Before We Lose Track
THE NAME of Shadow is a comparative newcomer to Formula One, these cars being the products of Nichols Advanced Vehicle Systems Inc., the engineering firm run by American Don Nichols. Sponsored by Universal Oil Products the Nichols team came to Europe in 1973, setting up a base in Northampton on the Weedon Road Industrial Estate, employing Tony Southgate (ex-Gurney Eagle and BRiv1) as chief designer and Alan Rees as General Manager. One of UOP’s activities is the production of lead-free petrol and the Shadow’s Cosworth V8 engines run on this fuel.
The UOP-Shadow team have been participating in Formula One and Can-Am racing, the DN1, DN3 and DN5 series of cars being Fl single-seaters, Cosworth V8 powered, and the DN2 and DN4 series of cars are Chevrolet V8 powered Can-Am cars. In only their third season of Formula One this American team are very competitive and have been prolific at building cars, and scrapping them, only one Shadow being sold to an outside team.
DNI /IA—New for South African OP 1973. Driven by J. Oliver. Crashed in Belgian GP at Zolder and subsequently scrapped.
DNI /2A—New for South African GP 1973. Driven by G. Follmer. 3rd Spanish GP. Crashed in practice Monaco GP. Scrapped.
DN1/3A—New for Spanish GP 1973 for Graham Hill’s Embassy team. Built outside the factory from parts supplied. Used by Hill all season and then made into Show Car for Embassy cigarette firm. DN1/4A—New for Monaco GP 1973 for J. Oliver. Crashed in Dutch GI’ at Zandvoort. Rebuilt. Raced at end of season by B. Redman. Complete
car retained at Northampton factory.
DN /5A—New for Swedish GP 1973 for G. Follmer. Crashed and rebuilt. Used for rest of season. Complete car retained at AVS factory in Chicago.
DN1/6A—New for Dutch GP 1973 for J. Oliver. Used for rest of season. 3rd Canadian GP. Sold to J-P. Jarier for private collection.
DN1/7A—New November 1971 for test purposes. Driven by J-P. Jarier in Argentine GP 1974. Crashed. Monocoque complete stolen in Brazil!
DN3/I A—New 1974. Scrapped after testing accident in South Africa. P. Revson lost his life.
DN3/2A—New 1974. Raced all season by J-P. Jarier. Dismantled 1975.
Retained at Northampton factory.
DN3/3A—New 1974. Raced by B. Redman and T. Pryce. Used in South America 1975. Dismantled and retained at Northampton factory.
DN3/4A—New 1974 as spare car for team. Raced by T. Pryce and crashed in practice for Austrian GP. Scrapped.
DN3/5A—New 1974 for British GP. Driven by T. l’ryce for rest of season. Complete car retained at Northampton factory.
DN5/1A—New December 1974 for testing at l’aul Ricard. Team car for J-P. Jarier for 1975. DN5/2A—New for South African GP 1975 for T. Pryce. 1st Race of Cham
pions. Team car for 1975. DNS/3A—New 1975. Spare car for team. DNS/4A—New car in course of construction. DN5/5A—New car due mid-summer.