John W Nichols, Sr

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John W Nichols, Sr

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John W. Nichols, Sr.

John was born January 2, 1925 in Atmore, Alabama. His dad was a sawmill man and he moved his family to Port St. Joe, Florida in 1926. In 1943, at the age of 21, John went into the U.S. Army. He was discharged in 1946, and moved to Jacksonville, Florida and got married. John owned and operated John Nichols Welding Shop. He was a friend of John Schooler, owner of Schooler Cams, and through this friendship, he becam interested in racing around 1949.

In 1959, John built a racecar, #11, driven by Joe Bryan. This car won several races at the old Jacksonville Speedway on Lenox Avenue. In the early 2960’s, John built and drove a micro-midget racecar. He was very competitive with this car. He also did welding and helped built several top running racecars at Jacksonville Speedway.

John and his wife Lois, had one daughter, Linda and one son, John W. Nichols, Jr. After 34 years, he retired in 1989, and sold his business, which is now Nichols Truck Bodies, to his daughter and son-in-law. He remained a big fan of auto racing until his death.

John was inducted into the Jacksonville Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame in 1998.

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