November 3rd, 1963 NASCAR Golden State 400 at Riverside. Dave MacDonald will pilot the famous Wood Brothers #21 Ford and battle
an elite field of 44 cars and drivers. 7 of the top 10 and 22 of the top 25 point leaders from NASCAR are entered in this west coast showcase.
USRRC & SCCA have a few a top drivers from the sports cars world entered as well.
Dave MacDonald comes this NASCAR Riverside event having just won the two biggest and richest road races in America at the time - the
LA Times Grand Prix & Monterey Pacific Grand Prix - Dave ran driving Shelby King Cobra CM/1/63 in those races.
Riverside Raceway track layout for this NASCAR event. The course was changed for NASCAR races by directing the big stockers out of
turn 6 and into a short chute over to turn 8 and then to an elongated back straight. (at the top of this photo). These changes added 1/10 of a
mile to the course for NASCAR races.
Driver qualifying times for the Golden State 400. Note the stars next to Dan, Dave & Marvin. USAC banned their member drivers from
Superstar drivers Dan Gurney, Skip Hudson and Ken Miles discuss USAC ban. With Dan now out he tells Glen & Leonard they need to get
Race day and the Goodyear blimp on hand to televise the race to a national audience. Photo The Henry Ford.
Damage to Ken Miles' car still evident after Ken rolled it in practice days earlier. (Ken by front tire). Photo Dave Friedman
Holman Moody crew still working on Ken's car right up to race time. Photo Dave Friedman and The Henry Ford.
Drivers huddle hours before the race and NASCAR officials lay down the rules of the road. Photo The Henry Ford.
Dave MacDonald listening intently in 2nd row, far right. Photo The Henry Ford.
The crowd begins to fill the turn 6 grandstands in anticipation of watching the country's elite NASCAR drivers test their skills on the west
NASCAR stockers line the grid just before race time
Pace car and trophy queen positioned in front of the field and ready to start the race. Photo The Henry Ford.
Pole sitter Marvin Panch in the Wood Bros #121 Ford and Fireball Roberts (#22) lead a stellar NASCAR field out of the grid area and onto
the track for the pace lap and a rolling start. Photo Dave Friedman
Pace car enters the pits and the starter drops the flag - the race goes green! #121 Marvin Panch on the pole with Fireball Roberts, Freddy
Lorenzen & Dave MacDonald occupying the outside of rows 1-2-3. Photo Dave Friedman
Big NASCAR stockers blast away from the starting line towards turn 1. Photo courtesy Cars magazine.
Panch gets the hole shot and leads Roberts thru turn 2 and into the Riverside esses. Lorenzen, Dieringer & MacDonald run 3-4-5. Richard
Petty is 11th. Photo Hot Rod magazine
As the field comes off the back straight into the renumbered turn 8 it's legendary NASCAR pilots Panch, Roberts and Lorenzen running
Coming round to start lap 2 you can see Fred Lorenzen has jumped Fireball Roberts and now runs 2nd behind Panch. (The Henry Ford)
Trouble on lap 2 as Rex White smacks the hill in turn 4. It's not easy driving a heavy stocker at Riverside. White spun off the track so no
yellow was required. MacDonald started 6th and is now 4th and moving on the leaders. Photo courtesy of Cars magazine
Fred Lorenzen takes Marvin Panch between 6 & 7 and is the new race leader. Roberts & MacDonald run 3-4. Photo The Henry Ford.
Down the back stretch on lap 2 Panch successfully holds off Roberts with MacDonald out of view on Roberts' tail. Photo The Henry Ford.
On lap 3 Ken Miles in Fred Lorenzen's backup Ford renumbered 281 goes by Rex White's car now resting off course. Photo The Henry Ford
Lap 4 and King Richard Petty (#43) goes through turn 1 behind Joe Weatherly, alongside Ken Miles and in front of David Pearson. Racing
legends were everywhere in this Riverside race. Photo The Henry Ford
Lap 4 MacDonald is flying and has moved the Wood Bros 21 car past Roberts and now takes Panch in turn 8. Photo Dave Friedman
Fast Freddie still out front in the Golden State 400 but Dave MacDonald is closing fast. Photo The Henry Ford.
Fireball Roberts gets by Marvin Panch on lap 5 and runs 3rd behind Lorenzen & MacDonald. Photo Dave Friedman and The Henry Ford.
Dave MacDonald & Freddy Lorenzen battled for the next 20 laps and while Dave got by him a couple times, like here going into turn 8,
Lorenzen would repass him before laps end and be recorded as race leader for laps 2 thru 21. Photo Dave Friedman
Lap 22 and Dave MacDonald blows past Fred Lorenzen on the back straight and leads Fred and lap a lagging Dick Mitchell into turn 8.
MacDonald officially becomes lap leader as the cross the finish line. Dave Friedman photo
Legendary Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe designer Peter Brock was also a fine racer. Here Pete powers his Kraco stocker out of renumbered
Lap 23 and MacDonald laps a struggling Billy Wade who retired with transmission problems before finishing the lap. Photo Dave Friedman
The legendary Bob Bondurant, Dave's good friend and Shelby Cobra teammate, powers thru turn 8. (Bob is driving the same Jim Simpson
'63 Chevrolet Impala that Dave ran in the January 20, 1963 Motor Trend 500). Photo Dave Friedman from The Henry Ford
Part of the 1963 Golden State 400 field going thru tun 1. Photo Dave Friedman and The Henry Ford.
Dave MacDonald coming off Riverside's back straight and into turn 9 and still race leader.
Transmission problems put Freddy Lorenzen out on lap 26 as he limps around the track on his final tour. Photo Dave Friedman.
Lap 38 and while Bob Bondurant is running a good race he's no match for Fireball Roberts on this day and Roberts runs up to lap him.
NASCAR legends Junior Johnson and David Pearson come out of turn 6 both running in the top 10. Photo The Henry Ford
Dave MacDonald far ahead of the field and making it look easy. You can see where the Wood team taped Dave's name over Pancho's.
Bob Bondurant (R) climbs out of his car after he and Paul Goldsmith ram the turn 6 guardrail on lap 44. Photo The Henry Ford
Goldsmith and Bondurant out of their cars and unhurt but both are out of the race. Goldsmith is not happy. Photo The Henry Ford
Ken Miles and Jack Smith (47) cruise thru 6 as crews clear the wreckage of Paul Goldsmith & Bob Bondurant's cars. Photo The Henry Ford
Midway through the race MacDonald has powered the Wood Bros #21 Ford to a huge lead over 2nd place Darel Dieringer's '63 Merc. Here
Dave comes out of turn 7 onto the back straight ahead of NASCAR legend Joe Weatherly in car #8. Photo The Henry Ford
Dave MacDonald goes into turn 8 and puts a lap on good friend and Shelby Cobra teammate Pete Brock. Photo The Henry Ford
65 laps in the books and Darel Dieringer still running in 2nd but a half lap behind Dave MacDonald. Photo Fran Hernandez
MacDonald laps Skip Hundson and Fireball, a lap behind MacDonald at this point, prepares to lap Hudson too. Photo The Henry Ford
Dave MacDonald coming out of turn 7 and has Junior Johnson in his sights. Photo The Henry Ford
On the next lap Dave MacDonald goes by Junior Johnson and puts a lap on him and Marvin Porter (77). Photo Dave Friedman
Lap 75 Hudson begins to slow with transmission trouble and Dave MacDonald comes up on him & Don Noel in # 88. Photo The Henry Ford
Dave MacDonald preparing to put the struggling Skip Hudson another lap back
Dave MacDonald has moved his Wood Bros 21 Ford past Skip Hudson and Skip would bring his car in at laps end. Photo The Henry Ford
Bill Clinton #15 follows the field out of Riverside turn 7 and onto the long back straight. Photo The Henry Ford
NASCAR legend Little Joe Weatherly blasting through the Riverside course in the top ten. Photo The Henry Ford
On lap 91 MacDonald's car loses 3rd gear, the car's highest, and the Wood team prepares for a pit stop. Photo The Henry Ford
Photo Dave Friedman and The Henry Ford
The legendary pit crew of Glen and Leonard Wood go to work.
With no time for major repairs the Wood Bros send Dave back out and hope he can keep the transmission in one piece without high gear.
Dave is back out and still in the lead but without 3rd gear and Darel Dieringer begins to slowly reel him in. Photo Dave Friedman
Media perch high above the redesignated turn 7 catches the big stockers linking to the back straight. Photo The Henry Ford
Fireball Roberts still running in the top five late in the race. Photo The Henry Ford
100 lap mark and Dave still leads but is struggling to keep his wounded Ford Galaxie ahead of Dieringer. Photo Dave Friedman
Marvin Panch running a brilliant and in the top 5 stops fro a late pit stop. Photo Dave Friedman & The Henry Ford
On lap 105 despite running with only 1st & 2nd gears Dave MacDonald takes 9th place drive Jack Smith on the long back straight and puts
him another lap back. Dave Friedman photo
NASCAR legend Junior Johnson driving a fantastic race and running 5th with 30 laps to go.
Lap 110 and Dave MacDonald goes through turn 6 hard on the wheel with one hand and the other on the gear lever as he fights to keep his
Lap 114 MacDonald blasting past Lloyd Dane (#44) and Bill Amick (62) on Riverside's back straight but hard charging Darel Dieringer
Holman Moody crew signals for Fireball to pit. Photo Dave Friedman and The Henry Ford
Dieringer ultimately catches and passes MacDonald on lap 115. The two racers would battle mightily and exchange the lead several times
over the next few laps before Darel went by Dave for good on lap 119. Photo The Henry Ford
Darel Dieringer rumbles across the line to win the 1963 Golden State 400. Dave MacDonald finished 2nd while NASCAR legends Fireball
Roberts, Freddy Lorenzen & Richard Petty finished 4th, 32nd & 36th respectively. Photo courtesy Hot Rod magazine
Darel Dieringer celebrates with the tropy queen after a hard fought victory. Photo The Henry Ford
Legendary team owner Bill Stroppe (L) joins the celebration. Photo The Henry Ford
1963 Golden State 400 results. Dave finished 2nd & teammate Marvin Panch 3rd giving the Wood Bros their best showing of the year
After a grueling 4 1/2 hours of NASCAR road racing, Dave finishes 2nd and gets a well deserved congratulatory hug from daughter Vicki.
Dave debriefs with the Wood team. Glen Wood later praised Dave for his 2nd place finish despite racing the final 50 laps in only two gears.
News and magazine articles recapping the 1963 NASCAR Golden State 400. Video of the race is in Dave's Racing Videos section
Part of Dave's winnings from the 1963 NASCAR Golden State 400
Looks like NASCAR also paid Dave for his 2nd place finish. 2nd place prize money (excluding sponsor money) was $4,655, this check from