NICHOLAS COLYVAS MD

Nicholas Colyvas

Dr. Colyvas specializes in Sports Medicine. He has particular expertise in arthroscopy of the shoulder and knee. He did a fellowship and trained in Orthopaedic surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He is in private practice in San Francisco and Los Gatos. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a team physician for a number of local sport teams. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, The Arthroscopy Association, Northern California Chapter of the Western Orthopaedic Association, and Bay Area Knee Society

Although I cant remember a time I didn’t want to, I was only found the time and resources to start racing about 10 years ago. My first car, I still own and is one of my favorites-a 1969 Merlyn 11A Formula Ford. I have had a lot of success with this car as well as a spectacular crash in 2004. The Formula Ford series always provide competitive close racing. It remains a car I love to drive.

A few years after getting the Ford I got a Tyrrell Formula One car-1974 Tyrrell 007. This is a fantastic and exciting car to drive and I have had many great races running with HGP in the USA. This car has been replaced by the 1975 Shadow DN5-2A that I just ran in Monaco. The Shadow ran 15 races in 1975 with Tom Pryce driving. It won at Brands Hatch that year and started on the front row in Monaco. It generally ran front to mid pack. I am still learning to drive it, and will be returning it to Brands Hatch in 2008.

My first Formula Junior was a Lotus 22 that I drove and enjoyed for a while the sold to a friend when a Lotus 27 became available. The 27 is the prettiest car I own and a great driver too. After a season in the US with good results, it came to the UK in 2007 and I ran four races. In 2008 I will run it in Europe again along with the Shadow. It’s a fabulous car, but Im still learning its limits. I also have two other formula Juniors currently undergoing repairs and restoration- a 1963 Brabham and a 1962 Cooper.

I also have a famous Australian Hill Climb car-the Tighe-Vincent, which is just completing restoration and will be run this year. This car, hand built by Ivan Tighe has the iconic Vincent Black Shadow engine in a copy of a Norton Cooper body. I cant wait to drive it. With its motorcycle parts it is the forerunner of todays shifter racing go-karts !

I did race an Aston Martin DB4 for a few years but I found this was not a great race car, at least not in my hands. I eventually converted the car back to a lovely road going vehicle

I am lucky to live in San Francisco where there are three really nice tracks within easy driving distance-Sears Point, Laguna Seca and Thunderhill. I run my shifter kart at the track at Sears Point frequently as it is an easy 45 minutes from my house.

I am lucky to live in San Francisco where there are three really nice tracks within easy driving distance-Sears Point, Laguna Seca and Thunderhill. I run my shifter kart at the track at Sears Point frequently as it is an easy 45 minutes from my house.

In addition to the cars, I have some vintage bikes and am generally very distracted by anything with an internal combustion or jet engine!

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