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Vic Elford
Vic Elford Watkins Glen 2010.jpg
Elford in 2010
Born (1935-06-10) 10 June 1935 (age 84)
Peckham, London, England[1]
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityBritish
Active years19681969, 1971
TeamsCooper, McLaren, BRM
Entries13
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points8
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1968 French Grand Prix
Last entry1971 German Grand Prix

Victor Henry Elford (born 10 June 1935, in London) is a former sportscar racing, rallying and Formula One driver from England. He participated in 13 World Championship F1 Grands Prix, debuting on 7 July 1968. He scored a total of 8 championship points.

Nicknamed "Quick Vic" by his peers Elford was mainly a famous sports car competitor as well as a successful rally driver, associated often with Porsche.

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Career

Elford started as a co-driver, partnering David Seigle-Morris in a Triumph TR3A.[2] By 1961 he had acquired the confidence to see himself as a potential driver in his own right: the confidence was not shared by team manager Marcus Chambers, and Elford purchased a race-tuned Mini which he rallied as a privateer with limited success before selling it at the end of the season.[2] 1962 found him achieving success in several UK rallies driving a factory sponsored DKW Junior.[2] The next year saw a return to Triumph and Elford achieved impressively fast times with the Triumph TR4s, although reliability of the cars in Elford's hands was disappointing, and the following year Elford switched to Ford: this was the beginning of a successful three-year rallying stint with the Ford Cortinas.[2]

In 1967 Elford was European rally champion in a works Porsche 911. Among other victories he won the 1968 Rally Monte Carlo in a Porsche 911 and only a week later the 24 Hours of Daytona in a Porsche 907, Porsche's first ever overall win in a 24-hour race.

Later that year, he also won the Targa Florio teamed with veteran Umberto Maglioli in a famous come-from-behind race after he lost 18 minutes in the first lap due to a tyre failure. Elford then entered the French Grand Prix and finished fourth in his first F1 race – a wet one, too.

By finishing the 1969 Monaco Grand Prix despite troubles, he became the only driver to do well in both famous events in Monte Carlo since Louis Chiron.

Racing in the World Sportscar Championship for Martini Racing against the mighty JWA Gulf team, he was clocked at over 380 km/h in the Porsche 917LH in practise for the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans. He went on to win the 1971 12 Hours of Sebring in a Porsche 917K, as well as several 1000km Nürburgring races.

During the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans, when he saw a burning Ferrari Daytona in front of him, Elford stopped[3] in mid-race to save the driver. When opening the door, Elford found an empty cockpit, as the driver already had escaped. Elford then noticed the wreck of a Lola among the trees, with Jo Bonnier having been killed. Cameras caught the act and Elford was named Chevalier of the National Order of Merit by French President Georges Pompidou.

A Targa Florio, Sebring and Daytona winner, his favourite track was nonetheless the Nürburgring despite the disappointing results in his three F1 attempts there, of which the first two ended in lap 1 accidents. His two last GPs were at the Nürburgring. In addition to the 1000 km, Elford won some 500 km races there, winning a total of 6 major races. Only Rudolf Caracciola and Stirling Moss beat that record.

Elford lap records included: Targa Florio, Nürburgring, Daytona, Sebring, Norisring, Monza, Buenos Aires, Road Atlanta, Laguna Seca, Riverside and Le Mans.

On 4 February 1967 at Lydden Circuit, he won the first ever Rallycross event. Later that year he won the 84 Hour "Marathon de la Route" event at the Nürburgring, on the full 28 km long combined versions that was rarely used since the 1930s. Fellow pilots Hans Herrmann and Jochen Neerpasch preferred "the rally driver" to steer the Porsche 911 through the 7 hours long, four consecutive night turns in rainy and foggy conditions. The winning car was fitted with a semi-automatic Sportomatic transmission, as was another Porsche 911S entered by the factory team.

Elford in a Porsche 908/3, in practice for the 1971 1000km Nürburgring
Elford in a Porsche 908/3, in practice for the 1971 1000km Nürburgring

Although he raced five years for Porsche, Elford also raced for Ford, Triumph, Lancia, Alfa-Romeo, Ferrari, Chaparral, Shadow, Cooper, Lola, Chevron, and Subaru. He also drove McLaren in F1 & CanAm, Chevrolet in TransAm.

Overseas, Elford was also racing in CanAm and the Daytona 500 of NASCAR.

Elford nowadays lives in South Florida, United States.

On 25 January 2015, Elford received the 2015 Phil Hill Award from Road Racing Drivers Club. It was presented to him by club president Bobby Rahal.[4]

Complete Formula One World Championship results

Vic Elford in the cockpit of an incomplete McLaren M7B, prior to the 1969 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring
Vic Elford in the cockpit of an incomplete McLaren M7B, prior to the 1969 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 WDC Pts.
1968 Cooper Car Company Cooper T86B BRM P142 3.0 V12 RSA ESP MON BEL NED FRA
4
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAN
5
USA
Ret
MEX
8
18th 5
1969 Antique Automobiles Racing Team Cooper T86 Maserati 10/F1 3.0 V12 RSA ESP MON
7
14th 3
McLaren M7B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 NED
10
FRA
5
GBR
6
GER
Ret
ITA CAN USA MEX
1971 Yardley Team BRM BRM P160 BRM P142 3.0 V12 RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER
11
AUT ITA CAN USA NC 0

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1967 Germany Porsche System Engineering Netherlands Ben Pon Porsche 906K Carrera 6 S
2.0
327 7th 1st
1968 Germany Porsche System Engineering Germany Gerhard Mitter Porsche 908 S
3.0
111 DNF DNF
1969 Germany Porsche System Engineering United Kingdom Richard Attwood Porsche 917L S
5.0
327 DNF DNF
1970 Austria Porsche KG Salzburg Germany Kurt Ahrens, Jr. Porsche 917L S
5.0
225 DNF DNF
1971 Germany Martini Racing Team France Gérard Larrousse Porsche 917LH S
5.0
74 DNF DNF
1972 Italy Autodelta SpA Austria Helmut Marko Alfa Romeo Tipo 33TT3 S
3.0
232 DNF DNF
1973 France Automobiles Charles Pozzi France Claude Ballot-Léna Ferrari 365 GTB/4 GT
5.0
316 6th 1st
1974 France Robert Buchet France Claude Ballot-Léna Porsche 911 Carrera RSR GT
117 DNF DNF

Bibliography

Elford has authored a number of books on the subject of motorsport:

  • Porsche High Performance Driving Handbook ISBN 0-87938-849-8 (1994)
  • Vic Elford: Reflections on a Golden Era in Motorsports ISBN 1-893618-52-8 (2005)

References

  1. ^ "Database - Vic Elford". Motor Sport. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Vic Elford profile". Autocar. Vol. 127 no. 3731. 17 August 1967. pp. 12–13.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 13 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Vic Elford receives RRDC's Phil Hill Award for 2015". Racer.com. 23 January 2015.

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
G1: Lillebror Nasenius
G2: Sobiesław Zasada
G3: Günter Klass
European Rally Champion G3 Class
1967
Succeeded by
Pauli Toivonen
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