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#1 Gary C

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Posted 09 January 2001 - 20:04

OK everyone, this is my first thread.
I'm currently nearing the end of a restoration of a 1969 Nike Formula Ford which I bought from Bill Dolson Racing in the States two years ago. Now, I'm in contact with Ken Nicholls of Nike down in Devon, but I have absolutely NO information on the cars or the marque. Can anyone help? I have the Nicholson 'History of Formula Ford' book and Nike get about one and a half paragraghs and a pic. Anyone know anything else about them, or has any literature at all?
Anything would be appreciated.

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#2 cjpani

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Posted 09 January 2001 - 20:10

Gary:
Check this links out:
http://www.retro-rac...oracetrack2.htm
http://www.mclellans...eslit/nike.html
http://www.retro-rac...uk/features.htm
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p.s. Welcome!!!!


#3 Gary C

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Posted 09 January 2001 - 20:21

Hi Cjpani, thanx for those links. Just to let you know, I'm one of the two guys who run the RetroRacing site!

#4 cjpani

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Posted 09 January 2001 - 20:22

lol....
not a deep research from myself....
well; no harm done.

regards,
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#5 Marcel Schot

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Posted 09 January 2001 - 20:29

Welcome Gary. Love your site :)

#6 Gary C

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Posted 09 January 2001 - 20:32

Marcel, thank you indeed

#7 Allen Brown

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Posted 09 January 2001 - 22:03

There's a little bit in the Motor Racing Directory (the first one) p34. I'll scan it for you tomorrow if nobody beats me to it.

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#8 Gary C

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Posted 09 January 2001 - 23:40

that would be brilliant Allen!

#9 Allen Brown

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Posted 10 January 2001 - 22:00

OK, here goes. I haven't tried posting an image before.

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It may be a bit big but I wanted to make sure you didn't have any trouble making out the text.

Here's the URL in case I haven't done it right.

http://www.oldracing...images/nike.jpg

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#10 Gary C

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Posted 11 January 2001 - 01:11

Fantastic Allen, many thanks!
Anything else anyone??

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Posted 25 January 2001 - 22:48

Allen, I've seen the Motor Racing Directory of 1979 and 1981 offered for very little money (3 GBP each). What's the difference, is there a point in ordering both?

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Posted 25 January 2001 - 23:50

I have both and as you say they aren´t too pricey.
The 1981 version is an update of the 1979 so if you would go for one, then that´s the one.
It is interesting to read about the not-yet-so-famous drivers in their infancy.

The information is not identical, and much of it are found elsewhere. But I have enjoyed my both books.

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#13 Allen Brown

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Posted 26 January 2001 - 10:41

Michael

I'd agree with Rainer. There are different features in the 1981 book and some of the details on obscure British series - from Kettlewell's own research - cannot be found elsewhere.

I'd guess they are 80% duplication but, for £6, I'd get both.

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#14 Gary C

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Posted 10 May 2003 - 18:23

Just thought I would ressurect this thread in case any 'newbies' might have any info. With any luck, I'll be out for the first time at Silverstone next Sunday the 18th.

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Posted 11 May 2003 - 12:36

Presume you have a Mk4 , the majority of the dozen or so made making their way across the pond. The 1970 Mk 6 was a redesigned '4 allowing for the use of a Hewland 'box. These were sold Stateside via Jim Baker of Atlanta, Ga. Hence they were also known as "Bakers".

A photo of the Mk 6 appears in Georgano's encyclopaedia (p555) with the Lotus-esque F5000 Mk5 in the background.

#16 Gary C

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Posted 11 May 2003 - 12:59

actually Bill, my car is designated a 'Mk4/6' (I have chassis no.6), is there any chance you could scan that page from the Georgano book for me??

#17 Allen Brown

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Posted 11 May 2003 - 19:15

Originally posted by bill moffat
Presume you have a Mk4 , the majority of the dozen or so made making their way across the pond. The 1970 Mk 6 was a redesigned '4 allowing for the use of a Hewland 'box. These were sold Stateside via Jim Baker of Atlanta, Ga. Hence they were also known as "Bakers".

A photo of the Mk 6 appears in Georgano's encyclopaedia (p555) with the Lotus-esque F5000 Mk5 in the background.

Caldwell used the name 'Nike' in the US as well (I think he kept renaming his cars because they didn't exactly have a good reputation). His F5000 Nike Mk 1A appeared just once, Laguna Seca 4 May 1969, finishing 10th, four laps down

Compared with the UK Nike Mk 5, this was major success! The poor Mk 5 was one of the most unsuccessful F5000 ever built. It appeared four times in 1970, failed to start three times and retired on the first laps of its only start. I don't have any further record of it - not even a hill climb.

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 09:47

Strange coincidences department. I was looking through the first edition of the Motor Racing Directory last night, came accross the Nike section, started thinking about a couple of things and now I go and find a scan of it on this thread.

Firstly, the Nike mk 10. I remember an immaculate dark blue one being driven rapidly, and with a quite a few wins to its credit, by John Simpson. This was in the mid-70s and mainly oop north, but I remember been taken with the novelty of the thing (there weren't many Nikes about) and the fact that it was a very nice looking and obviously competitive car so I was surprised that we didn't see more of them.

Secondly, this intriguing mk 8 monocoque car with a rotary engine, for use on the hills. Can anyone tell me more - one for Steve W perhaps?

#19 Gary C

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 09:59

Blimey!! :clap: My first ever thread on TNF, resurrected after six years!!!

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#20 ian senior

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 10:05

Originally posted by Gary C
Blimey!! :clap: My first ever thread on TNF, resurrected after six years!!!


I only did it for you, Gary, no other motive!

#21 Allen Brown

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 10:18

Originally posted by Gary C
Blimey!! :clap: My first ever thread on TNF, resurrected after six years!!!

And apparently the first time I ever posted an image on TNF as well. How time flies!

#22 Gary C

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 10:30

Thank you, Ian! :lol:

#23 Ralf Pickel

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 14:26

Hi, I hope that this might help...
The picture is the Nike MK8, raced by Ray Davis in various events during the season ( I meet him at hillclimbs in Italy every year ). The picture was taken at Valsaviore Classic hillclimb last July.

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#24 Ralf Pickel

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 14:32

Another one after the finish line :
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But, as you will notice, no more rotary engine on board !

#25 ian senior

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 14:54

Well, isn't that marvellous. Thanks Ralf! Shame about the engine, though.

#26 Mallory Dan

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 16:29

Ray Davis' Nike has really got me going........

#27 Gary C

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 16:30

I think Ray raced the car with the HSCC about 3 times in 2001...............haven't seen him since.

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 16:31

Originally posted by Mallory Dan
Ray Davis' Nike has really got me going........


Funny...he more often sang about Lolas....

#29 Ralf Pickel

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 16:35

I have to say - it is one of the best looking Formula cars I have seen - and Ray looks the part at demonstration events ( as they are officially called in Italy - means no timing but full throttle nevertheless ) with blue racesuit, open faced helmet with balaclava and goggles.
As for the engine change - I remember Ray telling me the story - but ( shame ) I do not remember. It is all written on the board in front of the car in the paddock photo, though.
I will ask him about the story, but you might have to wait until June/ Italy !!!

#30 Gary C

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 17:41

Ralf, go to these pages on my website for a look at my car :

http://www.users.glo...e_pix/index.htm

http://www.users.glo..._2001/index.htm

http://www.users.glo..._2002/index.htm

http://www.users.glo..._2003/index.htm

http://www.users.glo..._2003/index.htm

all the best!

#31 neotrack

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 12:21

Is there a regstery to know how many Nike's (or Baker's) are still up and running today?



#32 Gary C

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 14:15

not that I've ever heard of.