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Happy birthday John Surtees!

Submitted by on February 12, 2014

Surtees_1964_Germany_03_BCThe only man who will ever become the champion of both Formula 1, 350cc and 500cc Motorcycle racing turns 80 today.

Surtees_1962_Silverstone_01_BCBy the end of 1960 a young John Surtees had already won seven Motorcycle World Championships during the course of just four years – a feat which he achieved by winning both the 350cc and 500cc Championships in 1958, 1959 and 1960. Still this didn’t mark the crowning moment of Surtees’ racing career – he would go on to race both Sportscars and Formula 1, becoming F1 World Champion in 1964 whilst driving for Ferrari.Sear-Clark-Surtees_1965_TouristTrophy_01_BCSuch feats are highly unlikely to ever be repeated – so let’s reflect on the achievements of John Surtees whilst he celebrates his 80th birthday. Enjoy!

Learn more about his success on two wheels HERE.

15 brilliant photos showcase John’s time spent in F1 HERE.

Images by Cahier Archive

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