Vic Elford

Born in London in 1935, Vic Elford was one of the fastest drivers of the sixties and seventies...and a Porsche hero. Nicknamed "Quick Vic" by his peers, Vic Elford was the European Rally Champion in 1967. He then turned to Sports Car Racing and F1. Elford is arguably the most versatile all round driver of all time.

Consider Vic’s 1968 season: it began with his win in the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally driving a Porsche 911, followed by a win the next weekend in the Daytona 24 Hours driving a Porsche 907. A month later, he finished second at the 12 Hours of Sebring and then in May scored an epic victory at the Targa Florio, which is considered the greatest win in Targa history. Two weeks later Vic won the Nürburgring 1000 Kilometers.

At the 1968 Targa Florio, despite starting the second lap of the ten lap, 720 km (approx. 450 mile) race more than 18 minutes behind the leading car, Vic and co-driver Umberto Maglioli came back to win with their Porsche 907 by more than a minute. In recognition of his efforts, Porsche dedicated their traditional victory poster not to the car, but to the driver. The only time a Porsche poster ever featured only the driver - not the car.

Although he raced for Porsche for five years and was the only driver to race every version of the Porsche 917, Vic Elford also raced for Ford, Triumph, Lancia, Alfa-Romeo, Ferrari, Chaparral, Shadow, Cooper, Lola, Chevron and Subaru. He also drove for McLaren in F1 & Can Am and Chevrolet in Trans Am.

Vic Elford lap records included: Targa Florio, Nurburgring, Daytona, Sebring, Norisring, Monza, Buenos Aires, Road Atlanta, Laguna Seca, Riverside…and Le Mans - where he was the first driver to lap at over a 150mph average in the Porsche long-tail 917 in 1970 - look for the white #25 917 in the movie LE MANS (1971).

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 (1972).

During the 1972 24 hours of Le Mans, when a Ferrari crashed in front of him, Vic stopped mid-race to try to extricate the driver from his burning car. TV cameras caught the action, and Vic was named “Knight of the National Order of Merit” or 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 was elected to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2001.

Vic Elford
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