The Full Wiki

Vic Elford: Map

Advertisements
  
  

Wikipedia article:

Map showing all locations mentioned on Wikipedia article:



Victor Henry Elford (born in Londonmarker, 10 June 1935) is a former sportscar racing, rallying and Formula One driver from Englandmarker. 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.

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 Floriomarker 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 established several lap record. Elford then entered the French Grand Prixmarker and finished fourth in his first F1 race ‚Äď a wet one, too.

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

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 N√ľrburgring races.

During the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans, when he saw a burning Ferrari Daytona in front of him, Elford stopped 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 & Daytona winner, his favorite track was nonetheless the N√ľrburgring 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 Ring, too. 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, Nurburgring, Daytona, Sebring, Norisring, Monza, Buenos Aires, Road Atlanta, Laguna Seca, Riverside and Le Mans.

On February 4 1967 at Lydden Circuitmarker, he won the first ever Rallycross event. Later that year he won the 84 Hour "Marathon de la Route" event at the N√ľrburgringmarker, 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.

Although he raced 5 years for Porsche, Elford also raced for Ford, Triumph, Lancia, Alfa-Romeo, Ferrari, Chaparral, Shadow, Cooper, Lola, Chevron, Subaru. He also drove McLaren in F1 & CanAm, Chevrolet in TransAm.

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

"Quick Vic" nowadays lives in South Floridamarker, United Statesmarker.

Bibliography

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

  • Porsche High Performance Driving Handbook ISBN 0879388498 (1994)
  • Vic Elford: Reflections on a Golden Era in Motorsports ISBN 1893618528 (2005)


Complete World Championship Formula One results

(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 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 T86B Maseratimarker RSA ESP MON

7
14th 3
McLarenmarker M7B Ford NED

10
FRA

5
GBR

6
GER

Ret
ITA CAN USA MEX
1971 Yardley Team BRM BRM P160 BRM RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER

11
AUT ITA CAN USA NC 0


External links




Embed code:
Advertisements






Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message