John Nicholson


I was very shocked to hear that John Nicholson passed away today. For those that do not know him he was the Nicholson in Nicholson McLaren probably the foremost DFV builder of his day and beyond. Like many Kiwis, John was an extraordinary engine builder and he could name many of the top F1 teams as his customer at the height of DFV dominance. He was quite an accomplished racer too and made at least one F1 start as I recall.

He was only 75 and still very active which is why I was a bit shocked to be honest. Anyway, as a bit of an 'engine' man myself, he was one of my heroes, although a little unsung. I would bet he was extremely well known in his native country though eh Jac?