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John Surtees OBE
Born February 11, 1934, in Tatsfield, Surrey, John Surtees, OBE, is revered as one of Great Britain's greatest-ever motor sportsmen. He amassed no fewer than eight World Champion titles, seven on two wheels in 350cc and 500cc motor-cycle racing and one on four wheels for Ferrari in 1964 Formula 1. He then added the inaugural Canadian-American Challenge Cup (CanAm) Championship title driving the Lola-Chevrolet T70 in 1966 that he had helped perfect, and he went on to build and race his own Surtees-Ford Formula 1 cars, winning with them twice at Oulton Park, and taking both Formula 2 and Formula 5000 titles as constructor and entrant.
Riding most prominently MV-Agusta motorcycles, during the period 1958-1960, John Surtees won 32 of 39 races and became the first man to win the Senior TT on the Isle of Man three consecutive years. The adoring Italian tifosi nicknamed him figlio del vento (son of the wind), then simply Il Grande John – 'John the Great'.
He was also a formidable endurance racing driver, combining his natural driving talent with rare mechanical understanding and sympathy. For Ferrari he won the Sebring 12-Hours plus multiple Monza and Nurburgring 1,000Kms races while also excelling for Lotus, Cooper, Lola, Cooper-Maserati and Honda before going his own way. During his remarkable racing career he won 290 of the 621 races he entered and claimed a further 103 podium finishes before his swansong appearance, in the 1972 Italian Grand Prix. Today he is one of the most respected of all surviving road racing veterans –by any standards a great British racing warrior.
"A fine collector's timepiece commemorating my career as the only World Champion on two and four wheels" John Surtees OBE