John Morton former Shelby employee
John Morton worked for the Shelby organization in his youth. Carroll Shelby sponsored John in his Lotus 23. John also was a co-driver in the Cobra at races. John would go on to race for Peter Brock's Datsun Team known as BRE Racing in the TransAm series. Becoming a National champion in Pete's car. John told forum member Dave Kane that he and Allen Grant shared a garage apartment while they were at Shelby. After BRE John Morton went on to race a few years in F5000, Can-Am and various IMSA races.
In 1975 the movie industry found him and John found himself doing stunt work on a couple of feature films like "Gumball Rally" and several TV shows and commercials.
John’s racing career put him as a team driver with Pete Halsmer, driving 962 Porsches. In 1985 they won the Times GP at Riverside. In 1987 John won the last Times GP at Riverside and the West Palm Beach GP, driving for the Group 44 Jaguar team of Bob Tullius. In 1988 the Electramotive Nissan Team signed John. John and Geoff Brabham won several races that year, setting the stage for Nissan's domination of the IMSA series for several years. Other notable Nissan races for John during 1989-95 include an overall victory at Sebring and several class wins, including the Le Mans in 1994, one of nine times he has competed at Le Mans. Several races in various other classes and categories include Sprint cars, Indy cars, and Karts. In his most recent professional races, 1997-2001, John raced Porsches in both the Grand American series and ALMS.
photo: Albert Wong
Edited by Jerry Entin, 29 April 2012 - 12:42.