Before leaving for California I attended the first new car shake down at Silverstone in the UK. The car was built and assembled in the Shadow factory in Northampton
Randy Townsend was to be the paying driver for the year so he had the honors of the shake down duties.
On arriving in the USA in 1978 Marina in California was the home of the Shadow Team
The facility was quietly tucked away on the perimeter of Fort Ord on Reservation road and always under the flight path of numerous helicopters in training.
The engine assembly area
Can Am corner as it became known
Here I am changing cylinder heads ready to do dyno evaluation.
The Storm Vulcan was used to skim surfaces
The Sunnen CK10 was used to hone cylinder blocks in house
Dev work in the dyno. here I am helping Ray Burn with cam changes
Here we try a different inlet manifold for power and torque
The power scale does not lie!
Race team transporter
Here the car is unloaded at Laguna Seca for the 1978 Can Am race
The Lola chassis was the big competition with Chevy engines, here is George Folmers car
Always the ones to beat were the Budweiser team of Carl Hass and Paul Newman
Here Paul discusses the race tactics with Elliot Forbes Robinson the driver on the grid
Pre race grid, Anne in the blue top!