Pointy beard, black cape and toreador hat: Don Nichols didn't exactly conform to team-owner type, even in the fab 'n' far-out decade of '70s Formula 1. The American, who died last August aged 92, was a true-life international man of mystery who created one of the greatest cult teams of motor-racing lore.
The DN1 was the svelte machine that launched Nichols' equally enigmatic Shadow team into F1 in 1973. The chassis shown above is the 3A, sold to Graham Hill as the double champion took his first steps as a team owner/driver under the Embassy tobacco banner.
The two works cars, run in Shadow's trademark plain black, established their credentials as a force to be reckoned with, and two podiums in their debut year seemed a decent return. But it was a slog of a season and a deflating precedent that would linger throughout Shadow's eight-year spell in the top flight.