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*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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F1 nicknames
JYS
Stewart was often called JYS. Have you ever wonder why?
His full name is John Young Stewart. That's why!
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Cars that raced in the 1956 season.

After a tragic year for motorsport in previous year and total dominance of Mercedes, 1956 would seem more balanced. The withdraw of Mercedes-Benz at the end of 1955 triggered a changing of the Formula 1 order for 1956. Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss signed for Ferrari and Maserati respectively. BRM, now owned by Owen Racing Organisation, returned with Mike Hawthorn as lead driver, while Bugatti made an one-off appearance at the French GP.

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Bugatti T251.
On-and-off rumours of the return of Bugatti to Grand Prix racing had circulated on occasion over the past few years but finally something solid came from the French company. News from Molsheim announced that the T251, powered by a straight-8 engine installed behind the driver and mounted transversely, would appear mid-season. The designer was Giacchino Colombo, the man behind the Alfa Romeo 158 and Ferrari 125, and despite a limited budget due to the company's recent struggles the comeback was already highly anticipated by the French press.
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BRM P25.
BRM had spent well over a year on the P25, the 2.5l successor to the ill-fated supercharged P15. The car had made a promising first start at Oulton Park, though there was clearly some work to do. However, there was a feeling all concerned had learnt lessons from the V16 debacle. The concern was now solely bankrolled by industrialist Arthur Owen (the only remaining member of the original consortium), though Raymond Mays still headed the technical side of the operation.
In terms of drivers, Mike Hawthorn had been tempted to sign up again with a British concern despite his disappointing time with Vanwall. Joining him would be Tony Brooks (after his sensational win in Syracuse) and Ron Flockhart, who had often handed the V16 car in Libre races.
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Connaught B-Type.
Despite good performances from the B Type Connaught – including the famous win at Syracuse – finances continued to be a problem for the British concern ran by Rodney Clarke and Mike Oliver.
As such while the Alta-engined car remained available to privateers in both streamlined and open-wheel configurations the factory team had no intention of contesting events outside the United Kingdom.
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Vanwall
Vanwall's season had been one of ups and downs, though an encouraging second half pointed to a good future for Tony Vandervell's outfit.
The ever-improving Harry Schell remained as team leader after winning two non-championship races for the team, while the experienced and consistent Maurice Trintignant was signed to drive the second car.
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Gordini T32.
Financial concerns continued to Gordini, who spend most of 1955 simply trying to survive, facing considerable domestic press for their efforts. While the new straight-8 Gordini T32 car had debuted in the summer of 1955, development had proved slow and the car was still far from competitive.
Budgetary concerns meant the aging T16 was likely to still be fielded alongside the new car. Robert Manzon, Hernando da Silva Ramos and André Pilette all still remained on the driving strength.
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Maserati 250F.
Maserati had again promised more than they delivered in 1955. The 250F continued to be a fast car but results, especially in F1 events, had once again been difficult to find. The arrival of Stirling Moss as team leader seemed likely to help, with Jean Behra agreeing to step down to number two driver to accommodate the Englishman. The team would also now be overseen by former Ferrari manager Nello Ugolini.
No other regular drivers were announced, the popular Roberto Mieres having retired back to Argentina, though the factory expected to field four cars for each major race - with the other two entered to guests or drivers from the factory's sportscar teams. The 250F also continued to be the machine of choice for many privateers, including Ecurie Rosier, Horace Gould and Gilby Engineering.
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Ferrari Lancia D50.
1956 would see a thoroughly revamped Ferrari team after a difficult 1955 had seen them take just one lucky win. The acquisition of Lancia's innovative D50 gave the team a first-class car to take some of the pressure off the struggling 555 Super Squalo, not to mention the car's designer Vittorio Jano to oversee development.
Behind the wheel only Eugenio Castellotti was retained from the previous year. Leading the team would be reigning champion Juan Manuel Fangio - the Argentine triple champion had considered retiring when Mercedes withdrew, but a substantial offer from Ferrari helped him decide to continue. Luigi Musso meanwhile had been tempted across from Maserati while the 25 years old ex-HWM, Vanwall and BRM driver Peter Collins was given his big chance as the team's fourth regular driver.
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1956 Season
Mercedes announced their widely-predicted withdrawal after two dominant years at the end of 1955. Less expected was their decision to not only stop competing in F1 but to also end their sportscar program and thus remove themselves from all motorsport. While it was not the only factor in the decision to withdraw, the Le Mans disaster had certainly contributed to the German company's decision. This meant that the two leading drivers in the sport, Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss, would be looking for new teams for 1956 – the 44 years-old Argentine triple champion had considered retiring when Mercedes withdrew.
Many of the events cancelled in previous year returned to the calendar, including rounds at Reims and Nürburgring. However, organizational problems meant there would be no Dutch GP at Zandvoort while Swiss authorities remained adamant that the ban on circuit racing in the country would stay in place, meaning Bremgarten joined the Spanish circuit at Pedralbes in disuse. The only other change to the eight-event calendar was the return of the British Grand Prix to Silverstone, the RAC having decided the Northamptonshire track would alternate with Aintree as host.
Championship points were awarded in followed basis:
1st – 8 points
2nd – 6 points
3rd – 4 points
4th – 3 points
5th – 2 points
Fastest Lap – 1 point.
Only the best five results counted towards the Championship. Points for shared drivers were divided equally.
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Happy 84th Birthday to Giorgio Bassi, (*1934), Italian racing driver, f1: GP Italy 1965,
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