Nick Slade: Out from the Shadows
He was outdoors the consolation zone of his personal store, instruments and methodology, working below the mammoth J&L Fabricating trackside operation on the Rolex Monterey Reunion. It had been a uncommon free weekend for Nick Slade, who struggles to say “no” to a buddy in want.
On this case, J&L Fabricating founder Louie Shefchik, with a number of immaculately-prepped System 1 automobiles to current at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, was the buddy in want.
New Zealander Slade would barely have time to recuperate earlier than a check session with the Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar group, which he’d work with the next weekend on the Laguna Seca finale, and would host a relaxed pre-race night at his race store. In the meantime, a number of present challenge automobiles had been calling his title from his close by Slade/Superior Car Techniques store, awaiting his attentions.
In a sport more and more targeted on specialization, Slade is one thing of a throwback—a generalist whose big selection of skills and deal with “doing it proper” has led him over greater than 30 years to a spotless workshop only a few miles from Laguna Seca Raceway, a listing of completely satisfied clients, and a handful of race group house owners who’ve his quantity.
The store, crowded with automobiles and instruments, is saved immaculate — extra like a museum than a busy prep store.
“I opened with Shadow’s Don Nichols in 2014, seeking to assist him prep and parcel off all of his Can-Am and System 1 automobiles and components,” Slade explains. “When Don handed away , he left me every thing — all of the trophies, all the images, driver’s helmets, all that. I’ve all that in a bit of the store — it’s all actually properly displayed.”
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