The Stainless Steel Carrot

The Mesmerizing True Story that Became a Motorsport Classic

By Sylvia Wilkinson

A tale of tantalizing motorsports history, The Stainless Steel Carrot follows racer John Morton and his 1971-72 championships in a Datsun 510. Journalist Sylvia Wilkinson puts the reader inside the cockpit with unprecedented access. Published in 1973, with a revised version following in 2012, The Stainless Steel Carrot is now offered in eBook format for the first time.

*NOTE: The hardcover edition is sold out and no longer available.*

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Wow! What a fantastic, fascinating read! The Stainless Steel Carrot, a chronicle of John Morton’s days as an up-and-coming racer in 1971 and 1972, tells not just Morton’s story, but the story of all race car drivers: talent, ambition, perseverance, luck, and a little bit of rain can change the course of history for anyone. Sylvia Wilkinson’s brilliant book is as relevant now as it was when it was first published in 1973, and it should be read by aspiring racers as well as all readers who love a captivating story.” — Garth Stein, Author, The Art of Racing in the Rain.

“Sylvia’s focused study of a single race driver and his team was a strong, worthwhile read in the early 1970s, when it was new and fresh. Its inherent values remain, but today it offers something more: perspective. Four decades of frenetic evolution have changed racing almost beyond recognition; to re-read Stainless Steel Carrot is to fly back to what now seems a golden moment in time and find yourself murmuring, yes… that’s how it was.” — Pete Lyons

“The Stainless Steel Carrot certainly shows that all stories don’t have a happy ending. Racing’s a tough sport and the book shows that. If you read between the lines however you’ll see racing’s no different than real life. People make things happen, everyone has an important role, and destinies are worked for, not inherited.” — Mark Donohue, 1973