Tyrrell 001 will be the star of the Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting at the end of August, returning to the track for the first time since its race debut there 33 years ago.
In August 1970 Jackie Stewart gave 001 its first race outing in the non-championship Gold Cup F1 event after it had been constructed in virtual secrecy. The brand-new car suffered teething troubles in qualifying and so Stewart only drove 001 in anger for the first time when he started the first heat from the back of the grid. Having set a new lap record, he later retired with engine failure, but Ken Tyrrell’s brave new venture had instantly demonstrated its potential.
The car, which is still owned by the Tyrrell family, will be driven by American John Delane in the FORCE Classic Grand Prix Car race as the circuit celebrates its 50th anniversary over the weekend of August 24/25.
As well as the FORCE race, the event will also include HGPCA F1 and sportscar races, a round of the BRDC Historic Sports Car series and a full support-race package from the HSCC, which is running the meeting.