The Tyrrell 006 was a car model raced by Tyrrell Racing Organisation in 1972-1974. A slightly updated version of the original Tyrrell 005 'Mark II' design, it had a lengthened chassis and wheelbase, and was the first model produced by Tyrrell to have multiple exact copies. All previous cars produced by Tyrrell had minor design variations which sometimes caused problems with repairs. A total of five victories were recorded with 006 cars; with the two wins by the 005 car, the series had seven total wins, all by Jackie Stewart.
History[edit | edit source]
006 was due to be used in the summer of 1972, but a series of development problems with 005 put the construction on hold until 005 was fully sorted, and 006 was not raced until Canada in the hands of François Cevert. Stewart raced 005 until his 006/2 chassis was ready in the spring of 1973, and 005 became the spare. 006 was badly damaged at the 1973 Canadian Grand Prix when Cevert was pushed off the track by Jody Scheckter, so the not-quite-finished 006/3 was hurriedly prepared and flown to Watkins Glen, for use in the USGP by Cevert. Sadly, Cevert was killed in practice in a violent accident, so 006/3 was later broken up for scrap without ever having actually participated in a race.
Stewart, having already clinched the championship, had retired from racing after Cevert's accident, so the team started 1974 with Scheckter and Patrick Depailler as drivers. The team used the only two available cars, 005 and 006/2, until the new 007 model was ready in the spring, all of their previous cars having been sold off.
Present Day[edit | edit source]
005 was sold to a South African driver, who used it in their local series. The car's whereabouts are currently unknown. 006 was later rebuilt and sold to a collector in the UK, who used it for some years in historic racing. 006/2 was sold to Tom Wheatcroft, and displayed in the Donnington Collection. Before Wheatcroft died, he sold the car to Jackie Stewart, who has allowed it to remain on display.
Formula One Results[edit | edit source]
Number of Wins[edit | edit source]
|1||1973 South African Grand Prix||Jackie Stewart|
|2||1973 Belgian Grand Prix||Jackie Stewart|
|3||1973 Monaco Grand Prix||Jackie Stewart|
|4||1973 Dutch Grand Prix||Jackie Stewart|
|5||1973 German Grand Prix||Jackie Stewart|
Complete Formula One Results[edit | edit source]
|Elf Team Tyrrell||François Cevert||Ret||2nd|
|Elf Team Tyrrell||Jackie Stewart||1st||Ret||1st||1st||5th||4th||10th||1st||1st||2nd||4th||5th||WD|
|Elf Team Tyrrell||Jody Scheckter||3||Ret||13th||8th|
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