John Surtees CBE, 1934-2017


The MSA is deeply saddened by the news that motorsport legend John Surtees CBE has passed away aged 83.

John made history as the only man to win world championships on four wheels and two, with four 500cc motorcycle triumphs in the 1950s and ’60s, followed by the 1964 F1 title. In recent years he established the Henry Surtees Foundation in memory of his late son, Henry. He also bought Buckmore Park Kart Circuit in Kent and remained a stalwart support of UK motorsport throughout his life.

Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: “John’s passing is an enormous loss to motorsport in so many ways; the legend, the history, the heritage, the passion and the commitment, not to mention the success, which will not be surpassed.

“I recently spent some time with John at his home, where despite his frailty he was as enthusiastic as ever to talk about further plans for Buckmore Park, the development of karting generally and of course his beloved Henry Surtees Foundation.

“We send our condolences to John’s wife, Jane, and to his daughters, Leonora and Edwina.”

Image: The late John Surtees CBE (l) with Rob Jones at the MSA Night of Champions, January 2016.

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