John Surtees would have turned 84 today. He was an English Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Formula One driver. He was a four-time 500cc motorcycle World Champion, winning that title in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960 and he was the Formula One World Champion in 1964, and remains the only person to have won World Championships on both two and four wheels.

Until today no other driver was able to repeat his success in the Englishman’s unique style. Enthusiasm, passion, rigour, a detailed analysis of the race tracks and of his adversaries transformed Surtees’ long career into a continuous success in every class and on all kinds of tracks. Born in 1934 with an inherited passion for motorbikes, as a young man he dedicated himself to two wheels, debuting and winning his first official race in 1951 in the Excelsior B14 class 500.

Last year John unfortunately passed away, but he will always be remembered as a legend.

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