble keeping a smile from his face over the memory. In the end, the complete body, frame, sus-
pension, and wheels reflected that Group 44 visit. During the next five years, Bulkowski and a number of other co-drivers campaigned the car in IMSA,Trans-Am,
and endurance races throughout Canada and the U.S., nailing a number of top-five finishes.
But, by 1984, Bulkowski, now with a family and with many of years of racing behind him, lost interest.