Riverside, March 3-4, 1962:
One of the first public appearances of Carroll
Shelby's Cobra. The car ran demo laps between races. This
begins one of the greatest eras in racing, well
|Is that Carroll Shelby behind the wheel?
Some say yes, others say no.
Does anyone know who the passenger might
(Peter Brock, designer of the Cobra Daytona
coupe, identified her as Joan Cole, Shelby's secretary.)
|(2-27-11) From Jim Cordero:
"Driver in Photo #1 is not Carroll Shelby.
Not his face or his hair style / color in this period. Photo #2 is
Shelby and I believe Carroll's passenger is John Christy, the then editor
of "Sports Car Graphic" magazine.
||Another look at the first Cobra on March
Can anyone identify the driver
Charlie Vehle identified the passenger
in this photo as: "Alan Fordney, the race announcer.
He was also in the movie "Grand Prix" playing the part of an announcer,
|Ken Miles at Riverside -- Feb. 3-4,
Miles and Cobra teammate Dave MacDonald
left the Corvette Stingrays in the dust at this event.
Making the other drivers long for the day when the Cobra would retire,
car, engine and all to a museum and give them a chance to win a race.
MacDonald won easily, while Miles stopped
at the pits to let all the Stingrays go by, then returned to the course
and repassed them all. He finished second.
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|Ron Cummings remembers this race:
"After jumping into an early lead, Miles
pitted for no reason. He
let the entire field go by before re-entering
the race. The crowd was jumping up and down as he stunned the Chevrolet
drivers by easily passing the entire field to finish second behind MacDonald's
other team Cobra. The Corvette people were completely demoralized."
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