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Vic Elford

Vic Elford

Vic Elford was one of the fastest drivers of the Sixties and Seventies and a Porsche hero.

Nicknamed “Quick Vic” by his peers, legendary driver Vic Elford is arguably the most versatile all a round drivers of all time. Elford was European Rally Champion in 1967 then turned to Sportscar Racing and F 1.

Vic excelled in International rallies, being the last British driver to win the Monte Carlo rally (1968) and the European Rally Championship.

He won the Targa Florio in 1968 and the Sebring 12 hours in 1971 in Porsches.

Elford is one of only two drivers to have won 6 separate times at the Nurburgring the other was Rudolf Caracciolo in the 1920’s), including:

  • The “Marathon de la Route” (previously run as the “Liège-Sofia-Liège Rally”), consisting of four nights and three days round the ‘Ring.
  • Three times the 1000kms (for Porsche) and twice the 500kms. In the latter, once in a Lola, where he was the only driver to go the distance – solo. 22 laps in about 3 3/4 hours!

In F1, Elford ran with Cooper, McLaren and BRM, scoring a total of eight championship points. His first drive in F 1 resulted in 4th place in the rain at the French GP driving the slowest car in the field!

Vic also competed with outstanding results in Can Am, TransAm, Off road events in Africa and even NASCAR.

Although he is perhaps best know for his results as a driver for 6 years in Porsches, Elford also raced for Ford, Triumph, Lancia, Alfa-Romeo, Ferrari, Chaparral, Shadow, Cooper, Lola, Chevron, Subaru. He also drove MacLaren in F1 & CanAm, Chevrolet in TransAm, and Lola.

Vic Elford lap records included: Targa Florio, Nurburgring, Daytona, Sebring, Norisring, Monza, Buenos Aires, Road Atlanta, Laguna Seca, RiversideAt Le Mans he was the first driver to lap at over 150mph in the Porsche long-tail 917 in 1970. And while driving for Jim Hall, Elford was the first ever to pace the old Laguna Seca course in under 1 minute, in the Chaparral 2J “sucker car”.

Vic was hired by Steve McQueen to do the high speed close-up action driving the 917 for McQueen’s film Le Mans.

In 1972, while driving for Alfa Romeo, Vic branched out into another extra-curricular activity – that of principal narrator for producer Michael Keyser’s film The Speed Merchants.

During the 24 hours of Le Mans, when a Ferrari crashed in front of him, Vic stopped in mid-race to extricate the driver from his burning car. TV cameras caught the action and Vic was named Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by French President Georges Pompidou for his act of courage and heroism.

Shortly after, Vic retired from racing…

Elford is the author of The Porsche High-Performance Driving Handbook.

Elford is available for personal appearances, driving instruction and merchandising. Contact Race Legends for details and schedules.

Career Summary for Vic Elford

1967 European GT Rally Champion & British 2-litre Circuit Racing Champion
Winner Targa Florio 1968
Winner Sebring 12 Hours 1971
3 Time Winner Nurburgring 1000kms
2 Time Winner Nurburgring 500kms
Winner Marathon de la Route
F1 1968-1971

Books of Interest from Amazon.com

Porsche 917: The Winning Formula
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Porsche High-Performance Driving Handbook
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Racing in the Rain: My Years with Brilliant Drivers, Legendary Sports CArs, and a Dedicated Team
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Vic Elford: Reflections on a Golden Age in Motorsports
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