Vic Elford 1935 - 2022
Tue 15 Mar 2022
Vic Elford (86) was one of the finest sports car racers of his time and probably best remembered for being a Porsche 917 driver ace. But it was not just International sports car racing that he excelled in. He was also a F1 Grand Prix driver in a Cooper BRM and took part in 13 World Championship events scoring 8 points in 1968. He was nicknamed ‘Quick Vic’ by his peers. He started his motorsport career at an early age and became a Sevenoaks and District Motor Club member in 1967 and has supported the club ever since. As well as circuit racing, he also loved rallying which was also a strong focus for the motor club at that time. Vic won the European Rally Championship in 1967 before an incredible run of success in early 1968. He became a Ford Works driver and won a string of major titles and championships including the Monte Carlo Rally with co-driver David Stone in a Porsche 911T. Then, just a week later, won the Daytona 24 hour race demonstrating his total versatility. Sevenoaks & District Motor Club has presented the ‘Elford Bowl’ every year since 1968, which is awarded to the club member who was the most successful in International Competition, as well as the ‘Marvic Trophy’ which is awarded to the best female club member for marshalling. This trophy was initiated by his then wife Mary Elford as an amalgamation of their names, hence ‘Marvic’. The award commemorates the contributions of lady club members and both the Elford trophies are presented every year as part of the club’s annual prize giving ceremony. These two special awards mean that their memories will live on for all time. The club would therefore like to offer their sincere condolences to Vic’s family, his long term partner Anita in Florida and thank him for his most outstanding contributions, achievements and success that he achieved across a very wide-ranging club and International stage. His contribution to motor sport puts Vic in the great ‘hall of fame’ forever.
Chris Judge Chairman. Sevenoaks & District Motor Club
Judgece66@aol.com (M) 0746 425 2450 / (H) 01474 873 628