February 2-3, 1963 at Riverside International Raceway. Shelby American comes to Riverside with two newly hired drivers inside his Ford
Cobra Roadster. Dave MacDonald & Ken Miles will take their first ride for Shelby American - Dave will run Cobra CSX2026
Carroll Shelby had raided the Chevrolet camp to hire away Dave MacDonald to be his #1 driver. Dave's first race will be here at Riverside
This SCCA sanctioned event was run on Riverside Raceway's 2.5 mile short course layout. This photo is from Oct 1963 but you can see the
long course used to run NASCAR events. The big stockers were directed out of turn 6 and into a short chute over to turn 8 (top of this photo).
and then to an elongated back straight. This change added a tenth mile to the overall length of the course
Beauty queen & actress Quinn O'Hara (Miss Scotland 1960) will be at Riverside Raceway to present checkered flags to race winners
Shelby American arrives at Riverside on Thursday to get some practice time in. Dave relaxes against the Roadster while Carroll entertains
the kids. Photo Dave Friedman
Friday morning a mix of classes hit the track for practice. Amazing Dave Friedman photo shows Dave MacDonald in the #98 Cobra, Red
Faris in a Stingray, Jay Hills in a Porsche 356, Bill Sherwood in a Stingray, Ronnie Bucknum (#31) in Ol' Yaller MK III, Ken Miles (50) in
a Porsche 718, Dick Guldstrand (56) in a Stingray, Don Meline (118) in a Vette & Max Norris (63) in an Austin Healy. (Miles ran this Otto
Zipper owned Porsche in Sunday's modified race and finished 2nd).
Another beautiful practice photo of MacDonald & Miles rumbling through the Riverside course. Photo Dave Friedman
MacDonald still out running Cobra Roadster CSX2026 with the modifieds as practice time winds down. Photo Dave Friedman
With practice over and the course being cleaned, Dave & the crew relax a bit before the A-B-C Production race begins. Photo Peter Luongo
Photo Peter Luongo
Race time! Saturday Feb 2 race and Dave MacDonald & Ken Miles go thumbs up on the starting grid. This is first race in a Cobra for
MacDonald and Miles. Dave in CSX2026 and Ken in CSX2002. Photo Chad Struer and Sportscarscan.com
Photo of field coming out of turn 1 with Miles, Reinhart and MacDonald 1-2-3 and Corvettes of Faris & Bondurant 4th and 5th. Photo
courtesy of Road & Track magazine
Still the first lap and Miles leads Reinhart & MacDonald in a tight group into turn 6. Photo Dave Friedman
Red Faris, Bob Bondurant, Don Meline, Bill Sherwood, Dick Guildstrand & a slew of Corvettes are next into turn 6. Photo Dave Friedman
Coming back into turn 6 on lap 2 it's now Miles & MacDonald 1-2. Photo Friedman
Lap 4 it's still Miles and MacDonald 1-2 coming out of 6, but Dave is preparing his move. Photo Dave Friedman
MacDonald catches Miles between 7 & 8 and the mighty Cobras run nose to nose. Photo Bill Norcross
Dave MacDonald passed Ken Miles going through turn 8 and was race leader down the back straight. Photo Dave Friedman
Bob Bondurant and Dick Guldstrand have moved their Corvettes to 2nd & 3rd and chase the leaders. Photo Dave Friedman.
Right behind them and running 4-5 are Corvettes of Red Faris (#11) and Don Meline. Photo Dave Friedman
Danny Stevens (#8) and Ralph Anderson bumper to bumper going into turn 6. Photo Dave Friedman
In the end Dave MacDonald was too strong and brought Shelby Cobra CSX2026 home for the victory. Teammate Ken Miles finished
Sunday Feb 3 main event gets underway and this time Dave MacDonald gets the hole shot and leads teammate Ken Miles through turn 1.
MacDonald and Miles separate from the field a bit and as they head into turn 8 they still run 1-2. Miles however comes in hot and begins
Ken begins to slip out from behind Dave's Cobra and slide toward the dirt
Ken's front wheels hit the dirt and his Cobra jerks left toward the hill.
But this is no ordinary race car driver of course and Ken regains control before impacting the hill and steers back toward the track.
Ken Miles puts his Cobra back on the track with one hand while closing the driver's door with the other!
Ken Miles would go down and round turn 9 and pull his Cobra into the pits to check for possible damage from the off road excursion. The
Dave MacDonald has CSX2026 all alone and in front now as he pulls away from the field.
Ken Miles now blowing by Corvettes as he moves his Cobra back through the ranks, Here he passes Bill Sherwood. Photo Dave Friedman
Dave MacDonald powering through the Riverside course on lap 6 is now comfortably ahead of the field. Photo Dave Friedman.
Dick Guldstrand moves his ultra cool chopped-top Stingray past Bob Bondurant and into 3rd place. Photo Dave Friedman
Bill Sherwood has his Corvette Stingray running 7th as he goes through turn 6. Photo Dave Friedman
On lap 8 Ken Miles charges into 2nd place and is now chasing teammate MacDonald. Photo Dave Friedman
MacDonald still comfortably in front on lap 12 and lapping slower cars. Here he passes the Corvette of John Burbridge. Photo Friedman
Dick Guldstrand catches Paul Reinhart out of turn 6 and prepares to pass him and take over 3rd place. Photo Dave Friedman
6 laps to go and Miles all out still trying to catch Dave MacDonald ... he's closing the gap. Photo Dave Friedman
MacDonald is still race leader with 4 laps remaining but his lead is only 15 seconds over hard charging Miles. Photo Dave Friedman
Porsches of Bob Kirby (#40) and Jay Hills sandwich Corvettes of Red Faris and Don Meline late in the race. Photo Dave Friedman
Paul Reinhart still running strong as he heads into turn 6 late in the race. Photo Dave Friedman
3 laps to go and Dave MacDonald slings his Cobra past Danny Stevens and puts him two laps back. Photo Dave Friedman
Mr Corvette Dick Guldstrand now running 3rd laps the Corvette of Bill Rushton. Photo Dave Friedman
MacDonald with pedal to the metal trying to stay ahead of Miles. Photo Dave Friedman
Miles desperately trying to catch MacDonald ... but there's precious little time to do it.
Final lap and MacDonald not backing off as the skinny treads on his Cobra hang on for all they're worth. Photo Dave Friedman
MacDonald blows through turn 6 with a half lap to victory. Photo Dave Friedman
Dave MacDonald rumbles across the line in Shelby Cobra CSX2026 to give the iconic American sports car its historic first-ever victory!
Ken Miles brought Cobra CSX2002 across the line 7 seconds behind MacDonald to give Shelby American a 1-2 finish. Photo courtesy
Dave Friedman and Sports Car International magazine.
Dave MacDonald accepts the checkered flag from Trophy Queen Quinn O'Hara ... happy days in Cobraland. Photo Harold Treichler
Photo courtesy Dave Friedman from the book 'Carroll Shelby - The Shelby American Original Archives 1962-1965'
Dave drove the Cobra 260ci twice that weekend and won both races at the SCCA sanctioned event. Photo Dave Friedman from the book
'Carroll Shelby - The Shelby American Original Archives 1962-1965'
Road & Track Magazine captured this historic Cobra Corvette tilt on the cover of their June 1963 issue.
News article recapping the race
Los Angeles Times article
Sports Car Graphic magazine article talking about Ken Miles pitting after the first lap to check for damage and roar back out. He ran a
great race to come back and finish within 10 seconds of Dave
Magazine article with paragraph about the Riverside race and then the upcoming Dodger Stadium race.
Ad Shelby American ran after the Riverside victory ... ouch!
The mighty Cobra Roadster knocked Ferrari off its perch and wound up winning the 1963 USRRC Championship! Photo Pete Brock
NoGrip Racing incorporated a Dave MacDonald driven Shelby Cobra Roadster mod into their video game. This is the 260ci Cobra, painted
and numbered, as it was in 1963 when Dave drove it to victory at Riverside for its historic first-ever win
2011 Shelby Hauler with Dave's image on the side. Hauler travels the country transporting Shelby cars to various auto shows
The MacDonald family at the Pomona Fairgrounds for the Shelby-Ford-Cobra 50yr Anniversary Reunion in 2012