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...

1996 G-FORCE PORSCHE GT1 – 101 Blue Coral GT1 BRDC British GT1 Champions – 1997 104 Pennzoil GT1

The arrival of the ex works ex Labre Porsche GT1 in the UK, upgraded the whole GT racing scene in the UK. There were already very fast private Listers, McLarens & fighting it out for the international BRDC Privilege Insurance GT1 crown but long time Porsche racer...

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...

Sketch Precis – THE NICHOLS MINETT MINUTIA

The Design Details - from philosophies, fabrication to engineering, fashion & ultimate performance driving ... The thinking behind the shape of the Nichols N1a project & supercar. Steve Nichols - Co founder and Technical Director Nichols Cars Limited John...

SHAKEDOWNS Continue – now, on the road …

RELATIVELY, circuit based shakedown running is a piece of cake. There’s only one parameter that is of interest : your lap time … and that usually put into the care of your tame race driver. His rather blind, one sided view is filled by two major, measurable criteria....

GOODWOOD – REVERED, REMEMBERED, & REVISITED. BIG OCTOBER BIG 50 – A Personal PreView. Saturday 21st Goodwood Motor Circuit

Saturday 21st October - Goodwood Motor Circuit, another wonderful Peter & Margaret Saywell Circuit Driving & Charities Day coming up, so generous - but a special one for a bunch of us … First off, we’re taking our new Steve Nichols/John J Minett designed...

FATE …

Fate whispers to the Warrior, ‘You cannot withstand the storm.’ The Warrior whispers back. ‘I am the storm.'