Dave MacDonald was a Corvette and Cobra racing legend who died too soon, in a Mickey Thompson Indy car in 1964. I was fortunate in being part of recreating his revolutionary 1961 Corvette special. It was late 2019 while working with Shine speedshop, I was shown a couple of bent up tubes that represented a Max Bolchouski Old Yeller chassis and a few photos of the car back in 1962, and was tasked with figuring out how to recreate it while Master builder Paulo Dosdoglirian started the fab work .
Like a crime scene detective I then scoured every source I could think of to find clues and information about the car, figuring out every possible detail and then acquiring those pieces.
First of all we would have to figure out how to recreate that modified Vette body, no small task. I tracked down a reproduction vette body company in western washington and with a blueprint I had made, had them create a body. And that body was awful! after many hours of personally cutting and reshaping it we had a buck to bodywork and then pull a new body from.
Rich MacDonald and Jimmy imagining what will be
Shop owner Jimmy Shine tracked down the complete correct numbers 327 fuelie and 4 speed and figured out the crazy torsin bar rear suspension. I pieced together a full set of correct 1963 Magnesium american mags and actually had the rare Pontiac finned brake drums and 6 tail light set up in my own stash. The drums had been in storage on my moms patio for almost 20 years:)... figuring out and finding the correct 59ish Benz gauges, Porsche seat and various period parts and do-dads to make it right became a huge task... and we even had things like the flat vette style steering wheel made.
with Avon racing tires and Towel city cheater slicks, large hoop roll bar, crazy pipes and so many other uncommon details this car looks 100% legit... and really, the only way it could have been any more so is to have smashed a couple of key body sections and then fixed them.
Unfortunately I missed out doing some of the pin striping but that was all handled by my friend Harpoon, and the rest of the paint and body prep was done by Hitoshi at Cambra speed shop.
We are all very proud of how it turned out and check out how happy Daves son Rich is sitting in it 55 plus years later !
Pontiac drums fresh from
my moms patio :)
the Frankenvette body after re-cutting it.
Body attempt 1
Jimmy and Paulo explain the rear torsion bars to owners Ernie and Elaine
Finally complete and on display where it debuted in Kent Washington with some track wheels on it. Daves son Rich behind the wheel and very happy :)