Road racing legend John Morton will be honored at a Gala Tribute to Datsun-Nissan Racing presented by The Riverside International Automotive Museum (RIAM) in Riverside California next Thursday, June 21 and Friday June 22. Morton, along with a number of notable Datsun-Nissan racing personnel, cars and IndyCar mega-star Bobby Unser will be on hand. Anticipated to emcee the event is celebrity automotive enthusiast and television host, Adam Carolla.
The two-day event, on the eve of the HSR-West Vintage Weekend at Fontana Speedway, pays homage to the fabled heritage of Datsun-Nissans successful involvement in SCCA Trans-Am and IMSA GT. John Morton’s celebrated racing career and top Datsun-Nissan teams including Bob Sharp Racing and (Peter) Brock Racing Enterprises will be the topic of rare films, discussion panels and two cocktail receptions and gala dinner Friday night. Proceeds from the Datsun-Nissan Racing Tribute will go to support the Boys Republic charity.
A number of RIAM’s indy cars will appear at Fontanas HSR-West meet, along with 1969 F5000 Champion Tony Adamowicz, driving his Championship-winning Eagle with the F5000 Drivers Assn. race group. Unser will join attendees during the two-day Datsun-Nissan event before taking to the track at Fontana, reunited with historic Eagle race cars. More than 30 historic IndyCars are expected to race on the two-mile low-banked oval, while the sports cars and formula cars will run on the 2.8-mile combined oval/road course.
For more information you can contact the Museum located in Riverside at 815 Marlborough, Riverside, CA 951-369-6966
Open: Monday- Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM. The museums website is www.RiversideInternational.org