This week we welcome heralded creator/author/editor/photographer Pete Lyons to the ClassicCars.com Journal Podcast.
Lyons is amongst probably the most achieved journalists within the motorsports world. He has lined all the pieces on 4 wheels throughout six a long time and is the creator of 12 books. His work has been honored with the Dean Batchelor Award of the Motor Press Guild, an award for journalism given by the Highway Racing Driver’s Membership, and the Worldwide Motor Press Affiliation’s Ken Purdy Award
At age 80, he has accomplished his newest ebook, Shadow: the Magnificent Machines of a Man of Mystery: Can-Am – Formula 1 – F5000 from Evro Publishing. He and his spouse Lorna spent in complete some eight lengthy days with “Shadowman” Don Nichols in his Salinas, California, store – a nondescript dirt-floor warehouse that held treasures of his profession.
The podcast talks on the Shadow matter however dives deep into Lyon’s profession. Impressed by his photographer father, Ozzie, Lyons was on-hand for among the biggest moments within the racing world going again to the 1950s as a wide-eyed boy at such tracks as Bridgehamption, Watkins Glen, Lime Rock, Sebring and Marlboro. His profession alternative was one pushed by ardour.
He even met his spouse, Lorna, by way of the racing scene as she labored for IMSA in its beginnings. She is now “the boss,” as Lyons affectionately explains. The 2 have been inseparable at occasions everywhere in the world.
The interview is a uncommon deal with for the host as properly. My father, T. Richard Stahler – a promoter and PR man going again to the Can-Am days – and Pete Lyons have identified one another from the daybreak of their careers, and I’ve been a longtime fan and buddy and depend Pete as one of many inspirations of my very own profession alternative as a motoring scribe.
The ebook itself is superb – however the tales behind the ebook give the reader a “fly-on-the-wall” perspective as to Lyons strategies and motivation in coaxing recollections from the aged Nichols, which made for such an incredible story.