As well as the biking action, the big screen will be paying tribute to the uniquely talented John Surtees CBE, screening a pair of very special films that are sure to delight motorsports fans and fans of social history in equal measure. The films are just part of the weekend’s activities celebrating the life and career of the racing legend with some of John’s closest family and friends not only featuring here, but attending the Classic TT in 2020 to help pay tribute to this remarkable man.
RACING LEGENDS: JOHN SURTEES
In this BBC special, Paul Hollywood meets one of his heroes, John Surtees - the only man to win world championships with both bike and car. To get an insight into the life and times of one of Britain's greatest living sportsmen, Hollywood takes to the track and visits the Isle of Man to discover more about some of Surtees's finest races. He learns how Surtees went from humble beginnings to working for the aristocrats of Italian racing, while Surtees looks back on a life filled with danger, glamour and intrigue - one that has seen both triumph and devastating personal tragedy.
With contributions from Surtees's wife and daughters as well as rivals and commentators, the programme gives an intimate and enthralling portrait of a complex man who survived and succeeded in an era when death and injury were an ever-present danger in racing. Fans can catch the film across the weekend, showing as part of our series; Breakfast by the Big Screen.
CHAMPION SURTEES: PROFILE OF A LEGEND
Relive the amazing career of a true legend, John Surtees, with this fabulous film from Duke. The finest example of a complete racer, John Surtees won an incredible seven Motorcycle World Championships during his short career - including consecutive 350 and 500cc doubles in 1958, 1959 and 1960. Surtees saw much success on the Isle of Man too, and this year’s special event will mark the 60th anniversary of John’s final TT appearance, where he won his 6th and final TT by claiming the Senior title for a third consecutive year.
Moving to four wheels and Formula One in 1961, Surtees clinched the World Championship in 1964 while driving for Ferrari, making him the only man in the history of motorsport to win the respective premier world championships for motorcycle racing and car Grand Prix.
Champion Surtees gives an absorbing, action-packed look at a remarkable racing career and remains a thoughtful and moving tribute to a special talent. Fans can catch the film across the weekend, showing as part of our series; Breakfast by the Big Screen.