SHADOW The magnificent machines of a man of mystery
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by Pete Lyons
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.’
- 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.
- Publication is timed to coincide with Shadow’s 50th anniversary in 2020.
- Big, beautiful and packed with facts and anecdotes, the book is lavishly illustrated with period and recent photography.
Publication: July 2020
UK price: £75.00
Page extent: 448
Illustration: over 500 photos, many in colour
In 1970 Pete Lyons, then a journalist reporting on North America’s famed ‘no-rules’ Can-Am series, covered Shadow’s début race. Three seasons later, now following Formula 1 worldwide, he attended Shadow’s first Grand Prix and witnessed the team’s progress through four seasons. Lyons’s continuing career has included prestigious positions with publications such as Autosport, AutoWeek, Car and Driver, Road & Track and Vintage Motorsport, and he also served as staff editor of the monthly RACECAR. Among 15 books published to date, his Can-Am (1995) was a bestseller and earned one of his two Dean Batchelor awards from the Motor Press Guild for Excellence in Journalism. Most recently, his Lotus 72 (Evro, 2019) has been very well received.
“Oh, oh, oh! More than any other book – even Doug Nye’s still-awaited volumes on the 3-litre H16 and V12 BRMs – this is the one I’ve always wanted to read. The real, unadulterated inside story of my all-time favourite race team.
“It’s so appropriate that the wonderful narrative in this long-awaited tome is written in Pete Lyons’ inimitable style, which I so remember from the early years of my love affair with F1. And not just because of those memories, but because Pete was there when Shadow ran in both F1 and the CanAm, where the story really started, and later in Formula 5000. And because he knew Don Nichols, that most mysterious of men, very well and succeeded in getting him to open up on so many key aspects of the story….
“Photographically the book is just as much a tour de force, with superb reproduction of hundreds of rarely seen black and white and colour images…
“For sure, this is one of the most outstanding books of 2020, and one of Lyons’ all-time best.”
David Tremayne, GrandPrix+