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.
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’.
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.
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
Forget to make This a Date in Your Diary...For the Best Event
in the Town!
Fun Day, Monday 26th May......Starts at 11.00 – 4.00 at
the Leisure Centre Park.