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1964 SCCA Road Racing GT Season
Photo Credit: Dave Friedman.
Champion Constructor: Shelby American Cobra (US,1,1)
Putative Constructor: Shelby American Cobra (US)
Champion Driver: None
Putative Driver: Ken Miles (US,0,1)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 289, 4.73-liter, eight-cylinder vee Ford short-stroke, cast-iron engine, OHV, four carburetors, four-speed, disc brakes, tubular steel chassis, lower wishbone independent suspension, 395 horsepower (John Tojeiro, Alan Turner, Carroll Shelby).

The Shelby American Cobra 289 under Ken Miles runs roughshod over the SCCA GT competition in 1964 and takes the respective constructors' and putative drivers' titles. Departures: David MacDonald, 27, b. El Monte, California USA 1936, d. USAC Indianapolis, Indiana USA, May.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Shelby American Cobra178     Miles113
Leslie Shelby Cobra16     Leslie36
Mann Ford Lotus14     Johnson B35
Stoddard Alfa Romeo12     Stoddard12
Payne Shelby Cobra12     Morton J12
Noseda Shelby Cobra10     Scott12

Noteworthy 1964 Races

1964 USRRC Augusta Augusta, Georgia1964 1964 USRRC Augusta At Augusta for the 160 Miler in March, the race comes to a Shelby American Cobra under Ken Miles (US) in 1:46:29.0 (average 87.90 mph), eighty-five seconds ahead of a companion Shelby entry. Miles moves out front after passing race leader Dave MacDonald in his Shelby with only two laps remaining. Photo Credit: Richard Macon.