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John Nikas has dedicated his life to British sports cars, which has seen him own and race models from most of the country’s great marques. Born into an Anglophile household, he learned to clean oil spots and diagnose electrical gremlins from a young age, which has served him well in later life. As an accomplished vintage racer, he has collected multiple class championships and special awards from his time behind the wheel of various Austin-Healeys, Jaguars, and Triumphs. The overall champion of the Mille Miglia North America Tribute in an Austin-Healey 100, John’s unlikely victory was featured in a television special that aired on the Bravo Channel. John has authored several books on a number of automotive subjects, including the critically acclaimed Rule Britannia – When British Sports Cars Saved a Nation, not to mention hundreds of articles and columns for various publications and websites. A frequent speaker and panelist at automotive events, he is particularly known for his entertaining opinions on automotive evolution and history, as well as the future of classic cars in the 21st Century.
“Prosperity unbruised cannot withstand but a single blow but a man at constant battle of misfortune develops a skin callused by time such that if he falls he can continue to fight upon one knee.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca 4 BC-65
BOOK WRITING CHALLENGES
Figuring out how to tell the story of Great Britain after the war and how their automotive industry helped save them economically.
FIRST SPECIAL VEHICLE
A 1966 Triumph TR4A
“The difference between an amateur writer and a professional writer is that a professional can write every day.” – Denise McCluggage*
British Sports Car Companion – John Nikas
Rule Brittania – When British Sports Cars Saved a Nation – John Nikas and Michael Furman*
PARTING WORDS OF ADVICE
“To read this book is to feel blessed by fortune that you ever got to drive an MG TC, an E Type or a Healey 100 and to realize that nothing was preordained. ” – Peter Egan
“Press on regardless.” – John Nikas
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