CELEBRATING SURTEES

The remarkable life and career of John Surtees CBE, one of the greatest names in Motorsport, will be celebrated during this year’s Classic TT presented by Bennetts. John’s closest friends and family will be travelling to the island to share in the celebrations and pay tribute to the motor-sporting legend, while fans will delight in seeing some of John’s most famous machines up close.

John will also be honoured with a celebration lap featuring some of the bikes from the Surtees Family Collection. Riders confirmed to appear in the celebration lap on Saturday 29th August include TT and motorcycling stars John McGuinness, Mick Grant, Steve Parrish and Steve Plater. TV presenter and friend of the family, Paul Hollywood, also takes part and returns to the island to once again pay tribute to his personal hero.

Other events in honour of John Surtees include ‘Celebrating Surtees’ - a very special chat show feature on Sunday 30th August as part of the Festival in a Day. Fans will be compelled by what promises to be a uniquely fascinating round of chat and insight with Charlie Williams welcoming our guests of honour to the TT Fan Park. The Fan Park is also the place to be to catch the best archive footage of John’s remarkable career with special screenings throughout the weekend.

THE COMPLETE RACER

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. The finest example of a complete racer, John Surtees also won an incredible seven Motorcycle World Championships during his short career - including consecutive 350 and 500cc doubles in 1958, 1959 and 1960.

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.

THE SURTEES FAMILY COLLECTION

The MV Agusta that Surtees rode to victory in both the 1960 World Championship and 1960 Senior TT will take centre stage for the celebration lap – as well as a once-in-a-lifetime display for the Classic TT, which is set to feature a number of iconic machines from the Surtees family collection.

Other famous bikes set to make an appearance through the weekend include the 1949 Vincent Grey Flash that Surtees rode to his very first victory. John considered the Vincent the most important bike of his career, but race enthusiasts are sure to delight at the sight of a 1949 Black Lightening Vincent as well as three fabulous Norton motorcycles that pre-date John’s time with MV Agusta – a 1953 Works Norton, a 1959 Manx Norton and an F-Norton 500cc Experimental Prototype.