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49) Steve Frederick 
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Wednesday, 3 October 2012 10:06 PM Write a comment

My father was Chuck Frederick who raced against Dave in the early 1960’s. The video of 1961 Road America Race my Father was in car #39 Corvette. At about 1 minute into the film he comes around the corner and goes by the filmer. Then at a few seconds after 5 min he goes by again.

I cannot take a pic of the video on the internet and I would love to have a still of him in that car. I am trying to record his races for his grandchildren as he passed away in 1998.

Any help would be appreciated

Steve Frederick
48) John Blazier 
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Sunday, 9 September 2012 04:05 AM Write a comment

Wonderful website devoted to one of the greatest race car drivers of our time. Congratulations on a job well done.

John Blazier,
Founder of the National Indy 500 collectors Club, and, Indianapolis 500 Oldtimers Member.
47) Tom Rogers 
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Friday, 10 August 2012 04:15 PM Write a comment

I think that I may have the 1959 Corvette Special you are talking about that was raced and owned by Dave MacDonald and Pat Mathis. I would love to compare notes about the car and see if I am correct. Do you have the Vin number of the original vehicle?
46) Donald Venturi 
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Sunday, 29 April 2012 07:22 AM Write a comment

I was reading about the Carroll Shelby reunion in the NY Times and it gave a link to this site. I grew up in California and REMEMBER DAVE MACDONALD, he was a fantastic race car driver and our local hero! So sad we were when Dave was killed in the Indianapolis 500. It is wonderful that you have this website for new generations to learn about Dave and for others like me to rekindle fond memories. Dave MacDonald was one of the best ever!
45) Phil Riehle 
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Thursday, 26 April 2012 12:21 PM Write a comment

I attended the Ford-Cobra-Shelby Reunion in Pomona last Saturday, and was very pleased to meet the Dave MacDonald family, Sherry, Rich, Vicki, and his brother, Doug. Each was very nice in listening and sharing stories about Dave. I have been a fan of Dave MacDonald ever since I first saw him racing Corvettes at Riverside in 1961. I was also thrilled to see the #98 King Cobra again in person. Thanks to Bill Hartman for restoring and showing this historic race car that is so significant in the racing legacy of Dave MacDonald.

I especially enjoyed the panel discussion which included Bob Bondurant, Sherry MacDonald, Parnelli Jones, Pete Brock, and other Cobra drivers and mechanics. Sherry was eloquent and very passionate in representing and speaking for Dave. It was really a great event. Dave would be very proud of Sherry and his family, and how they have carried on for him in his absence.

Phil Riehle
Martinez, CA
44) Austin Craig 
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Thursday, 26 April 2012 08:33 AM Write a comment

It was so exciting for me to meet Sherry,Rich and Kirra at the 50th Cobra Reunion. I have always admired Dave MacDonald and our family followed his career with great interest. When Dave won the LA Times Grand Prix my uncle called my parents home and exclaimed that Dave had "...
43) Mike Tucker 
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Wednesday, 25 April 2012 02:15 PM Write a comment

It was great to meet Dave’s son and mother and the rest of the family April 21. My dad was friends with Dave and raced a few times With Dave. His son seemed suprised when he asked my dad about the 1961 Corvette he raced and my dad seemed embarased we he to his son tha that my father totalled it in a B Production race at Riverside. What great stories and to to see the Cooper Cobra Dave drove. Thanks for a great web site
42) Allen Gasper 
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Tuesday, 24 April 2012 11:24 AM Write a comment

(42) I grew up to be a fan of the race cars of the 60’s, and no story would be complete without hearing the tales of Dave MacDonald, his great racing triumphs and the fantastic hurdles he overcame in such a small period of time. I built a tribute Cobra in honor of this racing herritage and numbered my car 97 after Dave MacDonald; the racer, the husband, the father, the man. It is obvious by the comments many have made he was a great man. The race win statistics speak for themself.

I was honored to be at the 50th Shelby Anniversary on April 21st with my 9 year old son. We both sat patiently during the panel discussion as Sherry MacDonald recited the details of numerous events with the greatest accuracy and passion as though the memories that carried her and her husband into the winners circle time and time again happened only yesterday. One can only imagine the love she has for racing and her husband. Words escape me, you would had to have been there. Unfortuantely Sherry departed promptly after the discussion before I can get an autograph.

I came upon this site a second time last night after an evening of restlessness and endless Googling about the period racing, the details and events are amazing. I was honored to see a picture of my 97 Cobra taken at the "Recent Events" from the 2012 Shelby Reunion, I guess it was fate that my way of honoring both the man, the racer and his family would somehow show up on a website detailing the racing of Dave MacDonald. What an honor. Thank you for the honor and the fantastic website, Dave undoubtedly is proud and I could only hope he would feel the same about my car, once he raced it of course...and won.
41) Graham Tarpley 
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Thursday, 5 April 2012 02:35 PM Write a comment

I am a long time Cobra fan and of course knew that Dave MacDonald raced them in the early sixties. I linked to this site from Ford-Cobra ads promoting the 50yr Shelby anniversary in Pomona, Dave’s picture is on all the ads. I wasn’t familiar with his accomplishments and didnt realize how successful he was until now. your site has taught me much about Dave, great pictures too.

Truly a shame that Dave lost his life at Indy.
40) Bill Murchinson 
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Friday, 24 February 2012 10:35 AM Write a comment

I have thought for a long time that Dave should be inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame and would love to see a start made by his friends and family to have him become a member. This past summer I had a chance to talk with Bob Bondurant about Dave.

If you think my idea is a good one, I would like to begin the preliminary procedure that would lead to induction.
39) Lawerence Kirkland 
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Friday, 24 February 2012 07:22 AM Write a comment

Hello, i’ve heard Dave MacDonald’s name mentioned from time to time, and after seeing stories about him in both Vette & Corvette magazine this month (i have ’09 vette), i decided to check him out. Wow, first let me say that your site is absolutely amazing, so many old photos & news articles and race details, very very nice, lost a couple hours in there today. But I do have new respect for Dave MacDonald now, the driver and the man. Thanks for a great site.
38) Don Devine 
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Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:12 PM Write a comment

Hey, I know you are a Cobra/Dave McDonald Fan Club but PLEASE check the facts regarding Mcdonald Cobra LAPPING the Scarab. After Jerry Grant Lotus 19 dropped out on lap 50, the Scarab had a duell with Chuck Parsons Lotus 23 until a 10 cent washer went into the differential gear set and chewed up the teeth on the Hewland gears and the vibration sheared the brake lines on lap 62. Parsons finished 3 laps ahead of Dave Mcdonald. I was there and felt the Vibrations. Sorry!

DAVE McDONALD WAS A GREAT DRIVER!
37) Geoff Handel 
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Saturday, 18 February 2012 05:52 AM Write a comment

I was about 9 years old when Dave went to Indy in 1964. Having read about his racing success on the west coast, I was sure that he would excell at Indy after a couple of years racing in the 500; it was stunning for me to have heard the tragic news about his untimely passing on lap 2 of the "64" 500. I believe that Dave felt obligated to Mickey Thompson, when he knew that the car was not handling properly, yet he made his decision to follow through on his commitment to race it.

To Dave’s wife and his son, Dave was one of my early hero’s, and I will never forget about him;

Sincerly, Geoffrey Handel, Clifton, NJ.
36) Bill Haneline 
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Saturday, 28 January 2012 11:02 AM Write a comment

Dave McDonald was my childhood racing hero. His sideways driving style really made an impression on me. As a kid my dad took me to all the road races in SoCal in the early 60’s and when the V-8’s took to the track I’d be there hanging on the snow fencing! Somewhere I still have a 32nd scale Corvette I painted blue and white with double zero numbers!
35) Mike Herbert 
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Sunday, 22 January 2012 09:14 PM Write a comment

I deeply respect the profound legacy Dave has in racing. I, too, think of him every year at Indy.
34) Mike Clements 
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Monday, 12 December 2011 10:54 PM Write a comment

I grew up in the era when Dave McDonald raced. I was fortunate in that I was able to actually see him race a few times. These races were in 1963 and early 64. He drove the 64 Stroppe Mercurys when I watched him race. I also have a video of him testing out the new 63 Corvette Stingrays at high speed. Nice website,
33) Harry Anderson Jr. 
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Wednesday, 23 November 2011 12:25 PM Write a comment

I’ve written two nostagflic novels, The GTO Kid and Paul in Rosa. In the GTO Kid the infamous crsh is explained twice. In Paul & rosa The crash is mentioned as Paul and his cousin Adam (The GTO Kid) are listening to the race no the radio. In another scene The crash is mentioned but towrds the end of the chapter Paul says macDonald is still a winner inhis book despite the infamous crash.

The GTO Kid is at the AuthorHouse Bookstore website at AuthorHouse.com. Any questions feel free to drop[me an e-mail of drop me a line at 1-313-957-8051. Thank you for this site. I’ve learned a lot. I was kind of young in 1964 to know about the crash, but reber the Cobra and other muscle cars like the GTO, Stingray and the Mustang
32) Dave Adams 
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Thursday, 17 November 2011 06:54 PM Write a comment

I was just getting interested in racing as a young kid in 1965 and therefore knew of Dave MacDonald only as "The guy who caused that terrible wreck at Indy last year". Many years later after reading Michael Antonick’s excellent book about west coast Corvette racers I finally realized what an amazing talent Dave really was and how truly respected he was by his colleagues, some of whom were the best in the business.

Since then I have been fascinated by this obviously exceptionally talented racer whose life was so very unfortunately cut short. Big-league racing was a terribly dangerous business back in the 1960s and Dave was one of the unfortunate ones, but it is obvious that had he lived his face would have been on that big trophy soon enough. Condolences to his wife and kids and my hope is that you have the greatest memories of this truly great man
31) wayne wachtell 
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Sunday, 11 September 2011 07:35 PM Write a comment

DAVE I remember you from racing in the 1960s! I still follow racing and remember you every may during the Indy 500 R I P!!
30) John Moseley 
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Sunday, 29 May 2011 08:14 PM Write a comment

I was a neighbor of Dave’s and lived on Cogswell Avenue. He had a Whizzer bicycle with a motor and he would give the kids rides down Hallwood and back. It was just amazing to ride behind him at full speed. An unforgettable thrill for a 7 year old. i followed his entire care...
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