Vic Elford

Plantation FL
Member, Memoriam

At the age of 13, Vic’s father took him to see the first post-war British Grand Prix at Silverstone. He decided then and there he would become a race car driver, starting with a Mini-Cooper in 1961 and rallying in a DKW the following year …Five years later, he was doing both for the Porsche factory team … while his countless wins at the Nurburgring, Targa Florio, Daytona and Sebring are the stuff of legends, perhaps his 1968 season best sums up his versatile career: It began with a win in the Monte Carlo Rally, and one week later he was in the winner’s circle for the Rolex 24 At Daytona … One month later he won the 12 Hours of Sebring and in May scored an epic win in the Targa Florio … Two weeks later he’d won the Nurburgring 1000km then was off to his Formula One debut, in an outclassed Cooper T86B which he drove to a stunning fourth place finish in the wet French Grand Prix … His rally driving experience also paid off in 1970 when he drove Jim Hall’s Camaro to a Trans-Am series win at the rainy Watkins Glen race … He was very much the focused racer but knew what was more important: When a Ferrari crashed in front of his Porsche at Le Mans, he stopped to rescue the driver from the burning car, thus earning him the Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite by French President Georges Pompidou …He has written three books, including the “Porsche High-Performance Driving Handbook” and his biography, “Reflections on a Golden Era in Motorsports.”… Elford passed away March 13, 2022, at age 86.

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