Scheckter to pilot Tyrrell six-wheeler for the first time in 40 years

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Former F1 World Champion Jody Scheckter is to drive the Tyrrell P34/6 that he piloted to victory in the 1976 Swedish Grand Prix for the first time in 40 years.

The South African – who won the title for Ferrari in 1979 – will be reunited with the car at CarFest South from 23-25 August, hosted on his own Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire.

Scheckter, who took 10 top six finishes from 12 starts in the P34, said: "It was a very special car, despite the fact that I was not a fan of the theory behind the design.

"The Tyrrell fascinates a lot of people – it is legendary. Although it did not perform as well as the engineers expected, I came third in the World Championship that year, so it really was part of my journey to the top of F1. 

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

Scheckter has now collected many of the most significant cars from his racing career, including the Ferrari 312T4 in which he won the 1979 championship and the P34.

The three-day CarFest events are hosted by petrolhead DJ Chris Evans and raised funds for BBC Children in Need. CarFest South has sold out, but some Friday tickets are available for CarFest North at Oulton Park, Cheshire on 2-4 August.

For more information visit the official Carfest website.

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