Dave MacDonald was a top notch mechanic and here he works with the crew to build the new King Cobra-Lang Cooper.
Olympia Brewery heir Craig Lang (L) purchased the car and even turned a wrench now and then during construction. The
car would be tagged CM/1/64 and run under the Shelby American banner with MacDonald the sole driver. Dave is second
from right. Photo Dave Friedman

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

MacDonald (L) and Lang cram the powerful 289ci Ford engine in to the lightweight racer. Photo Dave Friedman

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

Photo courtesy of Dave Friedman

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

Photo courtesy of Dave Friedman

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

Craig Lang. Photo courtesy of Dave Friedman

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

Photo courtesy of Dave Friedman

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

The finished product! This is how the just completed King Cobra Lang-Cooper looked for its debut race at Phoenix International
Raceway in April 1964. In this race Dave beat out Skip Hudson, Bobby Unser, Chuck Parsons, Ken Miles, Lothar Motschenbacher,
George Folmer, Jerry Titus, Ed Leslie & many others to score the Lang Cooper's first-ever victory. Below: Chief mechanic Wally
Peat (R) & car owner Craig Lang (L) prepare the car for the starting grid while Charlie Agapou is to the left. Photo Friedman

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

MacDonald scores victory in the Shelby King Cobra Lang-Cooper's debut race at Phoenix! Photo Dave Friedman

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

Dave MacDonald ran the Lang two more times - once here at Riverside Raceway on April 26, 1964 where he had more than a half
lap lead on the field when the transmission locked up. Photo Dave Friedman

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

And then 2 weeks later (5/5/64) at Laguna Seca where Dave finished 2nd to Jim Hall and his mighty Chaparral. Photo Dave Friedman

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

Unfortunately this is how the King Cobra Lang Cooper looked a week later at the May 10, 1964 USRRC Championships at Kent
Washington. Dave MacDonald was scheduled to drive the car at Kent but was also flying back and forth to Indy qualifying Mickey
Thompson's low slung racer for the 500. Shelby had Holbert out performing tire tests on the Lang when he lost it on the rain soaked
course. With the Lang now totaled, Carroll had Dave step into Bob's King Cobra and Dave won the Kent race, outdueling Jim Hall
and Hap Sharp in Chaparrals. This would be Dave's last race - and win - before the fateful '64 Indy 500.

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

Photo Dave Friedman

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

Photo Dave Friedman

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

The Lang King Cobra's remains went back to Carroll's Shelby's California shop and then discarded. Photo Dave Friedman

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

And there goes the CM/1/64 chassis into the trash! Photo Dave Friedman

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

Shelby reassembled a new car using salvaged parts and a new chassis flown in from England. Peter Brock designed a new body and
they hired fabricator Don Edmunds to shape it. This is how the new Lang Cooper II looked for is debut race at the 1964 LA Times GP
at Riverside. Unfortunately before the car was finished Shelby American had lost #1 driver Dave MacDonald in a crash at the 1964
Indy 500 so Carroll selected team driver Ed Leslie to run the Times GP. Leslie ran a strong race and scored an impressive 4th place
finish against a field of world class cars and drivers. (Dave was reigning LA Times Grand Prix champion). Photo Dave Friedman

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

Same 1964 LA Times GP race shows a trio of King Cobras surounding Jim Clark's Lotus. Richie Ginther in #92, Jim Clark in #15,
Ronnie Bucknum in #95 & Ed Leslie in the #97 King Cobra Lang Cooper II. Photo Dave Friedman

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

This is how the car looks today (2008). Current owner Claude Nahum hired none other than Peter Brock to do a throrough restoration
and the King Cobra Lang Cooper II looks as stunning today as it did in the sixties! Photo courtesy of Peter & Gayle Brock and
Vintage MotorSport

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

Photo courtesy of Peter & Gayle Brock and Vintage MotorSport

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

Photo courtesy of Peter & Gayle Brock and Vintage MotorSport

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

The Lang Cooper King Cobra does a little vintage racing these days. Photo courtesy of Peter & Gayle Brock and Vintage MotorSport

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

Pictured below is driver Charlie Hayes, chief mechanic Wally Peat (kneeling) and car owner Craig Lang (standing).

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

Photo courtesy of Peter & Gayle Brock and Vintage MotorSport

Dave MacDonald and the Carroll Shelby Lang King Cobra

Slot car models of the Shelby King Cobra-Lang Cooper

Dave MacDonald in the Carroll Shelby Lang Cooper King Cobra at Phoenix International Raceway

Dave MacDonald in the Carroll Shelby Lang Cooper King Cobra at Phoenix International Raceway

Dave MacDonald in the Carroll Shelby Lang Cooper King Cobra at Phoenix International Raceway

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