John Morton Named Grand Marshal for The Mitty

Holly Hill, FL — Both the Nissan and Datsun marques will be featured at this year’s Speedfest at Historic Sportscar Racing’s The Mitty. The historic race weekend returns to Road Atlanta April 27-29 with John Morton — a racer with connections to both brands — as grand marshal.
Morton with his championship-winning Datsun 510. Photo: HSR

Although Morton’s career as a race car driver spanned more than four decades, he is best remembered for the 1970-72 seasons, when he drove a Datsun 510 to a pair of small-bore SCCA Trans-Am titles while also claiming two C-Production championships in the brand’s 240Z. Both cars were campaigned by Brock Racing Enterprises and wore the BRE team’s iconic red, white and blue colors — including those now-legendary diagonal door stripes. Some 15 years later, Morton was a key team member of Nissan’s IMSA-dominating GTP ZX-Turbo program.

Nissan North America will display several cars from its heritage collection, including Morton’s winning Datsun 510.
Morton also drove for Shelby American before he joined the Datsun squad. His book about those days, Inside Shelby American: Wrenching and Racing with Carroll Shelby in the 1960s, was published in October 2017. He will be signing copies throughout the Mitty weekend. (Or, order your very own copy now through Vintage Motorsport, available on our website:, or by calling 800-626-9937).
Now a member of multiple motorsports halls of fame, Morton is a regular on the vintage race circuit today. In addition to numerous appearances at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion, he has competed many times with HSR, the Mitty weekend’s sanctioning body.