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#1 cantabriamadrid

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 08:29

On June 10, the living legend turned 84

 

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#2 Ray Bell

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 09:47

Has he run out of smokes?



#3 sabrejet

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 10:00

He is indeed a living legend; just reading Colin Crabbe's book which has a foreword by Vic: he was most apologetic about wrecking CC's McLaren M7A, which given the circumstances, seemed most unnecessary and gracious.



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Posted 12 June 2019 - 14:34

I well recall Vic driving the Group 5 Porsche 911 in the British Saloon Car Championship in 1967, which added a bit of variety to the field,  and gave the works Lotus Cortinas something to think about.



#5 E1pix

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 19:39

Has he run out of smokes?


Perhaps we should focus on his Legendry.

#6 SKL

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 20:43

Actually I remember reading somewhere he did finally quit smoking... doctor's orders!   And yes, he is a legend!!



#7 Ray Bell

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 22:58

Originally posted by E1pix
Perhaps we should focus on his Legendry.


Certainly his skills and record are remembered well...

I only met him once, at the Adelaide Millennium race and while we were talking over things like him winning at the Nurburgring so many times etc, he never had a smoke out of his hands.

Hence my comment. I'm sorry if you feel it detracts, but I seems to me his record is such that all know of his versatility, skills and sheer winning power. And if he has given up smoking I'm glad for him.

#8 moffspeed

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 08:43

Given the significant losses of the last few weeks my heart sunk when I read the thread title but happily we are celebrating a birthday and nothing worse.

 

If I had been invited to drive one of those early Can-Am Shadows not only would I have chain-smoked but I would have demanded an early version of an in-car drinks bottle connected to a bottle of Jack Daniels. The valium drip could have been mounted on the roll hoop and be inserted into my non-gear changing arm.

 

Rumour has it that the message taped to the steering wheel on the AVS Mk1 was not "new pads" or similar but the telephone number for Dr Terry Trammell.



#9 B Squared

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 11:02

My late dear friend Peter Andersen who was from Denmark and passed away about 10 years ago at the age of 88 had a great story about Can-Am days at Road America when he spent some time talking to Vic Elford and was lucky enough to get a few laps around the Road America circuit with him. Many more healthy birthdays Mr Elford

#10 Martyn Hey

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Posted 15 June 2019 - 19:15

I was lucky to come across Vic and Dickie Attwood in the paddock at Goodwood Members Meeting, reminiscing about the 917...

 



#11 D28

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Posted 15 June 2019 - 21:25

Motor Sport ranking of all-rounders a few years back placed Vic 4th after Moss, Andretti and Clark. Pretty exalted company and he had the results to back it up.


Edited by D28, 15 June 2019 - 21:25.