John Nicholson (racing driver)

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John Nicholson
John Nicholson (racing driver).jpg
Born(1941-10-06)6 October 1941
Auckland, New Zealand
Died19 September 2017(2017-09-19) (aged 75)
Clarks Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityNew Zealand New Zealander
Active years19741975
Entries2 (1 start)
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1974 British Grand Prix
Last entry1975 British Grand Prix

John Nicholson (6 October 1941 – 19 September 2017[1]) was a racing driver from Auckland, New Zealand. He participated in two Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 20 July 1974. He scored no championship points.

Nicholson was the 1973 and 1974 British Formula Atlantic champion, using a Lyncar chassis[2] and in his 'day job' was an engine-builder for McLaren. Nicholson also worked for Cosworth, Lotus and Embassy Hill, and he prepared a Saab engine for use in a Reynard Formula Three car.[3]

Following his Formula Atlantic success, Nicholson commissioned Martin Slater of Lyncar to build him a Formula One car,[2] despite, by this time, having established his own engine building business, which meant he was unable to commit to a full grand prix season.[4] His race entries, therefore, were mainly in non-championship races. He entered the British Grand Prix in 1974 and 1975 and qualified for the latter race.[2] He was classified 17th, five laps behind, despite crashing in the heavy storm towards the end of the race.[4] Nicholson subsequently planned a further and stronger attempt at Formula One with a privateer McLaren M23 but the purchase of the chassis fell through.[4] He did continue in both Formula Two and Formula 5000 in 1976 [4] before racing in his native New Zealand in January 1977.[4]

After retiring from racing, Nicholson turned his sporting attention to powerboat racing as well as continuing with his business interests.[4]

He died in 2017 at the age of 75.[5]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 WDC Points
1974 Pinch (Plant) Ltd. Lyncar 006 Cosworth V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE NED FRA GBR
1975 Pinch (Plant) Ltd. Lyncar 006 Cosworth V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP MON BEL SWE NED FRA GBR


  1. ^ Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers – Where are they now?". Retrieved 29 July 2007.
  2. ^ a b c "CONSTRUCTORS: LYNCAR". Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Brefs" [In brief]. Echappement (in French). Paris, France: Michael Hommell (198): 23. April 1985.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 269. ISBN 0851127029.
  5. ^ Cooper, Adam (20 September 2017). "Obituary: John Nicholson, 1941–2017". Retrieved 27 September 2017.