At the Shelby Tribute at the old race tire shop in Gardena CA last weekend, Dave McDonald's son gave a slide show on his father's career (his father died at Indy in an experime nal Mickey Thompson car). Much of his father's fast rising career centered on the so-called King Cobra, a Cooper that was ordered by Shelby in a batch of three and fitted with a small block Ford instead of the small English engine. They were beating Ferraris all over the place in the U.S. So now I am wondering, why didn't Ford just buy that design, (maybe rebodying it--maybe it could have benefitted from some wind tunnel testing) and they could have saved all the money they spent on the Ford GT40? Or was the GT40 design already too far along to drop it? In the end of the presentation, he said it was after Shelby-American did so well with the King Cobra that Ford called Shelby up and asked that he come in on the Ford GT program for the '65 season.