Surtees awarded CBE in New Year’s Honours List

by Paul Hensby

1964 Formula 1 World Champion John Surtees has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours List, adding to his previous MBE and OBE accolades.

The legendary eighty-one-year-old is the only person to win World Championships on both two and four wheels, and has been awarded the title of Commander of the British Empire.

The Order of the British Empire have recognised Surtees not just for his on-track achievements but also for his work with charities, especially after setting up the Henry Surtees Foundation in honour of his son who was tragically lost in a crash during a Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch in 2009.

Amongst other attributes, the foundation provides support to those who have suffered injuries in accidents.

Surtees was originally made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1959, before being made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in 2008, while there have been calls for many years for Surtees to be knighted.

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