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  • RIP Vic Elford

    Again with great sadness I report the passing of one of the great Internatonal Endurance Racing and Rally drivers,Vic Elford. He died in Florida at the age of 86 after a long illness.

    In 1968 Vic Elford won the very challenging January Monte Carlo Rallye with a Porsche 911T #210or

    won the Daytona 24 Hours with a Porsche 907 LH (long tail) #54 ,

    won the Targa Florio with a Porsche 907 K (short tail) #224,

    and won the Nurburgring 1000km with a Porsche 908 K (short tail) #2

    His international endurance sports car racing accomplishments in 1968 earned him the nickname of "Quick Vic" with his peers and fans.

    Vic also won the 1971 Sebring 12 Hours with a Porsche 917K #3.

    Perhaps the greatest example of Elford speed and bravery came at the 1968 French Grand Prix on the evil old Rouen circuit, whose downhill swerves past the pits made drivers fear it even more than Spa and the Nürburgring. Driving an uncompetitive Cooper-BRM Vic qualified dead last in his very first Grand Prix. By the finish he valiantly raced up to 4th overall just one place short of a podium only beaten only by Jacky Ickx, John Surtees and Jackie Stewart. Now consider the circuit was wet and had iclaimed the life of Jo Schlesser on its very first lap.

    Vic retired from the sport after the 1972 season. He was no longer prepared to take the risks that were always present for the rewards which were increasingly notably absenct. Vic did not fear death, but the life-changing injuries suffered by too many friends. Here is a photo of Vic Elford in his younger days with his beautiful wife Mary.

    Over the last two weeks I have been working on a custom project to create an accurate 1/64 scale model of the 1968 Monte Carlo Rallye winning Porsche 911T #210 driven by Vic Elford with navigator David Stone. The model was finished today and posted in the DG Customs and Dioramas section Repair Bay section.

    Rest in Peace Quick Vic !!!


  • #2
    A worthy tribute, thank you for letting us know
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    • #3
      RIP Vic Elford. I always remember him stopping in the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans to save another driver.

      On another sour note, another motorsport legend died yesterday. Kunimitsu Takahashi, owner of Team Kunimitsu in JGTC/Super GT, died yesterday aged 82. One of the drivers who've had success in both motorcycles and sportscars.


      • #4
        A very nice tribute, thanks for sharing some of the highlights of his racing career,


        • #5
          In 2012, Schuco issued the Porsche 907 Langheck (Long tail) sporting the 24h Daytona (February 3rd - 4th, 1968) paint scheme.

          Drivers: Vic Elford and Jochen Neerpasch

          Schuco Piccolo
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          - Patrick

          ModellbauMaster on …


          • #6
            a very nice remembrance of winning driver.