March 21, 1964 - Dave MacDonald drives Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX2287 in the 12 HRS of Sebring - This race followed the Coupe's
debut in the Daytona Continental 2000km three weeks earlier. In that race MacDonald & Holbert held a 2 1/2 lap lead before a freak fire
in the pits ended the debut. Here at the 12hrs of Sebring, the Daytona Coupe would be pitted against the worlds best cars and drivers and
Carroll Shelby again would choose Dave MacDonald & Bob Holbert to drive CSX2287.
Loa Angeles Times article speculating who in Shelby's vast arsenal of drivers might be paired together and in what cars.
Prior to the race, Dave MacDonald got into an argument with the Sebring police and was thrown in jail! Story: With hordes of local and
Citation Dave MacDonald received from the Highlands County Sheriff Dept in Florida. Charge was dissmissed.
With the previous nights distractions behind them the Shelby crew gets down to business for the day's big race. The 12hrs of Sebring
was one of the biggest and richest races in the world in 1963 and was broadcast in dozens of countries. The Goodyear Blimp hovered
above to provide aerial shots of the race. Photo Dave Friedman
Shelby crewmwmbers position the Pete Brock designed Cobra Daytona Coupe on the grid for MacDonald and Holbert. CSX2287 is
lined up next to the Prototype Ferrari of Mike Parkes & Umberto Maglioli and who could have known that of the 65 cars to start this 12
hour race that these two cars would be class winners and share the winners circle later that night?
Crew member Charlie Agapiou (L) and Dave MacDonald (R) share a light moment with Bob Holbert. Photo Dave Friedman
Bob Holbert (helmet) and co-pilot Dave MacDonald (C) as Bob prepares for the first shift in the Daytona Coupe CSX2287. (Friedman)
Next MacDonald (L) heads over to talk with Cobra teammate Dan Gurney. Dan will take the first shift in the Cobra Roadster he'll share
with Bob Johnson. Photo Dave Friedman
Gurney looks ready! Photo Dave Friedman
Drivers move across the track to prepare for the LeMans start. Penske's Grand Sport is next to the Daytona Coupe. Photo Dave Friedman
Photo Dave Friedman
Before the gun sounds many drivers are already near their cars. Video of this race is in Dave's Racing Video section and you can hear
the narrator say "The driver's have jumped the gun earlier than they ever done before". Photo Dave Friedman
MacDonald teammate Dan Gurney leaps into Shelby Cobra CSX2259. [Dave Friedman / THF]
Lodovico Scarfiotti is first off the grid. Bob Bondurant is also out fast as he has his Cobra Roadster in the middle of the track.
Roger Penske's white Corvette Grand Sport is out 3rd. Photo Dave Friedman
Holbert (#10) and Gurney (#11) get out at the same time and tuck in behind the #17 independent Cobra Roadster driven by Charlie
Hayes, who is behind Roger Penske Corvette. The #24 Ferrari is driven by Graham Hill & Jo Bonnier. Photo Dave Friedman
Scarfiotti has his big Ferrari Prototype 275 out first followed by international superstar Pedro Rodriguez in Ferrari Prototype 330.
Cars come round for lap 2 and it's John Surtees, Roger Penske & Pedro Rodriguez running 2-3-4. Photo Dave Friedman
Lap 3 and Dan Gurney moves his Cobra Roadster to the heels of the Pedro Rodriguez and challenges for 4th. Photo Dave Friedman
Still lap 3 and Bob Holbert has the Daytona Coupe running 8th and looking to move on Charlie Hayes' Cobra. Photo Dave Friedman
John Surtees & Pedro Rodriguez in Prototype 330 Ferraris running 2-3 while Roger Penske is 4th. Penske, as with all the Corvette Grand
Sports, is running in the big Prototype division with the Ferrari 275 & 330's, Lola's, Porsche 904's and others. Photo Dave Friedman
Later in Holbert's shift he leads a pair of Cobras through the turns. Photo Dave Friedman
Charlie Kolb's Prototype Ferrari leads Charlie Hayes' Cobra and the Ferrari GTO 250 driven by Carlo Abate (#31). Photo Friedman
AJ Foyt powers his Corvette Grand Sport through a turn ahead of the Cobras of Ken Miles (#1) & Joe Schessler. Photo Dave Friedman
Lap 31 and Charlie Kolb's beautiful Ferrari catches fire. No injuries but he, O'Brien & Hutchinson are done for the day. Photo Friedman
Porsche 904 GTS of Briggs Cunningham and Ferrari driven by Lodovico Scarfiotti blast through a turn early in the race. Photo Friedman
Dave MacDonald performs pit crew duty as he alerts Holbert to pit in 3 laps for a driver change. Photo Dave Friedman
Holbert brings the Coupe in for Dave MacDonald to start his first shift. Al Dowd cleans the windshield while teammate Dan Gurney,
who had just brought his Cobra in for a driver change, briefs MacDonald on track conditions. Photo Dave Friedman
Dave MacDonald starts his shift running 3rd in GT and 11th overall and heads out after the leading Ferrari Prototypes. Photo Friedman
Jim Hall takes over for Penske and has his Prototype Corvette behind Don Yenko's Ferrari. Don Westor's Porsche 356B 3000 is behind.
Dave MacDonald moving through the field is running 6th OA midway through his first shift. Here he goes by David Piper in the Ferrari
GTO 250 he shares with Mike Gammino. Photo Dave Friedman
Augie Pabst/Walt Hangsen struggle with their Mecom Lola Mk.6 GT and are an early casuality, they drop out on lap 45. Photo Bill Stowe
Lap 49 and the Austin Healy 3000 driven Paddy Hopkirk & Grant Clark flips off the track. No injuries. Photo Dave Friedman
Lorenzo Bandini now behind the wheel of the #21 Ferrari is side by side with Graham Hill's Ferrari going by the start finish. (Friedman)
After taking over for Dan Gurney, Bob Johnson comes up on the heels of Larry Perkins' Ferrari GTO. Photo Dave Friedman
Jim Hall has the Corvette Grand Sport ahead of a pack of Ferraris & Porsches through a turn. Photo Dave Friedman
MacDonald flying through the 5.3 mile Sebring course will pit for a driver change at the 4 hr mark. Photo Dave Friedman
MacDonald brings the Coupe in and tells Gurney and the crew that the heat inside the cockpit is unbearable.
Driver's did not have special shoes in those days and most races Dave wore basic high top Jets sneakers. Here Dan Gurney helps Dave
cool his feet by removing his shoes and socks.
Legendary fabricator Phil Remington immediately went to work cutting a hole in the roof of the Daytona Cobra in an effort to help keep
the drivers cool. Bob Holbert was then sent back out for his shift with the Daytona Cobra running in the top 5.
Dave MacDonald continues cooling his feet as he walks barefoot in the pits while Holbert pilots CSX2287. Dave's teammate Dan Gurney
far left. Photo Dave Friedman.
Bob Holbert back on the track and clearly evident is the hole in the Daytona Coupe's roof. Photo Dave Friedman.
Harry Heuer has his Ferrari (#32) ahead of the Ferrari driven by Corvette star Dick Thompson. Photo Dave Friedman.
Classic Ford vs Chevy as Ken Miles fights to keep his Cobra Roadster ahead of AJ Foyt's Corvette Grand Sport. Photo Dave Friedman.
Briggs Cunningham's Porsche leading Don Yenko's Ferrari during afternoon racing. Photo Dave Friedman.
Below: Bob Johnson driving the Cobra Roadster he shares with Dan Gurney is now 4th OA & 1st GT at the 6-hr mark
Phil Hill charging hard and has the Cobra Roadster he shares with Joe Schessler running in 7th OA
Roger Penske has the Corvette Grand Sport Prototype in the top ten overall midway through the 12hr Sebring grind. Photo Bill Stowe
Remington, Shelby, Miles and MacDonald talk strategy as Dave prepares for his next tour of duty in the Coupe. Photo Dave Friedman.
Dave MacDonald back in the spectacular Daytona Cobra Coupe and charging after Enzo's boys. Photo Dave Friedman.
At the 7hr mark and 113 laps in, the Ferrari 250 GTO/64 of Carlo Maria Abate & Jean Guichet is DQ'd for illegal assistance.
7hr mark and Bob Bondurant & Lew Spencer are driving a great race. Bondurant here with their Cobra in 6th OA position. Photo Stowe
Dave MacDonald charging hard as he leads the Colgate/Baker driven Austin-Healy through a turn. Photo Dave Friedman.
Briggs Cunningham & Lake Underwood have their Porsche 904 GTS close behind Bondurant and in 9th position OA. Photo Bill Kutz
The Jerry Grant/Skip Hudson Corvette Stingray running in the GT class occupies the 14th OA spot at the 8hr mark. Photo Bill Stowe
Dave MacDonald puts another lap on the #55 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ driven by Bussinello/Biscaldi/Sanesi. Photo Dave Friedman
MacDonald with a bit of body roll in CSX2287 as he chases teammate Lew Spencer. [Dave Friedman]
On lap 140 Graham Hill pits his Ferrari 330 Prototype with gearbox troubles. They are done for the day. Photo Dave Friedman
Dan Gurney has his Cobra Roadster ahead of Roger Penske's Corvette Grand Sport. Photo Dave Friedman
Dave MacDonald blasts through a turn. The Coupe is firmly in 4th OA and still chasing the Ferrari Prototypes. Photo Dave Friedman
GT Division leader Dave MacDonald goes thru the Sebring road course ahead of Prototype leader Pedro Rodriguez. [Dave Friedman]
MacDonald was a top notch mechanic and always worked on his race cars. This proved valuable to crews as Dave was not only able to
describe whatever problems the car was experiencing but also recommend the exact resolution. Below: Dave debriefs with crew after his
shift.(L-R) Carroll Shelby, Dave MacDonald, Peyton Cramer, Al Dowd and Charlie Agapiou. You can see the rudimentary padding the
crew fashioned to help insulate Dave's leg. Photo Dave Friedman.
Night begins to fall and the drivers will use headlights to guide their way through the rest of the race. Photo Dave Friedman
3 1/2 hrs to go and Holbert has the Daytona Coupe running 5th overall and 2nd GT. Photo Dave Friedman
With Bob Holbert still out on the track Dave MacDonald monitors Bob's lap times. Photo Dave Friedman
Dave MacDonald prepares for the final shift and with the Coupe's cockpit hotter than ever the crew discusses various types of hose
insulation applications that would let the hot air escape. Photo Dave Friedman
Lew Spencer enters the pits moments before Holbert and Lew turns his Cobra over to co-pilot Bob Bondurant. MacDonald and Bondurant
talk strategy before both men head out to finish the race in their respective cars. Photo Dave Friedman
Bondurant prepares to leave first and MacDonald will soon follow in the Daytona Coupe. Ken Miles (R) looks on. Photo Dave Friedman
Dave MacDonald, with legs padded for insulation, carries the ventilation hose over to be be fitted in CSX2287. Photo Dave Friedman
Dave MacDonald climbs back in the Daytona Coupe. They're still 1st GT/4th OA, trailing the three Ferrari Prototypes. Photo Friedman
Fuel load is topped off and last minute encouragemnent given to MacDonald. (Photo credit unknown)
With MacDonald buttoned up for the final leg, the Shelby crew sends him out to finish the race. Dave finished strong and when he hit the
12 hour mark the team was credited with with 209 laps completed - putting Dave & Bob 4th OA and 1st GT. This was the highest ever
finish for an American team. Photo Dave Friedman
Stirling Moss interviews overall winners Mike Parkes & Umberto Maglioli in their Prototype Ferrari 275. They are credited with covering
1,112.8 miles at an average speed of 92.364 mph ... both are new records for Sebring's 12 hr endurance race. Photo Dave Friedman
But perhaps the biggest winners were the Americans. Carroll Shelby's Daytona Cobra Coupe, driven by Dave MacDonald & Bob Holbert
finished 1st in the all important GT Class and were awarded 30 valuable points toward the 1964 championship. Since there are no guidelines
or restrictions put on the Prototype class, no points are awarded for the this division. The points launched Shelby's Cobras ahead of Ferrari
and marking the first time ever an American team had lead Ferrari in the race for the world championship. Photo Dave Friedman
Holbert puts the victory wreath on MacDonald and the celebration continues. Photo Dave Friedman
This historic victory was also very significant for Dave MacDonald. The win completed the cycle for Dave and he became the man who
drove each of Shelby's legendary Cobra's - The Cobra Roadster 260, Cobra Roadster 289, King Cobra, King Cobra-Lang Cooper &
Cobra Daytona Coupe to their first-ever victories! Photo Dave Friedman
Dan Gurney (R) joins the fun. The Dan Gurney/Bob Johnson Cobra Roadster was credited with an 11th place finish. Photo Dave Friedman
Al Dowd, Peyton Cramer, Carrol Shelby, Dave MacDonald & Bob Holbert check out the hole in Coupe's roof. Photo Dave Friedman
America (1st in Grand Touring) and Italy (1st Prototype/Overall) celebrating together at the post-race press conference. L-R Americans
Dave MacDonald & Bob Holbert and Italian drivers Umberto Maglioli & Mike Parkes
American Dave MacDonald & Italian team driver Mike Parkes congratulate each other. Photo Dave Friedman
Video of the 1964 12hrs of Sebring can be seen in Dave's Racing video section
Shelby team at the post race trophy presentation. Dave MacDonald is second from right. Courtesy Road & Track
Shelby American's provisional race results sheet for the 1964 12hrs of Sebring endurance race
News articles recapping the 1964 12hrs of Sebring endurance race. MacDonald & Holbert finish 1st GT & 4th OA
Shelby American prise money breakdown
Shelby American pay breakdown from sponsor Autolite
Dave MacDonald's whopping paycheck for winning one of the biggest races in the world - my how things have changed. And what's
Dave MacDonald's 1964 Sebring drivers/pit pass