When the engine is fine...
*6. 10. 1941
†18. 9. 2017
John Barry Nicholson mainly worked as mechanic & engine tuner, but he also used to be a racer.
John was a very good student &
started his racing career at his native New Zealandian. Starting in hillclimbs & little sportscar races. He also took part in the Tasman Cup in 1968 & '69.
In 1969 he went to England, where he started to work as engine specialist at McLaren. He
In 1971 he took part in the British Formula Atlantic championship with a March 70A. In 1972 he changed to Lyncar. It was a good decision, because he was 1973 and 1974 British Formula Atlantic champion. Meanwhile his work at McLaren showed success. After the death of Bruce in 1970 & the following moral low point they returned to the top of f1. But then he started with his own company, tuning DFVs for Embassy Hill, Lotus & others.
John asked Martin Slater of Lyncar, if he could build him a f1 car. And Martin did. John participated in 3 British f1 races of 1975. Best finish was a 6th place. He also started in the rain soaked British GP at Silverstone 1975, after he failed to qualify in the previous year. Like many others he crashed in the wet, but was still classified as 17th. He couldn't do a full F1 seasons due his business.
He planned to buy a McLaren M23, but then he refused. Instead he prepared a March 752 with a Chevrolet engine for Formula 2 in 1976. There was no real success, not even with a BMW engine.
John then tried to find his luck inn the New Zealandian F5000 championship. Until 1977 he did a few races there.
After retiring from car racing, moved to powerboat racing, like his father did. And he success:
1979 - ON British Champion.
1981 - ON British Champion.
1982 - ON British Champion.
1983 - ON British Champion.
But he returned to car racing & took part in 6 World Sportscar Championship races between 1984 & 1987.
Then he continued with his business. In 2017 he passed away.
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