One of the most intriguing parts of the film is his description of helmut markos worries about the race and subsequent lap record. The 1967 24 hours of le mans was the 35th grand prix of endurance, and took place on 10 and 11 june 1967. This classic film highlights the wonderful 1972 targa florio. The viewer flies at breakneck speed along a stretch of the legendary targa florio, with the camera just a few centimeters above the ground.
Vic elfords 1968 targa win was one of the greatest in the history of the race. Contemporary targa florio race reports covering fiat, ferrari, alfa romeo, frazernash, lancia, mercedes and porsche victories between 1948 and 1973. Keyser, who would later achieve fame with the book a french kiss with death. This is the 1907 second number, written and compiled by vincenzo florio. At the concours delegance of texas, we caught up with racing legend and guest of honor vic elford. While the first races consisted of a whole tour of the island, the track length in the races last decades was limited to the 72 kilometres 45 mi of the circuito. Like the vast majority of auctioneers bonhams charge what is known as a buyers premium.
Vic elford recalls the romance of the targa florios. Vic elford won the event in 1968, sharing a porsche 907 with umberto maglioli. Lavishly illustrated over its 400 pages, the book charts the postwar rise of the event, its inclusion in the world sportscar championship and its eventual demise in. See more ideas about vintage racing, racing and race cars. Born in london, vic elford was one of the fastest drivers of the sixties and seventies and a porsche hero. Foyt won the race after leading from the second hour, becoming the first and, as of 2020, only allamerican victors car, team and drivers of the race. Vic elford was one of the worlds great sports car drivers being one of only four drivers ever to record six major victories at the classic nurburgring the other drivers being rudolf caracciolo in the 1920s, john surtees and stirling moss. Targa florio 1955 1973, a book by ed heuvink, slipcased edition, isbn. Mario andrettis happygolucky commentary contrasts wonderfully with vic elfords more reflective musings. Vic elfords 1968 victory on the targa florio was all the more remarkable, as it followed a tyre failure which cost him and teammate umberto maglioli a full 18 minutes. Elford had already won the contest in 1968 with a porsche 907. Founded in 1906, it was the oldest sports car racing event, part of the world sportscar championship between 1955 and 1973.
The deep voice of british racecar driver vic elford provides the commentary for a hit video on youtube. Its narrated by thencurrent racer vic elford, a man who in 1968 alone become european rally champion in a works porsche 911, won. One of the most famous 911 rsrs is the martini porsche that won the 1973 targa florio race and competed in the wsc including the 24 hours of le mans. Vic elford narrates this documentary of the 1972 targa florio. Elford has authored a number of books on the subject of motorsport. Vic elford on the targa florio motor sport magazine. The volume is in very good condition bound in paper wraps with the full title on the front. Targa florio 1972 vic elford in free practice youtube. Targa florio vintage car rally races down under for the. This is one of our favorite vic elford stories flatsixes. Parents need to know that jack kerouacs seminal 1957 novel on the road is about two friends, sal and dean based on the author and his friend neal cassady, who travel around the united states and mexico, experiencing life fueled and heightened by drugs, alcohol, and sex. A former engineer, talanted race driver and victor in a multitude of race disciplines vic has the experience of driving some of the most iconic race and production cars ever produced. Despite losing twenty minutes due to a tire and wheel problem during the opening lap, it was elford who gave a display of inspired driving to snatch victory away from alfa romero.
Ive written before about the automotive adventures of kenny schachter, the artist and art commentator who last year bought a 1961 alfa spider at rm sothebys london auction. Everything on the car had been handling perfectly and then in the town of campofelice the engine broke. In this new 400page, large format book author ed heuvink takes the reader back to relive the postwar action in this amazing race with the help of hundreds of photographs taken from. This is a heavy book which may require extra postage. Vic elford began his career in rally cars and was a factory driver for bmc and ford. Reflections on a golden era of motorsport illustrated by oursler, bill, elford, vic isbn. Commentary from driver vic elford brings the story to life. Motorsport books home john chatham keith duckworth amedee gordini johnny herbert jacky ickx le mans 1923 1929 le mans 1949 1959 le mans 1960 1969 le mans 1970 1979 maserati 250f n e american car races brian redman targa florio 1955 1973 mark webber motor racing at brands hatch. Targa florio, the old nurburgring and a chicanefree mulsanne. Quick vic elford was among the most successful drivers at the height of motorsports golden era in the 1960s and 1970s. The alfa romeo 33 team had made a very good impression in their first european race and no doubt porsche will be keeping a wary eye on the red cars from milan. Vic elford recalls the romance of the targa florios golden era. Another targa florio was over and everyone was hot and dusty, weary and tired, but it is always worthwhile and everyone will be back in 1968 for the 52nd targa florio. Buyers premium on all automobilia lots will adhere to bonhams group policy.
One thing that makes these times so special is hearing some of the drivers stories from days past. The car saw major success in group 4 gt racing with a 2. Externally the paper has tears at the head and tail of the spine and is otherwise lightly toned, with. The classic story of the 1972 manufacturers championship as narrated by. Porsche 911, the targa florio, and the chaparral 2j.
The 44th targa florio in 1960 was shaping up to be a battle between the ferrari and porsche teams, for both factories were out in full force. Targa florio 1968 autographed by vic elford frecks auto art. While we always enjoy getting to drive new porsches on the road and on the track, our favorite times are those when we get to interact with drivers like hurley haywood, vic elford, derek bell, etc. Later that year, he also won the targa florio teamed with veteran umberto maglioli in a famous comefrombehind race after he lost 18 minutes in the first lap due to a tyre failure. This applies to each lot purchased and is subject to vat. The vic elford and umberto maglioli driven porsche 907 is shown racing through cerdas main streets in the 52nd targa florio.
For the first time in over 100 years, the worldrenowned targa florio vintage car rally will be calling victoria their home for an incredible fourday event that embraces some of victorias most breathtaking scenery minister of tourism and major events john eren joined the gm of confederation of australian motor sport mike smith in torquay today where the targa florio australian. See more ideas about race cars, racing, sports car racing. Vic can sign the car, the card or the box or all of them as you wish. Then, in 1972 while driving for alfa, he stopped during the le mans 24 race. Battle of the titans autosports marketing associates, ltd. Victor henry elford born 10 june 1935, in london is a former sportscar racing, rallying and. Quick vic became a hero to many after the victory, having lost 18 minutes on the first lap after a tyre failure. In the absence of a dramatic constructors battle, the documentary focuses instead upon the intimate, personal perspectives of the racing season. Targa florio classics chipping sodbury, south gloucestershire tel. Targa florio 1955 1973 nino vaccarella, winner of three targa florio races introduces this hefty tome, the answer to many fans prayers for a comprehensive history of the event. It seemed an eternity but, little by little, the briton doggedly shortened the gap between himself and the race leader, until he finally crossed the finish line as the winner. The 1972 targa florio race was picturesque and beautiful.
I got the book in 1973, long before dvds were even thought of, and this. The targa florio australian tribute classic car regularity race is open to cars from 1906 to 1976 that will compete at an average speed of max 50 kmh. Running from 1906 to 1977, the original targa florio series hosted drivers with a prime stage to show. Kenny schachters perspective on the targa florio 2017 kenny schachter photos via. Elford was the fastest and started in pole position. The targa florio was an open road endurance automobile race held in the mountains of sicily near palermo. Brian herman thomas redman born 9 march 1937 in burnley, lancashire and educated at rossall school, fleetwood, lancashire, is a retired british racing driver he was very successful in sportscar racing and the world sportscar championship, winning the 1970 targa florio with a porsche 908 and the 12 hours of sebring twice, in 1975 with a bmw coupe, in 1978 with a porsche 935 and the spa.
It was the summer of 1972, and top members of the motorsports community were. The exworks, exmike hawthorn, exumberto maglioli, exluis milan 1953 ferrari 625 targa florio twoseat spider by carrozzeria vignale 4,500,0006,500,000 is one of only three of the 2. They each won a targa and at daytona, sebring and watkins glen, too. Florio 18831959, from a prominent sicilian family, had. During the 1972 24 hours of le mans, when he saw a burning ferrari daytona in. Video how alfa romeo almost won the 1972 targa florio.
Elford was always very quick on the targa and set the fastest lap in t. This film perfectly highlights that with alfa tipo 33 pilot vic elford narrating the story. Takes you behind the scenes at daytona, sebring, the targa florio, the. This book is revered as the defining novel of the beat generation, a. Jurgen had worked for porsche then when we were both in our twenties, and now he was in charge of porsches customer racing department which was headquartered in weissach. The springs and shockabsorbers had all been stiffened considerably so that, although they did not have much in the way of suspension by circuitracing standards, they were very controllable and predictable on the bumpy targa florio course, giunti having got round in 38 min. His fondness for 20thcentury music caused controversy at the deeply. Vic elford racing the porsche 9082 targa florio 1969. It was also the seventh round of the world sportscar championship dan gurney and a. Elford then entered the french grand prix and finished fourth in his first f1 race a wet one, too by finishing the 1969 monaco grand prix despite troubles, he became the only driver to do well in both famous. The belle epoque of the targa florio races the old motor. Rapiditas is a unique sporting yearbook and an aesthetic celebration that incorporates text and images to tell the story of the famous targa florio road race across sicily. The belle epoque of the targa florio races, is an interesting new book written by david biggins and antonio lombardi.
Mario andrettis happygolucky commentary contrasts wonderfully with vic elford s more reflective musings. Nicknamed quick vic by his peers, legendary driver vic elford is arguably the most versatile all round driver of all time consider vic s 1968 season. Vic elford knows a thing or two about high performance driving, particularly in porches. I loved every moment of my time on the targa florio it was just sensational, says elford, who competed in the sicilian road race for six consecutive years between 1967 and 1972. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Highlights were to include highspeed sequences from the targa florio. Rapiditas is the rara avis for historical automotive book readers.490 410 1366 1178 512 1366 21 671 533 1144 241 436 295 265 463 861 1283 1245 900 1335 738 137 980 845 144 1099 854 683 951 717 835 491 282