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The Essential Book on the BRE Datsun Race Team Is Now Available Digitally

Road & Track logo Road & Track 3/8/2021 Brian Silvestro
a car parked on the side of a road: For the first time, you'll be able to read The Stainless Steel Carrot without having to shell out hundreds for a hard copy. © Carrera Media For the first time, you'll be able to read The Stainless Steel Carrot without having to shell out hundreds for a hard copy.

If you're familiar with the history of motorsport in America, you've likely heard the story of the BRE Datsun race team. For a handful of years from the late Sixties into the early Seventies, the team, formed by designer Peter Brock, dominated the SCCA race circuit, ripping the Datsun brand from obscurity and making it a household name.

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The definitive tale of the BRE team and its star driver, John Morton, is chronicled in The Stainless Steel Carrot. It's a book written by motorsports journalist Sylvia Wilkinson over the course of two years while she was embedded with the team throughout the 1971-1972 seasons. It tells the story of how Brock, Morton, and the rest of the crew poured their entire lives into making sure they secured victory, fending off capable rivals and risking it all for a chance at greatness.

The book was originally published in 1973, with an expanded version released in 2012. Both versions are hard to come by, with used examples routinely fetching up to $300 through online marketplaces, according to Carrara Media.

Now, for the first time, the media company is releasing The Stainless Steel Carrot as an eBook. That means enthusiasts craving a fantastically detailed story on one of America's great race teams won't have to shell out a massive amount of cash to experience it.

“John Morton and the BRE team played a pivotal role in putting Datsun—and Japanese cars in general—on the map for car enthusiasts in America," automotive historian and journalist Ben Hsu said in a statement."The fact that their story will now be available to a younger generation ensures that this important story lives on forever.”

The book is available for pre-order now on CarraraBooks.com or wherever eBooks are sold. It will be released on April 5, 2021. Mark your calendars.

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