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

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

by John Morton


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760353615
Publisher: Motorbooks
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 662,978
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents


Chapter One
Learning to Drive the Shelby Way

Chapter Two
Racing from the Wrong End of a Broom

Chapter Three
Midwest Racer

Chapter Four
Cobra Pilot

Chapter Five
Shelby Expands

Chapter Six
The Shelby Shadow


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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.