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John Surtees
John Surtees
John Surtees
John Surtees
John Surtees
John Surtees
John Surtees
John Surtees
John Surtees
John Surtees

John Surtees

My incredible life on two and four wheels

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Author John Surtees
ISBN: 9780992820923

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This is a photographic memoir by the only man to have won World Championships on motorcycles and in cars. Containing nearly 300 photographs from the late John Surtees’s own collection as well as from the world’s finest motorsport picture libraries, this major book presents a complete visual record of Surtees’s life accompanied by fascinating commentary written in collaboration with co-author Mike Nicks. Royalties from sales of the book go to the Henry Surtees Foundation, which was set up to honour the memory of John’s son Henry, who was tragically killed in a freak accident at Brands Hatch in 2009.
Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year, 2014 Overall winner of the RAC Motoring Book of the Year 2014

• Early years (up to 1952): a childhood around motorcycle racing, apprenticeship with Vincent, then racing a Vincent Grey Flash.

• Getting established (1953–55): Moving on to ride mainly Manx Nortons, he did 86 races in one year, and in 1955 achieved his first grand prix win, in the 250cc Ulster GP on an NSU.

• Glory years (1956–60): dominating top-level motorcycle racing for five years with Italian team MV Agusta, taking seven World Championship titles on 500cc and 350cc bikes.

• The remarkable year of bikes and cars (1960): overlapping his last year of motorcycle racing with 17 car races, including four F1 World Championship events, the second of them – the British GP – bringing a second place with Lotus.

• Ferrari driver (1963–66): established in cars, he joined Ferrari, winning his first race – the Sebring 12 Hours for sports cars – and the following year becoming F1 World Champion.

• CanAm champion (1966): after recovery from a huge crash in a Lola T70 sports car and acrimonious departure from Ferrari, he bounced back in North America to win the spectacular CanAm series.

• Turning Japanese (1967–68): Honda invited Surtees to develop and drive its F1 cars, with a two-year programme in which victory in the Italian GP at Monza – Ferrari territory – was the highlight.

• Becoming a constructor (1970–78): going into single-seater racing, including F1, with Team Surtees and cars of his own manufacture; good results in F1 were sparse but Mike Hailwood won the European F2 Championship in 1972.

• Later years (1978 onwards): fully active on the historic scene as a restorer and driver of motorcycles and cars, then nurturing son Henry’s career until the tragic accident.

Format: 295 x 240mm
Jacketed hardback
Page extent: 304pp, colour throughout
Illustration: 275 photographs, colour and black/white

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“Fantastic.” Motor Cycle News

“A very personal work, frank and straightforward, and unexpectedly engaging.” Motor Sport

“A superb look back at his tremendous career.” Daily Express

“What a life – and what a marvellous book.” Ride

“Lavishly illustrated… a beautiful photographic memoir of a unique career.” Classic Motorcycle Mechanics

Mike Nicks
Mike Nicks is a prolific journalist and author who has edited the British publications Bike, Classic Bike, Classic Racer, Motor Cycle News and Classic Car Weekly. In the USA he has worked on Motor Trend, Motorcyclist and Circle Track magazines. He has also written on cars, motorcycles, languages and business for the Guardian, Observer, Independent, Times, Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph newspapers in London.

He has known John Surtees since the 1980s, when their shared passions for matters on both two and four wheels ensured a continuing friendship. The pair collaborated on a series of Racer Tests of exotic motorcycles for Classic Bike, and more recently Mike has been writing magazine and newspaper articles about John’s extraordinary life, and his work in developing the Henry Surtees Foundation.

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