Anniversary Celebration: Tyrrell-Ford

One of the jewels in FMM’s collection is the Tyrrell-Ford 007 that took part in the 1974 Formula 1 Championship driven by South Africa’s Jody Scheckter. It is Chassis No.1, and the following year was raced locally by Jody’s older brother, Ian. Mike Monk reveals the 50-year-old car’s racing record…


The Tyrrell 007 is an F1 racing car designed by Tyrrell‘s Chief Designer, Derek Gardner. It was used in the 197419751976 and 1977 Formula One seasons. The engine is a naturally-aspirated 2 993 cc 90-deg V8 Ford-Cosworth DFV coupled with a Hewland FG400 five-speed manual gearbox. Front suspension comprised double wishbones, rocker arms and inboard coil-spring-over-damper units. Rear suspension was double wishbones and coil-spring-over-damper units. Front track was 1 590 mm, rear 1 575 mm and the wheelbase 2 591 mm. The monocoque chassis weighed 625 kg

In the first three races of 1974, (ArgentinaBrazil and South Africa), Tyrrell used the earlier 005 and 006 chassis. The Elf Team Tyrrell 007 made its debut at the Spanish Grand Prix, while team-mate Patrick Depailler raced the 006. Jody was allocated 007/1 and was immediately highly competitive. Both drivers had an 007 for the next race, the Belgian GP.

Jody’s F1 Grand Prix race record in 1974 with 007/1 is as follows:

April 28                      Spain                          5th

May 12                       Belgium                      3rd

May 26                       Monaco                      2nd

June 9                        Sweden                     1st

June 23                      Dutch                          5th

July 7                          France                        4th

July 20                       Great Britain             1st

August 4                    Germany                    2nd

August 18                  Austria                        retired, 8 laps, engine failure

September 8             Italy                             3rd


On September 22 at the Canadian GP, 007/1 was the team’s ‘T’ car. On October 6 at the United States GP, the car was used only in practice. Jody raced another chassis at these events. In 1974, the Elf Team Tyrrell team scored 52 World Championship points – four points were scored by the 005 and the 007 scored 48 points, earning them third place in the Constructors’ Championship standings. Jody finished third in the Driver’s Championship, scoring 45 points.

As a quick aside, an interesting anecdote from Jody’s autobiography. “The Belgian Grand Prix at Nivelles should have seen us on pole position. According to every reliable stopwatch in the stadium, mine was the only car to beat one minute eleven seconds., but the official timekeepers  somehow got Clay Regazzoni’s Ferrari over a second quicker than me. Even the Ferrari team were embarrassed, and appealed to the officials to amend their time. The Belgians weren’t buying it though, so I started from the outside of the front row.” Jody finished third, passing Regazzoni on the last lap…

The following year the car was sold to Lexington Racing for Jody’s elder brother, Ian, to race in the SA Championship. Ian’s race record in 1975 with 007/1 is as follows;

February 8                 Cape South Easter, Killarney         retired lap 13, spin

March 1                      South African GP, Kyalami             retired lap 55, accident

March 22                   Goldfields 100, Welkom                  1st

March 29                   Mercury 100, Hesketh, PMB          1st

May 3                         Winter Trophy, Brandkop               1st

May 31                       Republic Trophy, Kyalami              1st

July 5                          False Bay 100, Killarney                 5th

July 26                       Rand Winter Trophy, Kyalami        1st

September 1             Natal Spring Trophy, PMB             retired lap 7, driveshaft

October 4                  Rand Spring Trophy, Kyalami        1st


Ian finished second in the Driver’s Championship with 63 points, five points behind champion Dave Charlton.

The car was entered for Ian in the 1976 South African GP, but he crashed on the opening lap.

So it is clear to see that Tyrrell 007/1 has a proud history, recording a top five place in all but one of ten races in the 1974 Formula 1 Championship, and a top five place (including six wins) in all but two of nine races in the 1975 South African Championship.


Resplendent in its distinctive blue Elf Team Tyrrell livery carrying Jody’s 1974 season race number 3, 007/1 is on display in Hall D.