Dodger Stadium March 2-3, 1963 - Shelby American debuts the new 289ci engine stuffed into the already brutally fast Cobra Roadster.
Dave MacDonald in Cobra CSX2026 and Ken Miles in CSX2002 would compete in the first ever road races at Dodger Stadium.
Layout of the Dodger Stadium parking lot course in March of 1963
Shelby 289 Cobras fuel up before the start of Sunday's race. Master fabricator Phil Remington oversees fueling of Ken Miles #298 (CSX2002)
& Dave MacDonald gets chauffeured to fueling spot in #198 (CSX2026). The Cobras already ran in Saturday's race and Dave MacDonald
scored the victory with Ken Miles finishing 2nd. Photo Gordon Chittenden - Courtesy of the Riverside International Automotive Museum.
Dave MacDonald with frequent race attendee Sherry
Dave puts on his drivers suit and prepares for the race.
Chevrolet dealer Harry Mann promo's a beautiful 1963 split window Stingray at this Los Angeles race. Race cars began from a standing
Race starts and Dick Guldstrand grabs the hole shot with three more Vettes behind him. Running 2nd Bob Bondurant in the #614 Stingray,
then Ronnie Bucknum in Dave's former #00 Stingray, Paul Reinhart's in the #6 Stingray and then in 5th is Dave MacDonald in Shelby
Cobra Roadster #198. Photo Tam McPartland
Lap 2 and it's still Guldstrand and Bondurant running 1-2 but MacDonald has stormed past Reinhart & Bucknum and into 3rd as the leaders
go through the very long "multi-turned" turn 6. Photo Dave Friedman
Bucknum fighting off Reinhart as they come out of turn 2 and start to sweep downhill toward turn 3. They're running 4th & 5th. You just
know Dave had mixed emotions flying by Bucknum driving his old #00 1963 Z06 Stingray! Photo Dave Friedman
Back in the pack Gary Pickens keeps his Stingray in front of Jay Hills' Porsche. Photo Dave Friedman
Dave MacDonald continues to move his Cobra up the ranks and is now in 2nd and closing on Guldstrand. Photo Dave Friedman
On lap 3 Dave MacDonald makes a move on Guldstrand entering turn 6 and by the time they come out Dave has the lead. Photo Friedman.
Bucknum, Reinhart & Miles running 4-5-6 behind MacDonald, Guldstrand & Bondurant. Photo Dave Friedman
Running 7th behind Ken Miles's Cobra is Gary Pickens in his #711 Corvette Stingray. Photo Dave Friedman
Dave MacDonald taking a tight line and barrels out the back of turn 6 still leading. Photo Dave Friedman
Into to turn 5 and it's still MacDonald leading Stingrays of Guldstrand & Bondurant. Photo Gordon Chittenden - Courtesy of Riverside
International Automotive Museum.
The field jockies behind MacDonald and now it's Bondurant, Guldstrand, Bucknum, Miles & Reinhart running 2 thru 6. (Dave Friedman)
Dave MacDonald - "The Master of Oversteer" - drifts his Cobra Roadster through turn 6 and still in front of the field. Photo Dave Friedman
Bob Bondurant & Dick Guldstrand continue fighting for 2nd as they come over the hill and start down toward turn 3. Photo Dave Friedman
Midway through the race Dave MacDonald tearing through the Dodger Stadium course and still leading. Photo Dave Friedman
Paul Reinhart goes by Ronnie Bucknum and back into 5th position. Photo Dave Friedman
Ken Miles continues charging through the field and blows by Bondurant and into 2nd behind teammate MacDonald. Photo Dave Friedman
MacDonald's Cobra is running beautifully as he comes out of turn 2 and still out front...but miles is gaining Photo Dave Friedman
Miles has reeled MacDonald in and the Shelby Cobras are out front running bumper to bumper with 5 laps to go. Photo Dave Friedman
Miles makes a move on MacDonald in turn 5 and Dave tries to fight him off. Bob Bondurant & Paul Reinhart now run 3rd and 4th having
both passed Dick Guldstrand. Photo Gordon Chittenden - Courtesy of the Riverside International Automotive Museum.
Another angle of Dave MacDonald fighting off Ken Miles as they battle through the backside of turn 5. Photo Dave Friedman
Ronnie Bucknum now running 6th with four laps to go. Photo Dave Friedman
Jay Hills takes Porsche into turn 3 and trailing the field. (Gordon Chittenden - Courtesy of the Riverside International Automotive Museum)
Miles tries to pass MacDonald again and this time he takes an inside line, but same result ... Dave keeps the lead. Photo Bill Norcross
Just 3 laps remain and Bob Bondurant is running 3rd and still has his Vette in the mix. Photo Gordon Chittenden - Courtesy of the Riverside
International Automotive Museum.
But Dave MacDonald & Ken Miles work together and begin to pull away from the Stingrays. Photo Dave Friedman
No let up from MacDonald & Miles as they blast the Shelby Cobras through the scenic Dodger Stadium course running 1-2. Photo Gordon
Chittenden - Courtesy of the Riverside International Automotive Museum.
Dave MacDonald trying to build a little cushion between him and Ken Miles with just 2 laps to go. Photo Dave Friedman
MacDonald comes over the hill and out of turn 2 on the final lap and still leads Miles. Photo Dave Friedman
MacDonald driving brilliantly as he slides through turn 6 and heads toward the finish line at Dodger Stadium. Photo Dave Friedman
Dave MacDonald drifts his Cobra through the final turn and on to victory. These were the Roadster's debut races with the new Ford 289ci
engine and Shelby American swept both Saturday & Sunday races with Dave MacDonald & Ken Miles finishing 1-2 both days. Photo
Gordon Chittenden Courtesy of the Riverside International Automotive Museum
Dave MacDonald receives victory kiss from his personal trophy queen, his beautiful wife Sherry.
Dave MacDonald takes Sherry on the victory lap after the win at Dodger Stadium ... Dave's victory laps were usually at full speed!
Photo Dave Friedman
The Shelby Cobra's first win with the 289
Top 8 finishers in Saturday's Dodger Stadium race. Dave MacDonald won both the Saturday & Sunday feature races.
News articles recapping the race at Dodger Stadium
Dave MacDonald's pit pass for this race (I realize the date is incorrectly printed on the pass but it is Dave's pit pass for the 1st sports car races
at Dodger Stadium in March 1963 - the only time Dave ever ran there.)
The mighty Cobra Roadster knocked Ferrari off its perch and wound up winning the 1963 USRRC Championship! (Pete Brock)
2011 Shelby Hauler with Dave's image on the side. Hauler travels the country transporting various Shelby vehicles to auto shows
The MacDonald family at the Pomona Fairgrounds for the Shelby-Ford-Cobra 50yr Anniversary Reunion in 2012