Vic Elford is the epitome of the classic racing driver: smart, brave, and, above all, versatile. His autobiography offers a personal perspective on the initiative and skills required to build a career in racing in the 1960s and ’70s.
Consider Vic’s 1968 season. It began with his win in the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally followed by a win the next weekend in the Daytona 24 Hours. He was second at Sebring a month later, 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. Then in his first F1 race in July Vic took a badly out-classed Cooper T86B to a stunning fourth-place finish in the soaking-wet French Grand Prix.
As he relates his experience Vic provides insight on the drivers, team personnel, and cars that defined a glorious era in racing. He offers a personal look at fellow racers such as Jo Siffert, Brian Redman, and Derek Bell, as well as insights into team principals, including John Cooper, who helped begin the rear-engine revolution; Ferdinand Piëch, who led Porsche’s racing effort and later headed Volkswagen/Audi; and Jim Hall, whose Chaparrals rewrote the book on aerodynamics.
Vic’s keen sense of humor comes to the fore as he describes the hugely entertaining and seldom discussed “in between” moments racers experienced traveling from race to race. Richly illustrated with photographs from Vic’s collection, Vic Elford: Reflections on a Golden Era in Motorsports is a vivid, intimate account of remarkable period in racing and of the man whose character gave it so much of its appeal.