John Surtees, the only man ever to win both a motorcycle GP championship (he won a total of four 500 cc titles) and an F1 automobile world championship (with Ferrari in 1964) passed away on March 10 at the age of 83. Surtees’ first motorcycle crown was earned aboard an MV Agusta in 1956.
After taking his fourth 500cc motorcycle world championship in 1960 (again aboard an MV Agusta), giving Surtees a total of seven two-wheel championships, Surtees eventually moved on to racing automobiles and won the F1 championship for Ferrari in 1964 after being lured to the team by Enzo Ferrari, himself.
Surtees only son Henry followed his father’s footsteps into automobile racing, but was tragically killed in an F2 race in 2009. The family started the Henry Surtees Foundation thereafter to assist people with brain injuries. John Surtees was the oldest F1 champion at the time of his passing. RIP.
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