SICK QUICK VIC PICK DOES THE TRICK
Versatile racing driver Vic Elford has zipped through his final lap, aged 86. Nicknamed “Quick Vic”, he was considered one of the very best all-rounders of the profession. Porsche was his go-to car brand, though he also utilised Minis, Triumphs, and Ford Cortinas. He notched a string of victories in a quarter-century’s worth of races, with his most impressive at the 1968 Targa Florio. On the first lap, Elford’s tire was punctured and put him at considerable disadvantage. He persuaded local Sicilians to lift the car so he could replace the tire, and despite losing 18 minutes, he went on to win the whole thing!
Elford was determined to win his races, but also to help his fellow driver. During the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans, after Jo Bonnier fatally crashed into Florian Vetsch’s car, Elford stopped in his tracks to rescue Vetsch from his burning car. Or he would have, had Vetsch not already escaped! It nevertheless spoke to Elford’s character and he was even awarded the French National Order of Merit by Georges Pompidou.
A popular after-dinner speaker in his later years as an elder statesman for both motorsport and Porsche, Elford had been ill with cancer for the past year. His declining health was a hot deadpooling tip courtesy of Octopus of Odstock. You don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit in the wind, you don’t pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger, and you don’t doubt OoO on motorsport. A healthy 19 teams gain, with past podium placer Ethnic Cleansing among those notching their first hit, and other beneficiaries including Carkers Convention 2022, Day in the Death, Droller Coaster, Heading Nowhere, and Pan Breed, who revs up into joint 4th.
10 June 1935 – 13 March 2022, aged 86
19 TEAMS (💀💀💀💀💀💀 6 POINTS)