1977 Tyrrell P34B - Hommage à Patrick Depailler (Patrick Depailler's Tribute)
About this creation
Patrick Depailler (1944-1980) was a French driver born at Clermont-Ferrand.
At ease on motorcycle, F3, F2, F1, Sportscar, he was one of the most gifted french driver.
In 1970, he won the "Tour de France auto" aboard a Matra MS670 sportscar, teaming up with Jean-Pierre Beltoise.
In 1971 he won the French F3 championship and even wins the F3 Gp of Monaco (World Championship).
The gate of Formula 1 was now wide open and the cooperation with Ken Tyrrell began in 1972 as third driver "wild card" alongside François Cevert and Jackie Stewart.
He became full time driver in 1974, following the tragedy of Watkins Glenn in 1973 that cost life to François Cevert and the departure of Jackie Stewart. The same year, he became European champion of Formula 2.
At the end of 1975, a very exotic project emerged at the Tyrrell Factory: the "project 34", initiated by Derek Gardner who had already created all the Tyrrell cars. Basically, a 6 wheel F1....yes.
Patrick was very enthusiastic since begining about this original and singular project and took in charge a wide part of the developpment.
The Tyrrell Six Wheeler was run in 1976 and 1977. If the first year was promising, the 1977 season was kinda disappointing.
Patrick never won aboard this car but finished 4th in 1976.
His first victory was at Monaco 78 aboard the more conventionnal 4 wheeled Tyrrell 008.
Then Patrick left Tyrrell in 1979 for Ligier. He won in Spain but he broke badly his two legs in a hang gliding accicent.
The season was then over for him.
He came back in 1980 in the Alfa-Romeo team and showed he had not lost his will to go fast.
August 1980, 1st, he lost life during a test session at Hockenheim
If Derek Gardner was the mind behind the 6 wheeler P34, Patrick Depailler has to be seen as the second father of this car.
He seemed to really like the car that would have been an all winner if Good Year hadn't decided to stop 10 inch tyre production.
This moc is a 1:8 scale Tyrrell P34B in monaco configuration (that means 1976 fairing as it was used during several race in th 1977 season).
- 6 WHEELS...of course
- 4 steering wheel, steering system reproduced the same way it workd on the real thing
- Rear suspension (but no front suspension...lack of space).
- V8 Technic engine (my good'ol DFV).
This moc is the most difficult thing i have built with lego bricks. I have tried at least 15 prototypes front end before finding the right way to make it steer correctly. I have early given up the front suspension as no solution i had tried was really convincing: it was too big or not enough accurate with the 4 shocks system of the real P34.
Even without shocks, i spend hours to make it work smouthly, all 4 wheels turning at the same rate/speed without uneven behaviour.
When this work was over, i was pleased with the result :)
And i hope from where he is, Patrick Depailler will see that and find it cool.
J'espère que cette modeste voiture en légo vous plaira, monsieur Depailler. Clin d'oeil du gamin qui s'est assis au volant de votre Ligier JS11 il y a plus de 30 ans.
A moving video tribute by Golgot38 dailymotion user:
Quoting N64 Ninja
While the car design was very unconventional and strange, you have to admit the car is beautiful. (I was going to say ravishingly beautiful but that's someone else's thing)
Yes, the P34 is indeed a beautifull car. Furthermore, it's a kind of fantasy shared by humanity since day 1: to ad limbs to horses or other beings making theme "deities". There is something very "mythologic" in this concept.
It was a coherent design lead by aerodynamism. The moto was to free space at front to allow air maximim air flow to the back of the car.
Whereas wingcars with ground effect skirts or vaccum systems ala Brabham where trying to "suck down" the car, the P34 was to be "pushed" by air on the ground. An interesting concept that would have been a total winner if only goodyear had not torpedoed Tyrrell.
Shame we'll have never seen (and will never see because no prototype had been built) the Tyrrell-Renault 6 wheeler. In 1977, Ken Tyrrell was discussing with the then all new Renault F1 team to obtain a V6 turbo (who was at this time the least reliable thing on earth...until it became the total ruler).
Imagine what kind of king of the roade a Tyrrell P35 Turbo, blue and yellow, would have been!
I was hoping that you'd tackle the 34. Fantastic reproduction with the trademark steering. Well done with that crazy geometry. Amazing that this innovation didn't have more problems and couldn't pull off a win with that much grip. Impressive work on one of the most complex designs. Excellent!