John Nicholson (born October 6, 1941) is a former racing driver from Auckland, New Zealand. He participated in 2 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on July 20, 1974. He scored no championship points.
Nicholson was the 1973 and 1974 British Formula Atlantic champion, and in his 'day job' was engine builder for McLaren. He commissioned Martin Slater of Lyncar to build him an F1 car, but Nicholson's ambitions stretched mainly to competing in non-championship races. After his F1 exploits, Nicholson turned his sporting attention to powerboat racing.