" Driving for the Honda racing team, Surtees adjusts his goggles before the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo. — Photograph © Schlegelmilch/Corbis John Surtees remains the only racer ever to have won a World championship on a bike and in car. "
John Surtees @ Autosport International
2014 is fifty years on from John Surtees’s historic Formula One World Championship.
And a good way to mark the anniversary would be to get along to Autosport International next weekend, where a collection of race cars and motorcycles will form a tribute to the great man’s life.
After taking seven motorcycle Road Racing World Championships, Surtees became the first man to win world championships on both two and four wheels when he secured the 1964 title with Ferrari. It’s an accolade Surtees still holds today, and he’s also the last Brit to have won an F1 crown with the Scuderia.
With Surtees to headline the list of motorsport stars attending the show, at Birmingham’s NEC on 9-12 January, his title-winning Ferrari 158, which he drove to victory at both Monza and the Nurburgring, leads the special display.
Surtees’s very first motorcycle, a 1939 250ccTriumph Tiger 70, is joined by the 1949 500cc Vincent Grey Flash on which he won his first race at Aberdare Park in Wales. Works Norton and BMW Rennsport bikes will be there along with the manufacturer Surtees enjoyed incredible success with, MV Agusta.
Surtees claimed six titles with the Italian brand across 350cc and 500cc competition between 1958 and 1960, and the 1960 Type 500cc MV Agusta from his final season of motorcycle racing rounds out the display.
Get up close and personal with the machines that motored the legend.
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