John Surtees CBE. 1934 – 2017
It is with great sadness that I write that John Surtees CBE has passed away. In a statement from the Surtees family confirms he “passed away peacefully this afternoon with his wife, Jane and daughters, Leonora and Edwina were by his side”.
“We deeply mourn the loss of such an incredible, kind and loving man as well as celebrate his amazing life. He has set a very real example of someone who kept pushing himself at his peak and one who continued fighting until the very end.”
John Surtees, CBE (born 11 February 1934) is a British former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Formula One driver. He is a four-time 500cc motorcycle World Champion – winning that title in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960 – the Formula One World Champion in 1964, and remains the only person to have won World Championships on both two and four wheels. He founded the Surtees Racing Organisation team that competed as a constructor in Formula One, Formula 2 and Formula 5000 from 1970 to 1978. He is also the ambassador of the Racing Steps Foundation.
See details of his life and career here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Surtees