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 finest cars and drivers to this event by offering a record purse - including a sparkling new 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix to the winner.
A record 85,000 fans packed the Riverside track to witness 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.
This was the first win for Shelby’s King Cobras