The Only Man to win World Championships on Two and Four Wheels Passes Away

Motorsport legend John Surtees has died. The British driver and Rider had a very successful career, winning four 500cc World Championship between 1956 and 1960. He also became the first rider to win the Isle of Man TT three times in a row and won the Formula One World Championship with Ferrari in 1964.

English racing driver John Surtees drives a Ferrari 158/F1 car at Silverstone in 1965. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
English racing driver John Surtees drives a Ferrari 158/F1 car at Silverstone in 1965. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Surtees was admitted to hospital in February and has unfortunately passed away today. His family released this statement:

“John was a loving husband, father, brother and friend. He was also one of the true greats of motorsport and continued to work tirelessly up until recently with The Henry Surtees Foundation and Buckmore Park Kart Circuit.

We deeply mourn the loss of such an incredible, kind and loving man as well as celebrate his amazing life. He has set a very real example of someone who kept pushing himself at his peak and one who continued fighting until the very end.

We would like to thank all the staff at St George’s Hospital and The East Surrey Hospital for their professionalism and support during this difficult time for us.”

John Surtees riding an MV Agusta 350cc  (Photo by S&G/PA Images via Getty Images)
John Surtees riding an MV Agusta 350cc (Photo by S&G/PA Images via Getty Images)

The son of a south London Motorcycle dealer, Surtees was around Motorsport all of his life, and along with his personal success later in life, he continued to support up and coming talent after his racing career with his ambassadorial role with the Racing Steps Foundation.

Surtees has held the record for being the only Motorsport professional to win World Championships on two wheels and four, his legacy will continue after his death. His passing will undoubtedly affect the many Motorsport circles that Surtees was part of after such a lengthy career, and that is credit to the man.