The Tyrrell P34 commonly known as the “six-wheeler,” was a Formula One race car designed by Tyrrell’s chief designer Derek Gardner. The car used four specially manufactured 10-inch-diameter wheels and tires at the front with two standard-sized wheels at the back—it used disc brakes from a Mini Cooper on those front wheels. The six-wheeled Tyrrell was considered to be one of the most radical entries to succeed in F1 competition and was one the most recognizable design in the history of world motorsports. And while that was in 1978, Hispano-Suiza did it first—in 1924.
Hispano-Suiza was a Spanish automotive and engineering firm known for its luxury cars but the above car, a 1924 Victoria town car, was built in the company’s French factory and cost $35,000 at the time. I shot this photograph in Denver’s Forney Museum of Transportation to show the extreme length of the car and give some taste of the ambiance of the Forney. Shot in color with Canon EOS 60D and Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens (at 18mm) with an exposure of 1/40 sec at f/2.8 and ISO 800. It was then processed in Color Efex Pro.