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Scalextric Tyrrell P34 Swedish Grand Prix 1976
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The C4084A Tyrrell P34 Swedish GP 1976 Twin Pack was certainly one of the highlights of the 2020 Scalextric catalogue - and it is arriving with UK retailers now, RRP £85.99.

       

A limited edition of 3,000 units, the twin pack is the best seller on the Scalextric website this month. I had a close look at it when the 2020 range was unveiled in January...

   

The cars of Jody Scheckter and Patrick Depailler come in the usual Limited Edition Legends box with a numbered card. The cars themselves are beautifully detailed...

       

The significance of the 1976 Swedish Grand Prix is it's the only Formula One World Championship race to have been won by a six-wheel car. The Tyrrell 'Project 34' was a truly revolutionary design and raced successfully in 1976 and 1977. Designed by Derek Gardner, the aim was to give the car better aerodynamic flow over the front wheels. The four ten-inch wheels gave a similar contact patch to a pair of standard wheels and tyres. Although the car performed well on fast, smooth tracks, the tiny Goodyear tyres struggled with grip on more bumpy road surfaces.

Jody Scheckter hated the car, describing it as "a piece of junk". Teammate Patrick Depailler was much more of a fan, qualifying the P34 third on the grid at its debut in Spain. A brake failure led to him crashing out of the race, the small brake discs tending to overheat. However, the following month - and just two weeks after a double-podium at Monaco - Scheckter and Depailler finished 1-2 at Anderstorp...



       

Ten podiums in thirteen races during 1976 - and third in both the drivers' and constructors' championships - was a fantastic achievement for the new car. However, some minor rule changes and a lack of tyre development by Goodyear meant a dip in fortunes. Depailler was joined by Ronnie Peterson for 1977 and the P34s were plagued by retirements, managing only eight finishes in the points - although four of those were podiums. Depailler's ended the season with a second in Canada and third in Japan, but Fuji would be the final race for the P34.

   

I am sure we will see some more 1976 and some 1977 liveries from Scalextric on the P34. If you do want a 1977 P34 now, I looked at Pendle kit with 3D chassis and Policar motor pod here: https://slotracer.online/community/showt...p?tid=1052
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