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Vic Elford Vice Elford, Race Legend - The Cortina YearsVic Elford

Ford Cortina Racing Driver Vic Elford
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VIC ELFORD RAC RALLY 1965, LOTUS CORTINAVIC ELFORD XXXVI COUPE DES ALPES 1965 LOTUS CORTINACoupe Des Alpes 1965VIC ELFORD CHATTING WITH A CONTROLLER BEFORE A RACE Vic Elford ready to race 1965

1966 turned out to be a disastrous year in my career all around.

Although I won the Rallye des Fleurs, I was later disqualified because Ford somehow got the homologation or confirmation paperwork all wrong. This was fairly unusual and enormously frustrating for me.

I later finished second overall on the Tulip rally, although I don’t remember now who actually won the race.

Some repairs on the RAC rally 1964 VIC ELFORD RAC RALLY 1965 (21)VIC ELFORD BRITISH CHAMPION IN THE SCOTTISH RALLY 1965, CORTINA GTVIC ELFORD CIRCUIT OF IRELAND 1965, CORTINA GTVIC ELFORD FIRST RACE AND A WIN NUREMBERG 1965, A LONE LOTUS CORTINA AGAINST AN ARMY OF BMW'SFord only had two cars bur three drivers...............

I did manage to win at the Acropolis, despite racing nearly two thirds of the gruelling course without a clutch. Fate was waiting for me however, as I was disqualified again because my co-driver had made me take a detour to avoid a tight hairpin curve that I was worried about attempting without a clutch.

VIC ELFORD ACROPOLIS RALLY 1966, START, LOTUS CORTINAVIC ELFORD ACROPOLIS RALLY 1966, LOTUS CORTINA VIC ELFORD & DAVID STONE XXXV RALLY AUTOMOBILE MONTE CARLO1966 Vic Elford in the Ford Cortina Monte Carlo Rally 1966 VIC ELFORD & DAVID STONE XXXV RALLY AUTOMOBILE MONTE CARLO1966Cortina Rally Car

Then there was the final straw which eventually led me to Porsche; I was leading the Coupes des Alpes, not just the Touring category but the GTs as well, including Porsche and Ferrari. I led the whole way in a Lotus Cortina until the last and easiest special stage, when the distributor (again a Lucas made) completely broke on the way up, and my race was over.

Sometimes you just have to start fresh, which is exactly what I did.

VIC ELFORD 6th DEI FORI RALLY 1966 LOTUS CORTINARAC RALLY 1966, LOTUS CORTINARAC RALLY 1966, LOTUS CORTINARAC RALLY 1966, LOTUS CORTINARAC RALLY 1966, LOTUS CORTINA

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