A Pair Of Formula 1 Cult Heroes Reunited At The Goodwood

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ex-Tom Pryce Shadow DN5 at Goodwood Festival of Speed

ex-Tom Pryce Shadow DN5 at Goodwood Festival of Speed

A pair of Formula 1 cult heroes, Jean-Pierre Jarier and the Shadow DN5, will be reunited for the first time in 40 years at the Goodwood 73rd Members’ Meeting on March 21-22 this year.

Jarier will drive the most famous Shadow of them all - DN5 chassis 1A - as part of a high-speed demonstration of ‘high-airbox’ F1 cars of the mid-1970s that brings more than 25 vehicles from an era of the sport in which relative freedom in technical regulations led to some of the most iconic car designs ever seen in grand prix racing.

Against expectations, Frenchman Jarier put ‘1A’ on pole position for the Argentinian Grand Prix that opened the 1975 F1 season, and the following race in Brazil. Technical problems prevented him starting the former race, while more gremlins put him out in Brazil after he had led convincingly.

The car, which took a best finish of fourth at the Spanish GP later that year, was badly damaged in a high-speed crash in Monaco, but was painstakingly restored in time to return to racing at last year’s Monaco Grand Prix Historique.

Jarier, now 68, came to prominence by winning the European Formula 2 crown in 1973 and, after a 12-year spell in F1, went on to race touring and GT cars. He has also been a stunt driver in several Hollywood films, including renowned Robert de Niro thriller ‘Ronin’.

Joining the Shadow on track will be some sensational cars of the era, including Niki Lauda’s 1975 title-winning Ferrari 312T, Lotus 72s raced in period by Emerson Fittipaldi and Ronnie Peterson, and March, Tyrrell and McLaren machinery campaigned by, respectively, Peterson, Patrick Depailler and James Hunt.

Rarities such as the world’s only Amon AF101, as raced by Chris Amon in 1974, the unique Shadow DN7-Matra raced only by Jarier, and the Token RJ02 in which Wales’ greatest motor racing hero, Tom Pryce, made his F1 debut, will also take part.

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