The periphery of popular racing lore has long been inhabited by uncelebrated, yet innovative, and talented teams and individuals who have been largely overshadowed by popular and no doubt deserving racing heroes like the Dan Gurneys, Roger Penskes and others who shared the collective motorsports limelight for decades. Such is the focus of renowned racing author Pete Lyons extraordinarily detailed new book “Shadow” The Magnificent Machines of a Man of Mystery, a beautifully produced 468-page volume detailing the life and amazing motor racing stables of Don Nichols; designer, builder and driving force of the Shadow Can Am and Formula 1 racing cars.
Nichols emerged from the post WW II recovery with the solid background of a D-Day paratrooper and Army counter-intelligence officer to launch an entrepreneurial and controversial motor racing team that went against the grain of conventional race car design. In the final tally, Shadow became the only American team to score a Can Am Championship and one of just three to capture a coveted Formula 1 victory. The journey was long, arduous and fraught with setbacks as aptly described in Lyons’ professionally researched book.