John Surtees, the only man to have won World Championships on both two and four wheels, will top the celebrity guest list at the 2014 Autosport International show in January.
Surtees will share memories of his victories at Europe’s largest motorsport show, accompanied by a selection of iconic cars and bikes from his career spanning three-decades.
Having dominated motorcycling in the late 50s, winning a remarkable seven Road Racing World Championships between 1956 and 1960, including six victories at the Isle of Man TT, Surtees switched to four wheels, making his Formula One debut with Lotus at the Monaco Grand Prix. The Surrey-born racer was then invited to drive for Ferrari in 1963, culminating in taking the 1964 Formula One World Championship title.
Not only is Surtees the only man to have won both two and four wheel World Championships, but he remains the only Briton to have won the Formula One title for Ferrari, and is one of few drivers in history to have driven for his own team, having set up the Surtees Racing Organisation in 1970.
“Autosport International is a major part of the motorsport calendar, and I’m delighted to be attending the 2014 show,” said John Surtees, who will also highlight the work of the Henry Surtees Foundation at the show, which was established after his son, Henry, was killed in an accident at Brands Hatch in 2009. “Having raced for over 30 years in many different disciplines, it’ll be exciting to pass on my experiences to passionate fans, and share the work of the Henry Surtees Foundation in motorsport and road safety.”
“John Surtees’ achievements are unparalleled, and we are honoured to recognise his standing in motorsport at Autosport International 2014,” added Autosport International Show Director, Ian France.
“After proving himself a master on motorcycles, he demonstrated that he was one of the best on four wheels as well. Having duelled with drivers such as Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Sir Jackie Stewart throughout his career, we know fans will be eager to hear from John, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of his Formula One World Championship.”