Six-wheeled F1 car to be part of a live pa­rade at Alexan­dra Palace

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

The sight and sound of a six-wheeled For­mula 1 car run­ning in North Lon­don will be a high­light of this week­end’s Clas­sic & Sports Car Show.

For the first time, live pa­rades will be staged along Alexan­dra Palace’s South Ter­race on each day of the three-day show and will be capped by the amaz­ing spec­ta­cle of the six-wheeled Tyrrell P34 from 1976.

The pa­rades will run along the South Ter­race in front of the Lon­don land­mark. Along with the Tyrrell, themed col­lec­tions of clas­sic cars will also take part in the runs on Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day.

The Cos­worth Dfv-pow­ered Tyrrell that will run at Alexan­dra Palace is chas­sis num­ber six, which was a spare for Ron­nie Peter­son and Pa­trick De­pailler in 1977, the P34’s fi­nal sea­son be­fore the team re­turned to a four-wheeled car for 1978. The model was the only six-wheeled F1 to ever race in a grand prix. Pre­pared by rac­ing spe­cial­ist Hall & Hall, P34/6 has been a reg­u­lar and suc­cess­ful con­tender in his­toric F1 rac­ing over the last 20 years.

The car, which fea­tured two pairs of 10-inch wheels at the front, proved to be a se­ri­ous project when Jody Scheck­ter won the 1976 Swedish Grand Prix on his way to third in the World Cham­pi­onship.

James El­liott, Group Ed­i­tor, Clas­sic & Sports Car mag­a­zine, said: “This is some­thing to re­ally get ex­cited about. To see in ac­tion such a fa­mous F1 car – and hear that mag­nif­i­cent three-litre DFV – will make it an un­miss­able event.”

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