Vic Elford Named 2014 Sebring 12 Hours Grand Marshal
Elford in the pits at Sebring in 1971. He and co-driver Gerard Larrousse would pilot a Porsche 917 to victory in the 12-hour race. Photo courtesy of Vic and Anita Elford.
By Louis Galanos | Photos as credited
The Sebring International Raceway has announced that legendary British driver Vic Elford will be honored as Grand Marshal at the 62nd running of America’s oldest and most prestigious sports car race, the 12 Hours of Sebring. This year’s race will be held on March 15, 2014.
Born in London, England in 1935, Victor Henry Elford’s three-decades long career in motorsports included sports car racing, rallying and Formula one as well as driving in NASCAR’s Daytona 500, the Can-Am series and Rallycross.
He is considered one of the most versatile drivers of the last century winning the European Rally Championship in 1967, the Rallye Monte-Carlo in 1968, Targa Florio and the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1968. That same year he won the 1000 km Nurburgring and followed with an overall win there in 1970 and ’71.
Sebring race fans best know him for his second-place finish at Sebring in 1968 and his overall win in 1971 driving a Martini and Rossi Porsche 917K. His co-driver for that win was Gerard Larrousse. Elford also won his class twice at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1967, ’73) and has 13 Formula One World Championship starts to his credit.
Known as “Quick Vic” to his peers and race fans alike, Mr. Elford was recently inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame. He and wife Anita currently live in Plantation, Florida.