1963 Road America 500 - Dave MacDonald & Bob Bondurant win GT Class in Shelby Cobra CSX2136

  • Published on Sep 8, 2016
  • SAI teammates Dave MacDonald and Bob Bondurant co-drive Shelby Cobra Roadster CSX2136 - jointly entered by Steve McQueen & Carroll Shelby - to a 1st in GT & 4th OA finish in the 1963 Road America 500 at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
    Shelby American entries finished this grueling 500 mile event 2-4-6 overall in a field of 61 sports cars. Winning time was 5 hrs 56 min
    Other notable finishers:
    Augie Pabst/John Wuesthoff 1st OA in an Elva Mk.7 Porsche - 5 hrs 56 mins
    Ken Miles/Bob Holbert 2nd overall in a modified Cobra 289 Roadster
    Roger Penske 7th overall in a Mecom owned Ferrari 250 GTO
    Briggs Cunningham/John Fitch 20th overall in a Jaguar E-type roadster
    Lew Spencer/Bob Johnson finished 2nd GT & 6th overall in Cobra Roadster joint entered by Shelby & Vic Damone

Comments • 69

  • J. Swan
    J. Swan 2 years ago +25

    My father, Joseph B. Swanson was driving his #58
    Elva Mk VI in this race. He finished 26th overall and 14th in class.

      JOHN FRANCO Year ago

      The new grassroots is lemons

    • Gary Goodlund
      Gary Goodlund 2 years ago +4

      Congratulation to Mr. Swanson!! That's what built SCCA racing. Not everyone had the funds to support a top flight racing team, then or now. Many weekend racers had to feed the family first and go racing with whatever fit the budget. I crewed for several different teams and rode the crash truck for many years with SCCA and enjoyed (nearly) every minute of it. That is what built the "grass-roots" sports car racing after WWII in the US.

  • Richard C
    Richard C 2 years ago +4

    I had a Shelby CSX 4000 series Cobra, what a blast to drive.
    I had the honor of visiting with both Carroll and Bob several times when I was a Shelby Dealer.

  • jb19511
    jb19511 11 months ago +2

    This is a wonderful video! I got such a kick out of seeing/hearing a young Roger Penske. You can see how analytical he is even as a young driver.

  • Rock Dog
    Rock Dog 2 years ago +13

    This is the kind of racing I grew up with. My Dad raced in SCCA in central California. I literally grew up in the pits there.

    • SGTJDerek
      SGTJDerek 2 years ago

      @carlsagan lives Charlotte was off the hook. So was Rockingham and Martinsville. Back when Rubbing was Racing 😁

    • carlsagan lives
      carlsagan lives 2 years ago +1

      @SGTJDerek That's a damn shame, Sarge. I was lucky to have beautiful Road America nearby.We also saw stock cars at Shawano Speedway,and the Milwaukee Mile.Wouldn't mind checking out Talladega or Charlotte,though.

    • SGTJDerek
      SGTJDerek 2 years ago +1

      I grew up in the heart of NASCAR Country but I wish Trans Am Racing had of gotten better coverage. Even the IMSA races of the time couldn't be found. Forget Rally Racing or Baja.

  • Kevin Black
    Kevin Black 4 years ago +10

    Each car was so unique! No problem telling them apart.

  • 351 Charlie
    351 Charlie 5 years ago +18

    I won a few sales contests back when I was selling Fords during the 80's - Twice I got to spend a day with Bob Bondurant and NASCAR's T-Bird drivers at Ford's huge proving grounds in Romeo. It was the most fun I've ever had, driving 140+ MPH on the huge 5 mile oval and learning how to race on the road courses.

  • Kyle K
    Kyle K 8 months ago +2

    Dude lost his front left wheel and STILL kept racing. That's bad ass!

  • DrummuseTimbo
    DrummuseTimbo 2 years ago +2

    Great vintage racing!! Thanks for posting. Cheers!

  • carlsagan lives
    carlsagan lives 2 years ago +2

    500 miles, 1 pit stop at 250? On a freaking ROAD COURSE? Gotta love it.

  • Kellie Nicole Brooks Schettino

    I started racing Moto GP in 87 and this was the only track I really want to race on being 3.4miles nice and long flat out at 120mph plus all days nice sweeping corners.

  • Matthew Rawls
    Matthew Rawls 2 years ago +2

    So many famous drivers in the same race is amazing to me. Too bad I wasn't born a decade earlier...

  • hans hoogendyk
    hans hoogendyk 2 months ago

    Got to love these old racing videos, especially the race track safety features hay bails protected by sturdy trees, long before Armco took over that job,

  • caribman10
    caribman10 2 years ago +1

    Think of a time when a well designed race car FIVE YEARS OLD could still be considered a threat for the overall win. Drum brakes. Only a four speed transmission. Iron block V8. Actually street driveable (which they all were at one time or other). Scarab.

  • Racer X
    Racer X 2 years ago +14

    At 6:15 watch the wheel work of Ken Miles, 98 Cobra.

    • Maria Pires
      Maria Pires 9 months ago

      What a driver, what a car and so misunderstanding, isn´t it Mr. Ford?

    • Angelo Vella
      Angelo Vella 2 years ago +1


  • Damage98
    Damage98 9 months ago +1

    awesome, great circuit one of the best.

  • Racer X
    Racer X 9 months ago +1

    What a glorious time to live.

  • Larry Drozd
    Larry Drozd 2 years ago +5

    Amazing...these were just race cars then....now they're all a million dollars each!

  • Ian Irvin
    Ian Irvin 4 years ago +20

    All the cars were so beautiful...

  • James
    James 2 years ago +2

    I saw Dave McDonald and Eddie Sachs killed at the 1964 Indy 500. Both were terrific drivers. It was a sad day.

  • Kellie Nicole Brooks Schettino

    U know Shelby was one of my hero's and this racing is all on the track...he was saying how in Europe he became friends with Dino FERRARI Enzo brother and said he was a good friend an someone he learned from on his journey .

    • Dale Leslie
      Dale Leslie 2 years ago +3

      His Brother, Dino, died in 1916, same year as his Father died,Enzo had a Son also named Dino, it was Enzo's Son who was tight with Shelby..

  • Ray Nabozny
    Ray Nabozny 2 years ago +4

    Imagine if Ken Miles and Bob Bondurant were driving Daytona Coupes

    • J. Swan
      J. Swan 2 years ago +3

      Ken Miles was racing a 289 Cobra entered by Williamson Ford and Bob Bondurant was driving a Cobra entered by Steve McQueen/Shelby American.

  • J C
    J C 2 years ago +1

    That is the golden age of racing.... and what a smooth announcer too

    • Charlie Bay
      Charlie Bay 2 years ago

      Driving a bomb on wheels . . . Beautiful but deadly.

  • Irish Wannabe
    Irish Wannabe Year ago

    That shelby is just beautiful 😍

  • Kellie Nicole Brooks Schettino

    Penske right thou I love this track because it's long but it is hard on brakes because its so high speed your going a hundred every where got to love it...

  • Maria Pires
    Maria Pires 9 months ago +1

    Good old times and amasing races, iconic old racing cars and drivers, there are no more like this nowadays, never! Today is only politics and millions!

  • surgechecker18
    surgechecker18 4 years ago +2

    the Elva Mk VII Porsche won in irs first race out. Wow

  • liam2010ny
    liam2010ny 2 years ago +8

    "Spencer has lost his untightened front wheel and is running the whole course on his disc."

  • 289Cobra
    289Cobra 5 years ago +4


  • troynov1965
    troynov1965 2 years ago +3

    Can you imagine in todays values of these cars how much money is on that track....

  • Sha Up
    Sha Up 11 months ago


  • Kellie Nicole Brooks Schettino

    Hell of a race Gimmie a smoke....I love those days...scotch and soda sure...too

    • carlsagan lives
      carlsagan lives 2 years ago

      Hey, what happened to the trophy gals? Good times, kel!

  • Kellie Nicole Brooks Schettino

    Thanks great video man we have come a long way...who forgot the hey bales...

  • Kellie Nicole Brooks Schettino

    Thanks nice too see my favorite track in America in its infancy...guard rails we don't need know stinky guard rails...I love that just a race not even a hey bales any where great old foot age thanks...boy those cobras need a sway bar or two ....

  • Jeepers Creepers
    Jeepers Creepers 3 years ago +1

    The pits were dirt, crazy

  • lowell mccormick
    lowell mccormick 2 years ago +5

    The pace car looked like a Corvair.

  • caribman10
    caribman10 4 years ago +1

    Does anybody know if all three of Cunningham's E Types were factory "lightweight" cars?

    • caribman10
      caribman10 2 years ago

      @Timinator62 Two of the three, though I seem to recall the third one was hardly a just-off-the-street one. Thanks for the memory jog., and RSC is the 99% fact source for that era. We still have a problem with the '64 Bridgehampton race though...

  • Doug Auzene
    Doug Auzene 2 years ago +1

    Mom Knew Sports Cars & Loved These Cars/Drivers; Dad & Her Went To Nor/SoCal Tracks Before & After They Got Married!

  • guysmalley
    guysmalley Year ago

    Has to be exhausting race to run

  • PedroTérreo
    PedroTérreo 6 months ago

    R.I.P Bob, rev in peace o7

  • TheStevemcqueen68
    TheStevemcqueen68 5 years ago +3

    Great film, thank you

  • SGTJDerek
    SGTJDerek 2 years ago +1

    Ferrari was the endurance king? What the hell happened?

    • caribman10
      caribman10 2 years ago

      They stopped trying. Pretty simple. The 333 was the last gasp of top-line Ferrari racing sports cars, and they didn't even build that one...

  • Vianney
    Vianney Year ago

    Big thank' for this sharring!!

  • Tim Dowling
    Tim Dowling 3 months ago

    Gotta laugh at the Corvair Pace Car-

  • 59vaughn
    59vaughn 2 years ago


  • Machine Gun Nest
    Machine Gun Nest 5 years ago +7

    aprox 6 months later Dave Macdonald crashed and passed away

    • SGTJDerek
      SGTJDerek 2 years ago

      Unfortunately that was the norm back then. These guys clanked when they walked.

  • Mr. Blutarsky
    Mr. Blutarsky 7 months ago

    Those Scarabs were something else

  • steve nally
    steve nally 10 months ago

    "E Jag". It's E-Type Jag !

  • LDN Wholesale
    LDN Wholesale 2 years ago

    Roger Penske as a driver. Was he an owner as well?

    • caribman10
      caribman10 2 years ago

      Penske started out as a production sports car racer, graduated to Maserati Birdcages (winner) Cooper Monacos (winner) designed his own car based on a Cooper F1 car (winner) won his class at Sebring in a Ferrari GTO, raced a Grand Sport Corvette at Nassau (winner) and that's the short story. A championship-level driver and engineer, but he felt - correctly - that the management and team owner role was his strength. He also won in a Chaparral.....the automatic trans one.

  • Machine Gun Nest
    Machine Gun Nest 5 years ago +2

    THANKS !

  • Kellie Nicole Brooks Schettino

    The announcer sounds like the Batman tv announcer from the 60s...hey I'm old...same bat station same bat channel....

  • lyle speed
    lyle speed 3 years ago

    shit tires,had to know how to drive

    • SGTJDerek
      SGTJDerek 2 years ago

      Did you notice the tail through the turns?