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Edenbridge Fun Day... John Surtees Race Winning Cars & Bikes!
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John Surtees, the only man in the World to win Championships on 2 and 4 wheels... will be roaring through the town during this great Edenbridge Fun Day on 26th May. This special event will see some of John’s cars and bikes not only in “action” but a static display where John’s Team was based, at the end North end of the town towards Marlpit Hill. Last year was a fantastic display from John his friends, with his mechanics revving – up the great MV Augusta and BMW; that John raced in the early days of his 2 wheeled motorcycle career.
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This year 2014, is a busy year for racer John Surtees; it’s the 50th anniversary of his Formula One World Championship with Ferrari, and it’s his 80th Birthday. But even those two milestones don’t really do justice to his achievements for between 1956 and 1960, Surtees won seven World Championships and six Isle of Man TTs on 350cc and 500cc MV Agusta motorcycles. Stepping from bikes and into Formula One cars, he drove for Lotus, BRM, Cooper and Honda and then, from 1963, for Ferrari. After winning the Nürburgring and Monza 1000km races in Enzo’s sports cars, he took the Formula One World Championship in 1964 in a Ferrari 158. Winning world championships with both bikes and cars is a feat unmatched by any other racer, he also won the 1966 Can-Am Championship in the Lola T70 Mk II – a car he helped develop. Between 1969 and 1978 he ran his own team – Team Surtees – designing and campaigning cars for Formula 5000, Formula Two and Formula One. Over the summer, both John and his machines will be at some of the most prestigious classic racing events and venues across the country, including his home town in ‘Kent’.
The cavalcade will start at 1500hrs, with John leading the procession along High Street in the Ferrari 158; in which he won his 1964 Formula One Driver's World Championship. He will be followed by cars and bikes significant to both his and Team Surtees history…These will include a 1960 four-cylinder MV Agusta GP motorcycle and a 1954 BMW Rennsport twin-cylinder motorcycle – Surtees raced for the factory team at the Nurburgring in 1955. There will also be a 500cc 1949 Vincent Grey Flash motorcycle built by John in 1979 using a large number of parts from the original machine that he built in 1950 whilst working as an apprentice at the Vincent Company. A chance to see the man and his cars in “Team Surtees” home town. There will be some rarely seen racing cars and bikes taking to the streets in a special anniversary tribute parade through the town. The first Formula One car built by Team Surtees at its Edenbridge base – the TS7 – will also make an appearance. The car won the Gold Cup and finished fifth in the Canadian Grand Prix in 1970. The 1972 TS14, which came fifth in the World Championship driven by Mike Hailwood and Carlos Pace, will also feature in the procession and will be the 1973 TS15 that came second in the European Formula 2 Championship running a Brian Hart-developed Ford BDA engine, also driven by Mike Hailwood.
 

 

Edenbridge has been Surtees' business base for the past 56 years. As well as celebrating John’s remarkable racing achievements, the Fun Day will raise awareness – and funds – for local charities including the Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance and Henry Surtees Foundation www.henrysurteesfoundation.com


Don’t Forget to make This a Date in Your Diary...For the Best Event in the Town!
 
Edenbridge Fun Day, Monday 26th May......Starts at 11.00 – 4.00 at the Leisure Centre Park.
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