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The Magnificent Machines of a Man of Mystery

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Author Pete Lyons
ISBN: 9781910505496

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Enigmatic American Don Nichols, D-Day paratrooper, Army counter-intelligence officer and controversial entrepreneur, went on to create a racing marque that seems as cloaked as the man himself. Shadow was the only US-based team to win a Can-Am championship, and one of only three to score a victory in Formula 1. Yet history lavishly celebrates his nominal rivals Dan Gurney and Roger Penske, while Nichols has long remained, yes, a shadowy figure — despite staying the difficult international course far longer, for 11 racing seasons, 1970 to 1980. But at last Pete Lyons, who was there in the day, lifts the veil from this secretive man and the innovative, extraordinary, magnificent racing cars and world-class team he created.’
Winner, Royal Automobile Club Specialist Motoring Book of the Year, 2020 Winner, Royal Automobile Club Specialist Motoring Book of the Year, 2020
Winner, Best Book, Automotive Heritage Awards (USA), 2021 Winner, Best Book, Automotive Heritage Awards (USA), 2021

Key content

• First-ever book revealing the whole story of the iconic ‘black’ Shadows and the Shadowman who made it all happen.

• Coverage of the Can-Am years occupies the book’s first half, starting with the jaw-droppingly radical, low-line car of 1970 and culminating in the championship winner of 1974.

• Formula 1, 1973–80, fills the book’s second half, highlighted by Alan Jones’s 1977 Austrian Grand Prix victory.

• Also included are sections on Shadow’s Formula 5000 and second-generation Can-Am efforts.

• Author Pete Lyons, an award-winning racing journalist and historian, covered Shadow from the team’s very first race in 1970.

• The text is based on the author’s extensive interviews with the late Don Nichols and many other key members of his organisation, including famed drivers George Follmer and Jackie Oliver as well as brilliant car designers Trevor Harris and Tony Southgate.

• Big, beautiful and packed with facts and anecdotes, the book is lavishly illustrated with period and recent photography.

Format: 280x235mm
Page extent: 464
Illustration: over 500 photos, many in colour

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Pete Lyons
Known in Britain primarily for his Autosport reports during the 1960s and 1970s from Formula 1 and North America’s Can-Am, the USA’s veteran motorsports journalist and photographer Pete Lyons has also covered such memorable classics as the Sebring 12 Hours, Le Mans 24 Hours, Indy 500, Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Kenya’s Safari Rally, Mexico’s Baja 1000 and Reno Air races, plus numerous Trans-Am, F5000, ALMS, CART, NASCAR, NHRA, USAC, motorcycle and vintage events.

A former editor of RACECAR magazine, he also has contributed to enthusiast publications including Autosport, AutoWeek, Car and Driver, Cycle, Cycle World, Motor Sport, Private Pilot, Racer, Road & Track, Vintage Racecar and current regular client Vintage Motorsport. The author of 15 books published to date, with more underway, Lyons has won several prestigious honours, including the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award (twice) and the International Motor Press Association’s Ken Purdy Award. In 2011 he gained the International Automotive Media Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Customer Reviews

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David Marsh

Delighted to get a NEW copy of this wonderful out of print book. A thorough and absorbing tome about this little known manufacturer. Perfectly packed and promptly delivered. Thank,you.

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