Sonoma Historics: Shadow Boxers


Shadow Racing Cars will be one of the featured Can-Am marques at this weekend’s Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival, presented by General Racing at Sonoma Raceway.  Former team owner Don Nichols, driver George Follmer, and other Can-Am veterans will also host a seminar Saturday morning, discussing a legendary series famous for open rules and lurid, powerful machinery.

Nichols raced Shadow cars in Formula 1, Can-Am and sports cars, with the support of sponsor Universal Oil Products. Nichols was an unconventional character, and the powerful, all-black Shadows were always shrouded in mystery.  They’re still intriguing, witnessed by the steady stream of admirers that engage its current owner in discussion about the good old days.