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John Surtees

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John Surtees

British former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Formula One driver from England add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1934.

Countries: Italy (25%), United Kingdom (23%), (20%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Formula One, Scuderia Ferrari, MV Agusta

Linked to: Surtees, Norton Motorcycle Company, Cooper Car Company, Cosworth




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John Surtees was born in 1934 add something


In 1950, at the age of 16, he went to work for the Vincent factory as an apprentice add something


Norton Motorcycle Company - That was before the Featherbed frame appeared, developed for Norton by the McCandless brothers of Belfast in January 1950, used in the legendary Manx Norton and raced by riders including Geoff Duke, John Surtees and Derek Minter


He made his first headlines in 1951 when he gave Norton star Geoff Duke a strong challenge in an ACU race at the Thruxton Circuit add something


In 1955, Norton race chief Joe Craig gave Surtees his first factory sponsored ride aboard the Nortons add something


BMW 507 - Another famous owner is John Surtees, who was given a 507 by Count Agusta for winning the 1956 500cc World Motorcycle Championship on a MV Agusta


MV Agusta - John Surtees turned to MV Agusta in 1956 and won the Senior class


In the 1957 season, the MV Agustas were no match for the Gileras and Surtees battled to a third place finish aboard a 1957 MV Agusta 500 Quattro add something


When Gilera and Moto Guzzi pulled out of Grand Prix racing at the end of 1957, Surtees and MV Agusta went on to dominate the competition in the two larger displacement classes add something


In 1958, 1959 and 1960, he won 32 out of 39 races and became the first man to win the Senior TT at the Isle of Man TT three years in succession add something


In 1960, at the age of 26, Surtees switched from motorcycles to cars full-time, making his Formula 1 debut racing for Lotus in the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo add something


Tyrrell Racing - Throughout the 1960s, Tyrrell moved through the lower formulas, variously giving single seater debuts to John Surtees and Jacky Ickx


After spending the 1961 season with the Yeoman Credit Racing Team driving a Cooper T53 "Lowline" managed by Reg Parnell and the 1962 season with the Bowmaker Racing Team, still managed by Reg Parnell but now in the $V8 (V8_engine) Lola Mk4, he moved to Scuderia Ferrari in 1963 and won the World Championship for the Italian team in 1964 add something


Formula One - Between Brabham, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, John Surtees, Graham_Hill, and Denny Hulme, British teams and Commonwealth drivers won twelve world championships between 1962 and 1973


Lola Cars - Lola made its first foray into Formula One in 1962, supplying Lola Mk4 cars to Reg Parnell's "Bowmaker-Yeoman Racing Team", with John Surtees and Roy Salvadori as drivers


Willy Mairesse - In the 1963 12 Hours of Sebring Mairesse and Nino Vacarella placed second after Ludovico Scarfiotti and John Surtees


Rosso corsa - & Ferrari won the 1964 World championship with John Surtees by competing the last two races in Ferrari 158 cars painted white and blue -the national colours of the teams from the United States- as these were entered not by the Italian factory themselves but by the US-based NART team


Lotus 25 - At the final race in Mexico, just as in 1962, the Climax engine developed an oil leak and with literally a lap to run Clark coasted to a halt in sight of world championship victory, this time conceding to John Surtees


Ferrari - Curiously, Ferrari won the 1964 World championship with John Surtees by competing the last two races in North America with cars painted in the US-American race colors white and blue, as these were not entered by the Italian factory themselves, but by the U.S.-based North American Racing Team team


Italian Grand Prix - Ferrari driver John Surtees won in 1964, and Briton Jackie Stewart won his first of 27 Grand Prix victories in 1965, driving for BRM. Against team orders, he fought hard with his teammate Graham Hill, and Hill made a mistake at the Parabolica and Stewart was in command; this was all to the chagrin of team boss Tony Rudd


Surtees - The team was formed by John Surtees, a three-time 500cc motorcycle champion and the 1964 Formula One champion


When Surtees questioned Ferrari team manager as to why, as the Ferrari team leader, he would not be allowed to compete, Dragoni told Surtees that he did not feel that he was fully fit to drive in a 24-hour endurance race due to the injuries he has sustained late 1965 add something


On 25 September 1965, Surtees had a life-threatening accident at the Mosport Circuit whilst practicing a Lola T70 sports racing car add something


Due to perennial strikes in Italy, Ferrari could only afford to enter two cars for the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans instead of its usual entry of three prototypes add something


Surtees made a full recovery and competed with a T70 in the inaugural Can Am series in 1966, winning three races of six to become champion over other winners Dan Gurney , Mark Donohue and Phil Hill as well as the likes of Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon add something


The 1966 season saw the introduction of new, larger 3-litre engines to Formula One. Surtees's debut with Ferrari's new F1 car was at the 1966 BRDC International Trophy at Silverstone, where he qualified and finished a close second behind Jack Brabham's 3-litre Brabham BT19 add something


This decision, cost both Ferrari and Surtees, the Formula 1 Championship in 1966 add something


Under Le Mans rules in 1966 each car was only allowed two drivers per car add something


Jacky Ickx - Ferrari traditionally started the season with its full attention on the sports car championship rather than Formula One, a fact that had already caused John Surtees to leave in the middle of the 1966 season


Lorenzo Bandini - He again became the number one driver for Ferrari, replacing John Surtees who left in mid-season of 1966


Ferrari 512 - John Surtees, who had quit Ferrari in 1966 after an argument with Eugenio Dragoni, returned for the races in Monza, Spa and at the Nürburgring


Surtees moved to the new Japanese Honda team for the 1967 season add something


Lola Cars - In 1967, Lola assisted Honda Racing and John Surtees with the design of their F1 car


For a while in the 1970s Surtees ran a motorcycle shop in West Wickham, Kent and a Honda car dealership in Edenbridge, Kent add something


The team was finally disbanded at the end of 1978 add something


In 1996, Surtees was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame add something


The FIM honoured him as a Grand Prix "Legend" in 2003 add something


He remains involved in single-seater racing cars and held the position of chairman of A1 Team Great Britain, in the A1 Grand Prix racing series from 2005-7 add something


Already a Member of the Order of the British Empire , he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2008 Birthday Honours add something


His son, Henry Surtees competed in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, Formula Renault UK Championship and the Formula &BMW (BMW_Motorrad) UK championship for Carlin Motorsport, before he died whilst racing in the Formula 2 championship at Brands Hatch on 19 July 2009 add something


In 2013 he was awarded the Segrave Trophy in recognition of multiple world championships, and being the only person to win world titles on 2 and 4 wheels add something


Following the death of Australian Sir Jack Brabham on 19 May 2014 at the age of 88, Surtees is currently the oldest surviving Formula One World Champion add something


He is the oldest surviving 500cc/MotoGP World Champion following the death of his friend and rival Geoff Duke, who died at the age of 92 in 2015 add something


Surtees died of respiratory failure on 10 March 2017 at St George's Hospital in London, at the age of 83 add something


A moving tribute to Surtees was held at the Goodwood Members Meeting in the UK on 19 March 2017 add something


Jackie Stewart - Following the death of John Surtees on 10 March 2017, Stewart is now the oldest surviving Formula One World Champion, as well as the only living World Champion from the 1960s era of Formula One.


Phil Read - Following the death of John Surtees on 10 March 2017, Read is now the oldest surviving 500cc/MotoGP World Champion