Brilliant sunshine faded to sudden shadow as the desert sun dropped behind the mountains, and still Hill pursued, even pulling abreast of Shelby at times.
It was Shelby by two car lengths at the finish—average speed 78.55 mph. For the Texan there was champagne ( California, naturally) and for Hill the consolation of having won the Palm Springs Concours d'Elegance with his surgically clean, stately 1931 Pierce Arrow.
Shelby wasn't sentimental about the car, although Edgar might well have been. "That old hog is hard to handle in the turns," said Shelby. He made it look easy.