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John Surtees:


My Incredible Life on Two and Four Wheels P


By John Surtees with Mike Nicks Forewords by Valentino Rossi & Sebastian Vettel


ublished to mark the fiftieth anniversary of John Surtees becoming Formula 1 World Champion in 1964, this long-awaited book is a


photographic memoir by the only man to have won World Championships on motorcycles and in cars. Containing nearly 300 photographs from Surtees’


own collection, as well as from the world’s finest motorsport picture libraries, this major book presents a complete visual record of Surtees’ life, accompanied by insightful commentary in his own words and is written in collaboration with co-author Mike Nicks. In motorcycle racing through the second half of the


1950s, John Surtees was in a class of his own, winning seven World Championships on Italian MV Agusta motorcycles. Aged only 22, he became 500cc World Champion in 1956 and followed that with an incredible run of six titles – three each in the 350cc and 500cc categories – in the three years from 1958 to 1960. In his extraordinary 1960 season, he accepted an impossible challenge – to anyone but John Surtees – of competing in both motorcycle grand prix and Formula 1 cars. With MV Agusta he won seven of 12 races entered and took his last two world titles. In Formula 1 he took part in six races and finished second with a Lotus 18 in the British Grand Prix, only his second World Championship start. As with bikes, by 1963 he was racing for an elite


Italian team, Ferrari, in both sports cars and Formula 1. He won his very first race with Ferrari, the 1963 Sebring 12 Hours for sports cars, and in 1964 he became Formula 1 World Champion with a fine run of results as the season reached its climax – including forever


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winning the hearts of Italian fans with victory at Monza. Ever versatile as a racer, in 1966 he bounced back after injury in a huge sports car crash to win the inaugural Can-Am series in North America, driving a Lola T70. Then Honda recruited him to its new Formula 1 team for two seasons that saw him win the Italian Grand Prix again. A must have book for any motorsport fan.





The Henry Surtees Foundation was founded in 2010 and has established two annual events. Racing returned to Brooklands, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz World and its museum, for the first time since before the war. The event brings together celebrities, business people, enthusiasts and stars of motorsport. The second event is at Buckmore Park where there is a history of future British world champions learning their skills. This year Paul Hollhywood opens the event


www.henrysurteesfoundation.com essence info


Evro Publishing Limited: UK RRP: £50, Hardback, ISBN 978-0-9928209-2-3 304pp, 275 photographs colour and black/white Website: www.evropublishing.com


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