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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...
29) Rob Staley 
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Thursday, 5 May 2011 08:14 PM Write a comment

I still remember the day we lost your dad. This site is a great tribute to his memory. The races I most remember him in were the 1963 Times Grand Prix at Riverside ( the race was shown on CBS Sports Spectacular ) and the 1964 Daytona Continental ( shown on ABC’s Wide World of Sports).

So glad that a new legion of fans can witness some of his exploits.
28) Doug Straley 
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Tuesday, 3 May 2011 06:22 AM Write a comment

Hello Sherry and Richie, Its been such a long time since I’ve seen you two and it’ll take a bit of head scratching to remember I’m sure. I was the 10 yr old Douglas that lived in the house behind you and George & Marie. I used to come over to help Dave hold heaters while doing fiberglass work on his Corvettes, went home itching and caught all heck for it but I loved it. I raced quarter midgets at the time and sometimes used your front yard lawn to turn around and go back down the long driveway. Even though I tried to be gentle on your lawn still caught heck for that two. Hope you forgave me. I think about Dave often and really miss him, HE WAS MY HERO and still is. I fight back the tears every time. I’ve told his story to many, especially to my son who has done some racing also. About a year ago I spoke to a gentleman who knows you and learned you have been doing well. Just wanted to say Hi and let you know my prayers are still with you all and Dave. Its been about 46 years since then, so I only knew you and Richie but send love to all of your family.

I will never forget.

Doug
27) gene Turner 
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Monday, 2 May 2011 03:45 PM Write a comment

hi sherry! just wanted to say that it was an honor meeting your and your family at augusta event honoring dave.i attended the usrrc race that he won and the nascar race he finished second behind fireball roberts. i was only fourteen,but it seems like yesterday. i still read your daughter’s poem about dad,on occasions. take care, gene turner
26) Wayne Haynes 
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Thursday, 14 April 2011 12:24 PM Write a comment

Hello, I just wanted to tell you how much of an honor it was meeting Shery @ AUGUSTA , for the first annual racing event in 2006, honoring Dave and Glen, together. I was hired by the late Pam Roberts Trivette years ago. She was like a sister to me. Wayne Haynes..

Galaxieland Chapter founder, Director... Ford Galaxie Club of America... Fireball Roberts Inc. Historical Director...
25) Chris Richards 
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Saturday, 2 April 2011 01:14 PM Write a comment

Hello- I’m searching for information/pictures of the Stan Peterson Sunbeam Tiger. Stan Peterson was involved in many venues of racing in the 60s and probably bumped cars with Dave. The Sunbeam Tiger won the NHRA Championship at Vaca Speedway in May 1965, then ran at Bonneville later. I recently realized my old Race Beaut Tiger is the Stan Peterson Tiger and plan to restore to the condition at the time of May 1965. Any help or contacts would be greatly appreciated.

Regards-Chris Richards
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