John Morton (born February 17, 1942) is one of the great American professional racing drivers. His love of racing began at a race his father took him to at Road America in 1957, the even turned John Morton into an avid racing fan. He went on to race jalopies in South Carolina before he dropped out of Clemson University to attend Carroll Shelby’s racing school at Riverside Raceway in California. Taking a menial job working in Carroll Shelby‘s race shop, Morton saved his money to purchase his first race car, a Lotus Super 7 which he raced in SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) amateur races in 1963.

John Morton Cup

In 2019 CSRG will recapture the feel of those days with big grids and a race series officially named after the man who could rightfully be called the Champion of the 2.5 Trans-Am Challenge, John Morton. Over 35 different car models competed in two or two point five era of the Trans-Am. If you have one of those cars, join us and if you have a car in the spirit of that era, come on in!

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2020 Race Date

Raceday Format

Saturday morning is qualifying and the points and awards race is Saturday afternoon. The podium and awards party will be held immediately following the Saturday afternoon race. Competitors are urged to pit together, and bring all their friends and family to the awards party in the paddock. Sunday is a regular club race, where group photos, inverted grids or other shenanigans may feature.

The More, The Merrier

Inclusive, Simple

Of Special Note: In addition to wanting to build race group cohesiveness & camaraderie, the club’s intent with this series is to also create an environment that is inclusive, not exclusive. Accordingly, the club will make every effort to work with entrants.

If you have questions regarding the events, driver or car eligibility, etc., contact Jon Norman at 510.525.9435.

Racing Legend

CSRG is proud to announce that John Morton, ex-Trans-Am, Can-Am, IMSA GTP, F5000 & too many other types of race cars to list them all, will be at the Charity Challenge, overseeing the series named after him and most importantly, John will be racing at the CC as well.

Over the fifteen years we have held the Charity Challenge it has developed into our showcase event. For the Speedway Children’s Charities (contact Cynthia Torp @ ( if you want more details) & much more.

The BRE Datsun 2000 Roadster at Riverside. John Morton: “I should have won two National Championships in this car, but in- stead it won two after we sold it with Bob McQueen driving.”

John Morton’s motorsports career is legendary. He drove for Shelby, helped put Nissan on the map, and posted wins at Sebring and Le Mans. The man himself is remarkable, too, with those iconic glasses, a friendly demeanor and the desire to help animals in need. This spring’s Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty, scheduled for April 27–29 at Road Atlanta, will honor Morton as well as two of the brands that defined his career: Nissan and its predecessor, Datsun.

Despite the association with Datsun, John Morton’s pro motorsports career began with Shelby. As Morton recounts in the final paragraphs of “Inside Shelby American,” he reconnected with the famed Texan, too.

“From 1985 through 1988, I was fortunate to share the winning car in eight IMSA GTP races driving Porsches, Jaguars, and Nissans. An overall and two class wins at Sebring was the fulfillment of a 34-year-old dream.

The Stainless Steel Carrot

Hardcover 6×9 inch, 368 pgs with 32 pgs of coated paper featuring more than 150 color and black & white photos. ISBN 978-1-888978-15-5

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