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Inside Shelby American: Wrenching and Racing with Carroll Shelby in the 1960s
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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 Carroll Shelby if he might come to work for the newly formed Shelby American. The answer was “Yes, here's a

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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 Carroll 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. Inside Shelby American is his personal account of a company overflowing with talent, from designer Pete Brock to fabricator extraordinare Phil Remington to drivers like Dan Gurney, Ken Miles, Bob Bondurant, and Phil Hill. The cars were equally captivating: AC Cobra, Mustang GT350, Ford GT, Daytona Coupe. In this book, Morton’s story is intertwined with the memories of other Shelby staffers of the period, revealing through historic photography and an untold perspective the rousing story of America’s most legendary racer and car builder.

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"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

"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

"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

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760343944
Publisher:
Motorbooks
Publication date:
11/18/2013
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
826,189
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

John Morton moved to California from Illinois in 1962 to enroll in Carroll Shelby's driving school at Riverside. After completion, with Peter Brock having been his instructor, John asked Shelby for a job on the racing team. He progressed from shop janitor to team driver in 1964, launching a career that spanned over forty years and joining the Shelby team at the most successful period in its history. In the early 1970s, John drove for Brock's BRE Datsun team, winning two National Championships and two 2.5 Trans-Am Championships. Career highlights include nine drives with two class wins at Le Mans and two GTP victories at Riverside, including the last sports car race at the facility in 1987 in a Group 44 Jaguar. Morton resides in El Segundo, CA.

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Inside Shelby-American: Wrenching and Racing with Carroll Shelby in the 1960s 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
An Exploration of Talent John Morton's racing career began when he was handed a broom. Throughout the 1960s he witnessed an incredible evolution of the Shelby American racing team. Inside Shelby American delves into the lives of drivers like Dan Gurney and Phil Hill, but it also speaks out about some of the unnoticed talent... like designer Peter Brock and fabricator Phil Remington. One of the best aspects of this book is Morton's honesty. In a casual, engaging voice he speaks to you as if over coffee the most awkward encounters of his life, giving Shelby American fans an insightful look into 1960s road racing. He puts stories to the names and faces race fans know, which reminds us of the humanity in every competition. A lot can also be learned about these players in American Road Race Specials, 1934-70: Glory Days of Homebuilt Racers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title is misleading. This book is more about the author than Carroll Shelby as it is portrayed to be.