It's doubtful many people at Brands Hatch in July 1972 recognised the lanky, bearded American darting around the paddock. Don Nichols was there on a reconnoitre mission, and before the year was out, he would announce plans for his Shadow team to enter Formula 1 after two seasons of Can-Am in North America.
The trip was made at the suggestion of one of his drivers, Jackie Oliver. Tony Southgate, who would go on to design the first Shadow F1 car and every subsequent chassis up to the 1978 DN8, reckons that Oliver was the catalyst for the American team's expansion.
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