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Jody Scheckter to drive Tyrrell six-wheeler at CarFest South

Jody Scheckter: It was a very special car, despite the fact that I was not a fan of the theory behind the design
Jody Scheckter will be reunited with the legendary six-wheeler Tyrrell F1 car at CarFest South next month.

The South African recently added the Tyrrell P34 to his collection of cars, which includes the Ferrari 312T4 that took him to the title in 1979, and he will now drive the P34 for the very first time in nearly four decades when the three-day event, hosted by BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans and raising funds for BBC Children in Need, returns to his Laverstoke Park Farm from August 23-25.

“It was a very special car, despite the fact that I was not a fan of the theory behind the design,” said Scheckter. “The Tyrrell fascinates a lot of people – it is legendary.”

The radical Tyrrell P34 featured not two conventional, but four much smaller front wheels designed to give additional grip and downforce – a concept since outlawed by the F1 rule makers.

Its golden moment came at the Swedish Grand Prix in June 1976 where Scheckter took pole position and then made history by becoming the only driver ever to win a Grand Prix in a six-wheeled car.

Although that was the only win for the P34, in total Scheckter scored no fewer than ten top six finishes' in the car from just 12 starts.

“Although it did not perform as well as the engineers expected, I came third in the World Championships that year, so it really was part of my journey to the top of F1,” Scheckter added.

“The last time I drove it was in 1976, so it will certainly bring back some wonderful memories when I drive it at CarFest.”

Tickets for CarFest South, which features an 'amazing line-up of the world's finest road and racing cars as well as a mouth-watering selection of fabulous festival food, great family entertainment for all ages plus live music from top bands including Texas, Keane, Ocean Colour Scene, Jools Holland and Amy Macdonald', are sold out. However, a limited number of Friday tickets are still available for CarFest North, which is being held at Oulton Park, Cheshire on August 2-4.

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Jody Scheckter at CarFest South in 2012
Jody Scheckter (ZA), Elf Team Tyrrell P34, leads Chris Amon (NZ), Team Ensign N176, Belgian Grand Prix, Zolder, Belgium, 16/05/1976
Jody Scheckter (RSA) 1979 Ferrari 312 T4
Sunday, Jody Scheckter , Ex F1 driver
Jody Scheckter (RSA) 1979 Ferrari 312 T4
Jody Scheckter (RSA) 1979 Ferrari 312 T4
Jody Scheckter (RSA) 1979 Ferrari 312 T4
Jody Scheckter en route to winning the 1976 Swedish GP [Pic credit: LAT]
Jody Scheckter will be reunited with the history making six-wheeler Tyrrell at CarFest South

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