Hispano-Suiza Riding on Six Wheels

by | Jan 7, 2019

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

Update: During 2019, I will be increasing the number of blog posts from twice a week to three times, with new posts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. In addition, my how-to photography website/blog will be experimenting with vlogs this year and I also hope to bring some video to this blog/site during the new year as well.

The Tyrrell P34 commonly aka the “six-wheeler” was a Formula One race car that was designed by chief designer Derek Gardner and raced in 1978. The car used four specially manufactured 10-inch-diameter wheels and tires at the front and two standard-sized wheels at the back; on those front wheels the P34 used disc brakes from a Mini Cooper. The six-wheeled Tyrrell was considered one of the most radical entries to ever 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, albeit with the wheels in a slightly different configuration as you can see below.

Hispano-Suiza was a Spanish automotive and engineering firm that was best 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. That prices translates into $515,867 in today’s dollars.

How I made this shot: I shot the above photograph in Denver’s Forney Museum of Transportation in order to show the extreme length of the car and give some taste of the ambiance of the Forney itself. Shot 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 Photoshop using Color Efex Pro.

  • The Forney Museum of Transportation
  • 4303 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
  • Monday-Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm
  • Adults…………..$11.00
    Children under 3.Free



Along with photographer Barry Staver, Joe is co-author of Better Available Light Digital Photography that’s out-of-print but new copies are available for $21.88 or used copies for giveaway prices—less than four bucks—from Amazon, as I write this.