Former sports car, rally and F1 driver Vic Elford is the first star name to commit to appearing at the first Rally Show to be held at Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, on May 14-15 2011, it has been confirmed.
Now living in the USA, 'Quick Vic', as he was nicknamed, has a very impressive motorsport CV. Having started out as a co-driver, a move across to the driving seat in 1961 saw the beginning of a legendary career which was to last for over 20 years.
His first works drives were for Triumph, then Ford, with whom he distinguished himself on the Alpine Rally by winning the Touring category in 1964.
But he moved to Porsche at the end of 1966. Elford was European Rally Champion in 1967, finishing third on the Monte Carlo and winning the Tulip, Lyons-Charbonnieres and Geneva rallies outright.
The following year - in the space of a single week - he won the Monte Carlo Rally in a Porsche 911 and the Daytona 24-Hour Race in a Porsche 907.
That year, he also won the Targa Florio - after losing 18 minutes when a wheel came off - and also started his first Grand Prix, in France, finishing fourth overall. Over the next few seasons he drove for the Cooper, McLaren and BRM.
Meanwhile, in a separate development, organisers added that regulations for the competitive events at the Rally Show will be published on its official website on December 15.
There will be one new event for 2011 - the Ford Escort Challenge. This will be for Mk1 and Mk2 Escorts only, and the overall fastest Escort will receive the CG Neill "Austin Dobson" Perpetual Trophy. Other events include the popular "All Comers" Event, Historics, FIA Categories, and GT Cars.
Tickets for the Rally Show at Cornbury Park can be purchased at the lowest rates up until 31 December 2010 - the names of spectators who buy before the end of the year will also go into a draw for two rally car rides during the weekend.
For further details on the Rally Show at Cornbury Park (and Chatsworth), visit www.therallyshow.org