John Surtees signs books at Goodwood Festival of Speed June 30 2014
Several hundred fans of John Surtees were able to meet the great man at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and buy a copy of his new book, dedicated and signed by him.
John had a very busy schedule over the three-day Festival but he was able to fit in a signing session on each day and meet lots of admirers. Every sale of the book, newly published by Evro Publishing, raised money for the Henry Surtees Foundation. Everyone who bought a book seemed to be delighted to have the chance to meet John and share a few words. There were lots of smiles and John had a minute or two for everyone despite being in great demand.
On the Friday there was also a special presentation of a copy of the book to Lord March by Eric Verdon-Roe, Evro Publishing's chairman.
This year is the 50th anniversary of John becoming Formula 1 World Champion and the landmark was marked by a special display of his cars at Goodwood in an area dedicated to the Henry Surtees Foundation. Among the highlight machines on display were a Ferrari 158 as used by him to win the 1964 Formula 1 title and a 1960 MV Agusta of the type that brought John his last 500cc World Championship in motorcycle racing. John's success in winning the 1966 Can-Am series in North America was also represented with a Lola T70 in Team Surtees colours.
There was also a fine cross-section of cars of Surtees's manufacture, for he became a car constructor in his own right in 1969 and built around 100 cars before winding down the business in 1978. Included among the Surtees display was his first Formula 1 car, the TS7 of 1970, and an example of the TS10 with which Mike Hailwood won the European Formula 2 Championship in 1972.