John Nikas is an automotive writer who specializes in weaving social, cultural and economic themes into compelling narratives about motoring history. A recipient of the Denise McCluggage Award, he was runner-up for the Mercedes-Benz Award and the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy for Rule Britannia: When British Sports Cars Saved a Nation. Among his books are several marque histories including the best-selling and critically acclaimed Healey: The Men and Machines.
John is frequently asked to speak or make special appearances at automotive events such as the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance, Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca Raceway and the Goodwood Revival, discussing a wide range of motoring topics. He has also been featured in television spots on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, L’Equipe and the BBC.
A celebrated vintage racer, John has campaigned an array of vehicles in a number of different series. He has collected multiple championships and received special recognition for his accomplishments on and off the track. Among his successes are an overall victory in the Mille Miglia North America Tribute, recognition as the Vintage Auto Racing Association’s British Driver of the Year and an Order of Conspicuous Bravery for a memorable drive in a Jaguar E-type at California Speedway.