Inside Shelby American: Wrenching and Racing with Carroll Shelby in the 1960s
  • Inside Shelby American: Wrenching and Racing with Carroll Shelby in the 1960s
  • Inside Shelby American: Wrenching and Racing with Carroll Shelby in the 1960s

Inside Shelby American: Wrenching and Racing with Carroll Shelby in the 1960s

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by John Morton
     
 

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In the late 1950s, a young John Morton was transfixed with sports car racing. His dreams of competition eventually led him to enroll, in 1962, in the Shelby School of High Performance Driving. In a bold moment after the last class, Morton asked Shelby if he might come to work for the newly formed Shelby American. The answer was “Yes; here's a broom.”

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In the late 1950s, a young John Morton was transfixed with sports car racing. His dreams of competition eventually led him to enroll, in 1962, in the Shelby School of High Performance Driving. In a bold moment after the last class, Morton asked Shelby if he might come to work for the newly formed Shelby American. The answer was “Yes; here's a broom.” Thus ended Morton’s college career and began his long racing career.

Over the next three years, Morton would be a firsthand witness to the evolution of one of the most iconic sports car builders and racing teams of the 1960s. Shelby’s company overflowed with talent, from designer Pete Brock to fabricator extraordinare Phil Remington to drivers like Dan Gurney, Ken Miles, Dave MacDonald, Bob Bondurant, and Phil Hill. The cars were equally captivating: Shelby Cobra, Mustang GT 350, Ford GT, Daytona Coupe. Morton’s story is intertwined with the memories of other Shelby staffers of the period to reveal the rousing, sometimes tragic, story of this famed group.

Morton eventually traded his broom for a steering wheel, racing Cobras as well as his own cars until he left Shelby in 1965. Although he and Shelby parted ways, their relationship endured as John went on to compete in a number of racing series. He remains an active historic racer today.

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"In addition to being handy behind the wheel, Morton also knows his way around a computer keyboard. He knows how to put a good lap together - and a good sentence. These dual skills make Inside Shelby American an easy, enjoyable read... it's charming and self-effacing and well worth your time." - Keith Martin's Sports Car Market

"Trust us, this is way more fun than that history lecture you had at 7:50am every Monday andThursday. Want to know what the early days of sports car racing were really like? Pick up a copy of John Morton's new book. It's a brutally honest account about the early days of sports car racing." - Grassroots Motorsports

"This is the story of his dream to be a race car driver, told in Morton's laid back and modest way. You don't have to be a Shelby fan to love this book." - Vintage Motorsport

"This book reads like a conversationâ?¿ a couple of guys sitting around talking about the old days. I really related to this book and found it fascinating because most of the places mentioned in here still exist in one form or another. It's a good read!" - Jay Leno

"John Morton's book is more than just the story of the author's time at Shelby; its' the memoir of the making of a championship winning race car driver worthy of his own due. Throughout the 256 pages of this book, we can almost envision ourselves in his position." - Hemmings Muscle Machines

"It's almost as if you're sitting down with Morton over a beer as he tells his tales without getting bogged down in detail or nostalgia. Funny, exciting and very entertaining. This book is a great gift for any Shelby or racing fan." - The Virginian Pilot

"Inside Shelby American is more than just a well-written telling of Morton's early racing career. It's an incredible, no-holds-barred look into the goings-on at Shelby American. Never before have we read such an insider's guide to the Shelby American saga. Call it a must-read for anyone who loves Shelby cars and wants to hear more than what has been sanitized by PR folks." - Classic Motorsports

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760343944
Publisher:
Motorbooks
Publication date:
11/18/2013
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
335,436
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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