Surtees talked about working for Vincent where he earned £2-10s a week and his first race on a Triumph Tiger 70. Later, he bought his Vincent Grey Flash in pieces from Mike Hailwood’s father Stan. Success followed resulting in world championships in 1956 and 1958-60. It was Britain’s first F1 world champion Mike Hawthorn who suggested it was easier to stay on four wheels than two. He quit MV and raced a Cooper.
Driving for Ferrari in 1964 he became the only man to win both two and four wheel world championships in the premier league. His career culminated in creating a team carrying his own name. Fundraising on the day resulted in a £3440 haul for the Henry Surtees Foundation.
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As well as the bewildering array of two and four wheel machinery usually to be seen, it was joined by John’s 500cc MV Agusta and the TS10 Formula 2 car he drove to a win in the 1972 Japanese Grand Prix.
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