BONHAMS CO-CHAIRMAN MALCOLM BARBER TO HOST THE HENRY SURTEES FOUNDATION CHARITY AUCTION

Malcolm Barber on the rostrum

The Henry Surtees Foundation fundraising auction will take place on Tuesday 11 July 2017 at Mercedes-Benz World, Surrey. The event includes a champagne reception hosted by Steve Rider and Henry Hope-Frost with special guest interviews plus a fundraising auction by Malcolm Barber of Bonhams.

Auction lots include signed artwork and memorabilia from an exclusive Omologato watch, No 1 of a limited edition range that has been designed in collaboration with the Surtees Family to a pair of Sebastian Vettel's 2016 racing gloves. Lots range from behind-the-scenes factory tours from Red Bull Racing and Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Teams to the loan of a Ferrari California T for a weekend.

The 2017 event is set to be the highest profile event yet and will feature a special tribute to the charities founder, John Surtees CBE, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Last year it raised over £58,000 for the Henry Surtees Foundation which was established by John, following the tragic death of his son Henry. Freddie Spencer, Derek Bell, Damon Hill, Stuart Graham and Paul Hollywood are amongst those already confirmed to be attending.

The Henry Surtees Foundation was inspired by motor sport legend John Surtees CBE, following the tragic death of his son Henry, killed aged just 18 years old whilst competing in Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch in 2009.

The worthwhile causes supported with equipment by the Henry Surtees Foundation include the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust, the Great North Air Ambulance, Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, and Yorkshire Air Ambulance and their regional Blood Bike groups, plus the Midlands Air Ambulances and Great Western Air Ambulances. The Henry Surtees Foundation has a special relationship with Vauxhall and work in partnership to provide special lease terms for our support of transportation of blood between hospital and Air Ambulance. The Foundation has also supported other worthy causes.

About John Surtees CBE:

John Surtees had an illustrious career in motor sport and is revered as one of the most gifted and versatile racers of all time. He holds the outstanding distinction of being the only man to have won World Championships on two and four wheels, an accolade that is highly unlikely to ever be surpassed.

John Surtees claimed the 500cc GP title on two wheels four times before winning the 1964 Formula One World Championship. He started competing as a sidecar passenger for his father – although in their debut race together the duo were disqualified after crossing the finish line first because John was too young to compete within the rules. He was not put off and after a spell riding for the Norton works team, he moved to MV Augusta a duly won the 500cc World Championship – the first of seven world titles he secured in just five years and which resulted in the award of an MBE. By 1960 Surtees was also competing on four wheels – winning his first Grand Prix in 1963, driving a Ferrari. He survived a terrible crash at the Canadian GP for sports cars in 1965 returning to win the Can-Am Championship in his Lola T70. Drives for Honda and BRM followed, and then in 1970 Team Surtees entered its own cars in F2, F5000 and F1 events. He won the non-championship Oulton Park Gold Cup in two consecutive years then retired from the cockpit in 1972 with a third place in the F1 International Trophy Race at Silverstone and two wins in F2 – driving Surtees cars, all of which he designed and built. Surtees continued to manage Team Surtees until 1978 with drivers Mike Hailwood, John Watson, Alan Jones and René Arnoux.

The event starts at 6.00pm. Tickets cost £70 per person. A full list of auction lots will be released shortly. Bookings are now being taken online, please visit: www.henrysurteesfoundation.com

To register a bid - including those for telephone and absentee – please contact Mark Gold at Bonhams on T: 0207 468 5807 or mark.gold@bonhams.com

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