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#1 Rupertlt1

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Posted 06 September 2021 - 08:24

Who wrote this unattributed article?


Looking back on our first season in the very competi-

tive world of Formula 1, we find that "learning by doing"

is a slow, but essential, ingredient in the new formula for

progress and eventual success.

Since many of you may not be aware of the nitty-

gritty details, let's take a quick glance back at 1973 for

the UOP Shadow.

Since new kids on the block are not readily accepted

one of the first problems we encountered was one of hav-

ing to ship our cars to South America without the benefit

of support from the Constructors Association. Skip

South America and test at Paul Ricard. On the way to

South Africa the plane develops engine problems, and the

cars arrive several days late for the planned testing sess-

ions. Then the hot South African sun soaks into the

black coachwork and softens it up enough to cause

Oliver's car to shed its skin at speed. Tony Southgate

(designer of the UOP Shadow) commented that we would

have never learned this "in ten years of testing in England

....too bloody cold there". Next the great Cosworth

vibration will cause the engine mountings to pull loose

from the bulkhead and the instruments to vibrate to bits.

After reinforcement of both cars, George Follmer finishes

6th in the first race for both the car and the driver, to

earn one well deserved point in the standings. George ran

sixth again in a snowstorm at the non-championship race

at Silverstone and then strong third at Spain, while

"Pitty Patty" won on a flat tire and Peterson's gear box

packed up. At Belgium, Jackie got involved in the

Formula 1 "junkyard" that was to account for five or six

cars on the outside of one turn alone! This crash began a

long string of totaled and damaged cars that really set us

back with having to build new cars just to make the next

race, let alone find time to test. At Monaco, Merzario

helped George write off his car in the last five minutes of

Saturday qualifying, and at Sweden a brake fitting failed

on George's car, sending him into a catch fence and a post

that had not been sawed half through as it should have

been. At the British GP, George got caught up in the

Sheckter (sic) aftermath, and Jackie hit Lauda on the start.

The Italian GP marked the first time that both cars finish-

ed, and the Canadian was a real highlight in our first seas-

on, as both qualified well, and Jackie drove an inspired

race (the first time a UOP Shadow had seen "P1" on the

pit board) to lead the race and finish a close third behind


A final 1973 season recount shows the UOP team with

two thirds, two sixths, one eighth and three tenths.

1974. Good new for the UOP team and American

racing fans alike, as Peter revson has signed as "number

one" for the '74 F1 season. The personable Revson brings

experience, dedication and talent to the UOP effort. The

second driver has not been named as of this writing.

The '74 Shadow will be finished by the time this story

is in print. The Tony Southgate designed car is all new

but similar in appearance to and evolved from refinements

on the '73 car. The new car will feature an all new

monocoque with a longer wheelbase, the driver in a more

forward position, a narrower more sleek profile and

numerous mechanical improvements and innovations.

With a year's experience behind the team, the addition

of Revson and a new car developed from the lessons learn-

ed last year, we are optimistic and looking forward to a

great season for America's only Formula One team.

FORMULA magazine, December 1973, Vol. 1, no. 3, Pages 12, 19.


Keyword: Scheckter




#2 arttidesco

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Posted 06 September 2021 - 20:50

Shadow came along just as my interest in Motorsport was turning into an obsession and I followed the teams progress with keen interest. Not only did the F1 cars look great but the DN2 and DN4 can am cars looked out of this world. One of my early spectating high lights was seeing Tom win the '75 Race of Champions.

#3 ensign14

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Posted 06 September 2021 - 21:44

Could have been Pete Lyons - he was embedded within Shadow in 1974 and wrote a book about the experience.

#4 john aston

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Posted 07 September 2021 - 06:04

I don't think it is Pete Lyons- the style is  more staid than his , but it has clearly been written by an American - ''outside of" , "totalled" . And it's a press release from the team  itself , clearly , and Pete  was Autosport F1 reporter .   Did Shadow have a PR guy or was that all Don's department?  

#5 SKL

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Posted 07 September 2021 - 18:58

No idea who wrote it, but an interesting read!  Just saw George at the Laguna Seca historic races and he looked pretty good!  Was in a panel discussion about Trans Am with Rufus and Tommy Kendal...

#6 Tom Glowacki

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Posted 07 September 2021 - 21:39

Probably you know this, but the article was unattributed in the magazine.  Maybe this site can help you with the possible authors:  http://www.formulamagazine.net/

#7 Bikr7549

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Posted 07 September 2021 - 22:24

That is a great find Tom, thanks.

#8 MCS

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Posted 10 September 2021 - 09:07

Probably you know this, but the article was unattributed in the magazine.  Maybe this site can help you with the possible authors:  http://www.formulamagazine.net/

Great link, Tom.  Very much looking forward to having a read this weekend.  :up: