Sunday 24 March 2024

Historic Formula 1 Building to Open its Doors at 81st Members’ Meeting

Goodwood is delighted to announce that an important part of motor racing history, which has been saved from demolition and relocated to the Goodwood Motor Circuit, will be open for an exclusive preview at the 81st Members’ Meeting presented by Audrain Motorsport.

The ‘Tyrrell Shed’ is a 6m x 21m wooden building, whose humble exterior hides a remarkable history. Until 1976 it was home to Tyrrell Racing - one of the most groundbreaking Formula 1 teams of all time. Even after the team moved assembly of its cars into a purpose-built factory next door, the shed continued to serve a function, as a fabrication shop and then for storage. We are thrilled that the building has found a new, permanent home at the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit.

When Ken Tyrrell first established his team in 1958, he set up in an ex-military issue shed in the yard of his family’s timber business. Having competed in lower formulae from 1958-67, with an impressive roll-call of drivers including such future stars as John Surtees and Jacky Ickx, Tyrrell entered Formula 1 in 1968, with an up-and-coming Scottish driver by the name of Jackie Stewart. The rest, as they say, is history. Narrowly missing out on the championship in 1968, Stewart and Tyrrell dominated the 1969 season using Matra chassis. They would go on to win again in 1971 and 1973, by now using Tyrrell chassis, all of which were built in the shed.

And it wasn’t all about Sir Jackie. Francois Cevert, Jody Scheckter, Patrick Depailler and Michele Alboreto all won grands prix for the team, which also launched the careers of the likes of Didier Pironi, Martin Brundle, Stefan Bellof and Jean Alesi.

On two separate occasions, the Tyrrell Shed helped conceal the best-kept secret in Formula 1. First, in 1970, Ken, chief designer Derek Gardner and a small team of mechanics and engineers created Tyrrell 001 - the team’s first chassis of their own manufacture. Then, in 1976, they unveiled P34 - the legendary six-wheeled car. On both occasions, nobody outside the close-knit team had any idea of the cars’ existence.

Having stood in rural Surrey for more than 70 years, the shed (which had originally been intended as a temporary structure!) faced an uncertain future, before Goodwood was approached to save it from demolition. After a careful period of sensitive restoration, it was dismantled and transported from its original location in Ockham Village to the Hurricane Lawn at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, where it is set to open to Members and Fellows of the Goodwood Road Racing Club at the 81st Members’ Meeting in April.

Great care has been taken to retain as much originality as possible, right down to stickers on the walls, creating a tangible sense of ‘the ghosts of the past’. When Ken Tyrrell eventually sold his team in 1998, it became BAR, then Honda, Brawn and finally Mercedes-AMG. Stepping into the building now, it is impossible to imagine that the roots of the all-conquering Mercedes F1 team can be traced to this 126 sq/m wooden shed!

After this sneak peak at the 81st Members’ Meeting, the Tyrrell Shed will be officially opened to the general public at the Goodwood Revival on Sunday 8 September.

Tickets for the 81st Members’ Meeting are exclusively available to Goodwood Road Racing Club Members and Fellows here. Further information about joining the Fellowship, including the host of benefits on offer, is available here.

Top image: Tyrrell Shed at the Goodwood Motor Circuit on Hurricane Lawn - Joseph Harding
2nd image: Ken Tyrrell outside Tyrrell Shed in 1971 - Photo credit to Grand Prix Photo.

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