Don Nichols created the most successful American F1 race team, competing in 66 events over 5 seasons. The team won the 1977 Austrian GP. Prior, the team won the 1974-5 CanAm Championship.
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Shadow Racing Cars was a Formula One and sports car racing team, founded and initially based in the United States although later Formula One operations were run from Britain.
The company was founded by Don Nichols in 1971 as Advance Vehicle Systems; the cars were called Shadows, designed by Trevor Harris and entered under the Shadow Racing Inc. banner. The first Shadow, the Mk.I, was entered in the CanAm series with George Follmer and Vic Elford driving them. The Mk.1 featured an innovative design, using very small wheels for low drag and although the car was quick, it was not the most reliable car in the field
Towards the end of 1972, Nichols announced that he was entering his team into Formula One with UOP sponsored cars designed by Tony Southgate, who had designed the BRM that gave Jean-Pierre Beltoise victory at the Monaco Grand Prix the previous year.
The new DN5 made the pole driven by Jean-Pierre Jarier in the two first Grand Prix the 1975 season but had mechanical failure in both races. The DN5 and most other Shadow Formula One cars used Ford Cosworth DFV engines, which produced around 490 bhp. However, later in 1975,another car was driven by Jarier, the DN7, and it was fitted with a Matra V-12 engine producing around 550 bhp. As one can imagine, the wheelbase was substantially lengthened to accommodate the much larger and more expensive French powerplant, although due to budgetary issues, the Matra-powered DN7 was doomed as a one-off. Jarier's new teammate, Tom Pryce, showed his talent by winning the non-championship Race of Champions that same year. Pryce however, died in a freak accident at the 1977 South African Grand Prix.
Stephen saw your email about the Shadow book I have a large collection of digital pictures from all Shadows some I have bought the negs of and prints some I have taken over the years you be welcome to use any that are not copyrighted as I did pull many from the web. I am also in the printing industry and know what resolution is needed for print.
Thanks Mike B
The Group here is very switched on to Shadow's history.
You will find a kindred spirit in fellow UK member - http://www.thevrl.com/profile/RogerSpringett
I know Don Nichols and think you're on to a great project !!!!
All the best
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