John Morrison’s HARDDRIVERS….

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I wanted to be a racing driver, so I tried. Not quite fulfilling ambitions, but nevertheless 30+ seasons culminating with BRDC Membership. Plus a life on the showroom floor. 60 extraordinary years of simply GREAT automobiles … & management & travel & personalities & far corners & spice! Book’s written. Gone blogging now. Join in …

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SIESMIC IMPRESSIONS

THE FIRST SHAKEDOWN OF THE NEW NICHOLS N1A PRODUCTION PROTOTYPE Date was 6th September 2023. Venue, the full Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone. The BRDC Members closed track day; the first day out for John Minett’s beautiful new open two-seater, the Nichols N1a. With...

NICHOLS CARS LIMITED

John Morrison - Director of Sales SEE - 31st October - GOODWOOD REVERED Etc ... 50 years on ... & 8th October - Bicester Heritage final Scramble of the year! 16th - 17th Watergate Bay Sprint, Cornwall Images courtesy of Matthew Pople SHAKEDOWN - 7th September BRDC...

In touches of Genius 2 – Steve Nichols

“Having headed the design team at McLaren during arguably their most successful period ever, I’m a McLaren man through and through. With the Nichols N1A I’ve gone back to the very first McLaren for inspiration, combining lots of classic lines with modern engineering...

In touches of Genius 1 – Peter Lyons

I am always moved by folk I meet who do stuff to a degree which is just the finest ... I think of a pure fine artists. I mean deeply profoundly .... moved. Fine art I think of as being provided by minds so creative, intelligent, naturally talented and capable of...

MY PORSCHE – 1978 to 1993

This one marque was pretty much the back bone of my working career, dates as above. Worked for 4 major UK retail motor distributorships during this time that each featured Porsche heavily. A time also of good personal growth from a good junior racer coming to the...

JOHN GREASLEY’S G-FORCE MOTORSPORTS

Lately, we've collected more and more images from John Greasley's G-Force Motorsport programmes. I'd like to include a connection here to the pages on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/824718751277165 The arrival of the ex works ex Labre Porsche GT1 in the UK,...

MY SCRAPBOOK – Navigation & Content

If you can make head or tail of how to navigate this scrapbook, you're doing a better job than I. But basically, if you on the right you get a smattering of subjects and pages. Click on this or any of 60 or so incomplete pages, or go the the 'Blog' page for the last...

MY TIME – in touches of genius

At this time of life, it seems right to look back on the order in which moments & events were assembled. Today’s views are coloured by what experiences we have absorbed over the years. Over & above adding to a scrap book, sooner or later, I will try to put...

MY SUPERVEE YEARS & the Formula Vee Association UK

1973 to 1976 Perhaps these were my most formative years as a reasonably serious on-track competitor. I see so little record of what went on in the UK as part of Volkswagen GB's motorsport history about this time. So this will bore the pants off you! Of course, again...

STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS … you bet!

Four in the morning, crapped out, yawning, longing my life away ... I never worry, why should I ... it's all going to fade .... now I sit by my window & watch the cars, I fear I'll do some damage one fine day, but I would not be convicted by a jury of my peers....

BUGATTI VEYRON

BUGATTI VEYRON https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWOVRufI1i0 In 2004, my bosses in the Lancaster family, at H R Owen Bentley in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, Central London, instructed me to contact Bugatti, go and visit them, and work out how we could do business with...

MY BUGATTI …

"John, there's half a chance we get at a new franchise for the Group. It's a bit specialist; could be right up your street though. If you're up to take a look, I'll pass your name to the MD. Go & take stock and let me know what you think ... I mean don't waste...

2023 NICHOLS HARDDRIVERS – SILVERSTONE

Prelim memory - as a young aspiring racer I had no particular target as far as racing was concerned. I'd go as far as my talent would take me. Everyone naturally wanted to get into Formula One Grand Prix, that's where the fame & fortune lay & the F1 cars about...

POUR L’ETERNITE

I sense all media is stumbling - how to define our temporary custodianships ...Bugatti's V16 Tourbillon at Goodwood, complete unique icons both, but - here, now.And will be, long after we are -yep, pour L'Eternite ...

More Tourbillon magic …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PClxnRzIE4g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PClxnRzIE4g

THE BUGATTI TOURBILLON: AN AUTOMOTIVE ICON ‘POUR L’ÉTERNITÉ’

In 2004, the reborn Bugatti brand transformed the world of automotive performance and luxury with a 1,001 hp hyper sports car: the Veyron. The first road car with more than 1,000 hp was succeeded in 2016 by another engineering feat so ambitious it reset all...

DRIVING & RACING IN THE RAIN

Unmissable stuff from The Intercoolers Steven Sutcliffe https://www.the-intercooler.com/library/features/how-to-drive-in-the-wet/ John Morrison's HardDrivers  The Intercooler's Steve Sutliffe : "It’s easy to just drive somewhere – to start at point A and arrive at...

The Science of Supercars

Very proud - notified our book written with Martin Roach, Neil Waterman in 2018, launched by David Coulthard with Adrian Newey in London that year - The Science of Supercars - has sold over 27,350 copies world-wide. Take a bow Gentlemen ... dead chuffed! (as at March...