Prior to Formula One World ChampionshipEdit
Shadow Racing started life as AVS (Advanced Vehicle Systems) in 1968. They decided to build cars for the CanAm series, and despite the corporate name, the cars were called "Shadows". Built in southern California, the first Shadow (the Mark I) had a seven liter V8 stuffed into a chassis not much larger than a go kart. The car made its debut in the 1970 season, where it was often blindingly fast, but the shoestring budget meant that the chassis was unsorted, and had a number of mechanical problems. They also had issues with scrutineering, when they tried to place the radiator within the rear wing, but the stewards kept ruling that was a violation.
The team was back in 1971 with the Mark II. This was more of a conventional chassis, with the radiators in normal locations, just ahead of the rear wheels. They did spend some time in a wind tunnel, resulting in a very aerodynamic chassis, and an adjustable front wing between the front wheels. But the team was not able to spend much time sorting the car, and the best that they could manage were a few top 5 finishes.
During this season, the team did find a primary sponsor in Universal Oil Products (UOP), a pioneer in catalytic converters and lead-free petroleum products. One of the selling points to the sponsor was a planned move into Formula One. This arrangement would last through the 1975 season, when the UOP management decided that the sponsorship deal was no longer providing benefits.
Formula One World ChampionshipEdit
Peter Revson (1974)Edit
Peter Revson was killed during a test session for the 1974 South African Grand Prix. Revson's car suffered a front suspension failure causing the car to crash into the Armco barrier of "Barbecue Bend".
Revson was then replaced by Tom Pryce.
Tom Pryce (1977)Edit
Tom Pryce was killed on lap 21 of the 1977 South African Grand Prix. After the car of Renzo Zorzi caught fire in the final turn, two fire marshals were crossing the track. Pryce was driving directly behind Hans Joachim Stuck and did not see the marshals on the track. Pryce struck the second marshal, killing himself and the marshal. The 40lb fire extinguisher that the marshal was carrying struck Pryce's head, partially decapitating him.
Pryce's car traveled down the straight away. It came to a rest in Crowthorne corner, after colliding with Jacques Laffite at extremely high speeds.
|Founder and owner||Don Nichols|
|Team Principal||Alan Rees|
|Driver||Elio de Angelis|
Formula One RecordEdit
|1968 - 1972||Advanced Vehicle Systems|
|1973 - 1980||Shadow Racing Cars|
|Year||Entrant||Engine||Tyre||Drivers||Rounds||WCC Pts||WCC Pos||Test drivers||Report|
List of race winsEdit
|1||1977 Austrian Grand Prix||Alan Jones|
|Distance Raced||43 695 km|
|Distance Led||335 km|
Complete Formula One ResultsEdit
- Main article: Shadow Racing Cars/Results