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2014-06-05 10:48

HONOURING A LEGEND: Legendary driver and rider, John Surtees, pictured here at the 1961 British GP, will be honoured at the Silverstone Classic in July. Image: Silverstone Media

  • Only World champion on two and four wheels
  • British Racing Drivers’ club to honourlegend
  • Historic links with Silverstone

LONDON, England - The astonishing achievements of John Surtees OBE (Order of the British Empire) will be celebrated once again at the 2014 Silverstone Classic weekend (July 25-27 2014), the annual three-day car and race festival at the English race circuit.

In 1964 Surtees, now 80, added the Formula 1 Drivers’ championship to his four 500cc Motorcycle titles to become the first (and still only) racer to win championships on both two and four wheels. Surtees will be guest of honour at the 2014 BRDC Silverstone Classic dinner.

‘WILL NEVER BE EQUALLED’

The dinner, booked for July 25, was first held in 2013 and is now one of the highlights at the world’s largest classic motor-racing festival.

President of the British Racing Drivers’ club, former F1 driver Derek Warwick, said: “It promises to be a very special evening. We are incredibly proud and privileged to be honouring John – a true racing legend whose remarkable accomplishments will never ever be equalled.

“Clearly this is an extremely special year for him and the BRDC is delighted to be paying its own tribute to one of its most outstanding members.”

Surtees has strong historic links with Silverstone. He remembers watching his father compete at the famous Northamptonshire venue soon after it opened in the 1940's and has raced countless cars and bikes at the circuit.

RECALLING SILVERSTONE


His first Formula 1 race was at Silverstone, as was his first GP podium.

Surtees said: “Formula 1 started for me at Silverstone when Colin Chapman – after I had tested his Lotus 18 there – said: ‘John drive for me when you are not racing your bikes’.  It was then rather satisfying to get second in the British GP with Colin in that first year of switching between two and four wheels in 1960."
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