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89) Adam Wells 
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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 05:53 AM Write a comment

I had the pleasure of meeting Rich MacDonald at Barrett Jackson Scottsdale this year 2018. We spoke of our passion for cars and I had no idea the experience I was about to encounter. We started our conversation about the Cobras that drew me into the Superformance dislpay booth, Rich must have felt comfortable with my presence because he had began to tell me of his fathers legacy. His story had moved me, as a young boy loosing his father and never really knowing his full story and contribution to motorsport history. He continued to tell me of the story of his father and the research he did to understand his legacy. When I got home from Scottsdale I looked up the website Rich had put together to document and memorialize his father. I must say I was very moved information gathered. The journey through his short career was sadly cut short by that day at Indy. Reading of his death and the emotions his widow and children must have gone through, resonated through my heart as I continued to read. I was so blessed and thankful this gentleman, Rich MacDonald had taken a few moments in my life to share a piece of his intimate life with me and continue the legacy of his father. I am deeply saddened by this families loss, although they have all moved on with their lives. A piece of their hearts will always be heavy with the loss of a great husband, father and icon of the history of motorsports. Thank you Rich for sharing your story, I feel I have gained a new friend through our love of racing and automobiles. I hope someday we will speak again.

God Bless you and your family,
Adam Wells
88) Bill Lesshafft 
Augusta, Georgia
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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 03:32 PM Write a comment

Very nice website keeping alive a great guy.

I was 14 years old living in Louisville, Ky listening to the race on radio. What a gut wrenching and tragic day.
87) Dr. Eric M. Schiffer 
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Friday, 29 December 2017 11:05 AM Write a comment

Great tribute to a talented driver.
86) ClaudiaSed 
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85) Dave and Grace Cargni 
West Linn, Oregon
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Sunday, 20 August 2017 03:00 PM Write a comment

Hello Rich
It was such a pleasure meeting you in Carmel this weekend, learning about your father's racing legacy and the privilege to purchase the Dave MacDonald 198 Cobra from you.
Our lives have been enriched by this experience, we look forward to meeting your mom and to what ever else the future will bring as a result of metting you.

Hugs, Grace and Dave
84) Sharon G 
Boston, MA
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Saturday, 22 July 2017 03:03 PM Write a comment

Thank you for creating this wonderful website full of so many great memories of a great man and a unique time for auto racing!

I found this when looking up my husband's late father and doing some ancestry investigation. We did not know how involved he was in developing the Shelby Cobra! The information and pictures you posted have been very helpful.

We are sorry to hear of Dave McDonald's passing. He was a dear, and talented, man and is greatly missed by many.Thank you and be well!

Warmly, Sharon G. >X
83) Jim Housman 
Sebastopol, CA
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Saturday, 22 July 2017 10:19 AM Write a comment

I noticed in the listing of all of Dave's races that he raced in Del Mar in December of 1961 and the result was (?). I was at that race and saw Dave win. I remember that he diced with a Porsche 356 throughout the race. He blasted past the Porsche on the straight, the Porsche ate him up on the curvy section. He won because the finish line was on the straight. It may have been the first road race I attended and I remember it like it was yesterday!
82) Kurt Santy 
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Saturday, 10 June 2017 12:51 PM Write a comment

My deepest sympathies for the loss of Dave MacDonald and great respect for all the courageous drivers at the Indy 500
81) Joe Epps 
Carrollton Va 23314
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Sunday, 7 May 2017 04:27 PM Write a comment

Just finished the book"Black Noon", thoroughly enjoyed it. I work for Audrain Auto Museum in Newport Road Island. We have the 3/63 Cooper Monaco that Dave won with before before he died at Indy. We are presently completely restoring the car. It is such a privilege to have a piece of history and to able to preserve it for the future! Dave was truly a great driver!!!!!!!!!
80) Dave Back 
Wilmington, DE
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Friday, 21 April 2017 07:34 PM Write a comment

(80) Hello,

When I was twelve years old my Dad took me to the 1964 Indianapolis 500.

In recent years I have digitized the photos my Dad took of the pace car laps at Indianapolis and would be happy to share them with you.

Thank you for putting together this awesome web site.


Admin Sunday, 2 July 2017 09:46 AM
Thank you for your comment Dave. The MacDonald family would love to see your Indy photos! I will reach out to you by email
79) Tom P 
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Thursday, 6 April 2017 10:32 PM Write a comment

Rich and Vicki must have been babies when their father died? It is great the family gets to attend all these functions and stay involved and keep Dave's memory alive.
78) Tom Burke 
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Monday, 27 March 2017 08:01 AM Write a comment

I hope that I am correct in this recollection,as it has been many, many years, but I recall a picture (that I don't see here), either in R&T or Sports Car Graphic, early in Dave's career, where he was being doused with water in the cockpit of a sports racer of some kind, on a very hot day at some track (Riverside?). Even at my young age then, the picture struck me as the quintessential young driver, giving everything for the sake of competition.I have looked for it since then, but I've not found it.In any case, thank you for making this website. It brought back some great memories. Tom B.

Admin Sunday, 2 April 2017 12:14 PM
Thank you for the comment Tom. The photo you're referring to is from the 1963 LA Times Grand Prix at Riverside where Dave ran Shelby King Cobra CM/1/63 to victory. Go here to see several photos of Dave getting doused with water after the race: []
77) Steve Dixon 
panama city beach florida
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Monday, 6 March 2017 02:46 AM Write a comment

Daves friendship with my father,and visits to his home had a hug influence on my fascination of fast cars,especially the midget racers in his garage.I am in the middle of building a tribute 69 ZL-1 Vette and would love it if one of your family could friend me on face book as I would love to do something to honor him on my car.My dads name was Max,a good friend of Travis,and my dad had a 58 triump tr-3 with a 283 if that rings anyones bell.I will always remember the thrill of the rides when my father and I would come to visit!Thanks for your consideration,and all of Daves contrabutions to the sport.Best Regards,Steve
76) Peter D. 
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Saturday, 18 February 2017 05:29 PM Write a comment

It's hard to read any report about US road racing in the early 1960's without coming across the name of Dave McDonald. He was obviously quite a talented driver. No doubt, had he lived Dave's name would be as well known today as those of AJ, Dan, and Mario are.
Your site is a great way for those of us who were too young at the time to learn more about the man.
75) Scott 
Middletown, Ohio
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Monday, 18 July 2016 12:45 PM Write a comment

I was born in 1972. The Indy 500 was/is the only sporting event that my father cared about. We would make sure we were watching it every Memorial Day and since then I have been to 15 500s. I just read the book Black Noon, that lead to googling for more information about Mr. Macdonald and Mr. Sacks. I came across this website and spent several hours looking at the history here. You have a wonderful website! Its a very nice tribute!
74) roxanne hill 
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Friday, 27 May 2016 12:40 PM Write a comment

hello to the Mcdonald family,

Shelley, I don't know if you remember my father, Milt Hill. we heard a lot about Dave from him. My brother and I got to meet him up at laguna seca when my dad took us into the pits.
My dad thought a great deal of your Dave. I remember my brother and I being so proud to have met him.
please contact me if you wish.
73) Fred Kraft 
Pasadena Ca
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Friday, 22 January 2016 11:54 AM Write a comment

Superb! It is nice to see a website dedicated to the races of Dave MacDonald. He was the favorite sports car driver of our group of friends and this brings me back to so many fond memories. We saw Dave race in California and at the riverside race track I recall he won a couple of races. Dave was truly a gifted driver. Thank you
72) charlie 
laguna niguel ca
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Thursday, 14 January 2016 06:57 PM Write a comment

I had an employee that spoke a lot of Dave mac Donald and said he was related to Dave his name was Duncan MacDonald from el monte ca, he spoke about going to the races, had old photos and programs from many of the races shown and told many of the story’s on your website.
71) Dave Musikoff 
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Thursday, 30 July 2015 06:45 PM Write a comment

So glad that Dave is being remembered. I saw him drive many times, and felt he was definitely one of the very best. And, I remember how saddened I was to hear of his tragic death. One of my favorite photos I shot of him was as he accelerated hard out of the final turn before the pits at Laguna Seca driving Shelby's King Cobra in 1963, with a big grin on his face. That's how I remember him.
70) Frank Temple 
Washington USA
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Monday, 20 July 2015 10:37 AM Write a comment

This is an excellent site! Thank you for keeping Dave's memory alive. Drivers like Dave don't come along often, he had talent very few others could match. Sad day in racing when he died
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