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1963 LA Times Grand Prix - Winner Dave MacDonald in Shelby King Cobra CM/1/63

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Dave MacDonald recorded the Shelby King Cobra's first-ever win as he piloted CM/1/63 to victory in the 1963 LA Times Grand Prix at Riverside International Raceway. Race sponsors attracted the world's best cars and drivers to this event by offering a record purse - including a sparkling new 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix to the winner. Marquee drivers and a month long media blitz by the Los Angeles Times brought out the largest crowd ever to see an American road racing event as 85,000 fans watched So Cal local Dave MacDonald dominate the star-studded international field. Racing champions AJ Foyt, Jimmy Clark, Rodger Ward, Parnelli Jones, Graham Hill, Jim Hall, Pedro Rodriguez, Dan Gurney, Bob Bondurant, John Surtees, Roger Penske, Roy Salvadori, Billy Krause, Dick Thompson, Walt Hansgen, Lloyd Ruby, Augie Pabst, Richie Ginther, Don Wester, Frank Monise, Bob Holbert and more were no match for Dave that day as he won in spectacular fashion - finishing 1+ laps ahead of the entire 31 car field.

1962 Times GP winner Roger Penske (USA) finished 2nd, Pedro Rodriquez (Mexico) 3rd, John Surtees (England) 4th and 1963 World Driving Champion Jimmy Clark (Scotland) rounded out the top 5 in a Lotus.

MacDonald piloted Shelby King Cobra CM/1/63 to an equally impressive victory the following week in the Monterey Pacific Grand Prix at Laguna Seca Raceway. Against essentially the same field Dave finished 3+ laps ahead of everyone except 2nd place driver AJ Foyt. The following week Dave finished 2nd in the Hawaiian Grand Prix driving a Cobra Roadster. He then jumped to the NASCAR circuit for the next two races and finished 2nd in the Golden State 400 driving the Wood Bros #21 Ford and the 2nd in the Augusta 510 driving a Holman/Moody Ford. As a result of his efforts Dave was awarded the Helms Foundation's "Athlete of the Month" medallion for October 1963. He was only the ninth driver to receive this honor and the first during the US football season.

Dave drove each of the Shelby Cobras - Cobra Roadster 260ci, Cobra Roadster 289ci, King Cobra, King Cobra-Lang Cooper and Cobra Daytona Coupe - to their first-ever victories. Show less
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Dave MacDonald was noted for his success racing Corvettes and Shelby Cobras during the glory days of racing - the early 1960's. After racking up more than 100 trophies in drag racing, Dave decided to test his skills in road racing and entered his '57 Corvette in an SCCA event at Willow Springs Feb 13-14, 1960. He outdueled dozens of Corvette hot shoes including the legendary Bob Bondurant and recorded the first victory of his career. It didn't take long for legendary auto racer/designer Carroll Shelby to notice Dave's driving ability and Shelby quickly hired him to drive the new Ford Cobra. The move paid immediate dividends as MacDonald powered the Cobra Roadster to its first-ever victory in his very first race. Dave then won several major races on the SCCA & USRRC circuits including King Cobra victories in the two biggest and richest road races in America; the LA Times Grand Prix and Monterey Pacific Grand Prix.

Dave began receiving offers from all types of motor racing and despite running 29 races for Shelby in the 1963 season, he managed to squeeze in three NASCAR events including 2nd place finishes in the Golden State 400 driving for the Wood Bros and the Augusta 510 driving for Holman Moody. In 1964 he ran a Bill Stroppe Mercury to a top 10 finish in his only Daytona 500 appearance before his death at Indy. At the 1964 12hrs of Sebring international endurance race, MacDonald piloted the Daytona Cobra Coupe to a GT Class win and finished 4th overall, the highest ever finish for an American. Dave was one of America's top drivers and a rising superstar in the sport when he lost his life in a fiery crash in the 1964 Indianapolis 500, he was only 27. In all, Dave MacDonald competed in 110 races with 47 victories and 69 top 3 finishes. He would distinguished himself as the man who drove all of Carroll Shelby's legendary Cobras - Cobra Roadster 260ci, Cobra Roadster 289ci, King Cobra, Daytona Cobra & the King Cobra-Lang Cooper to their first ever victories. Please visit www.davemacdonald.net for a look back at Dave's remarkable but all to brief racing career
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