Former F1 title winner John Surtees has won the MIA Award for outstanding contribution to the motorsport industry at the MIA's reception in the House of Lords.
Peter Luff MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence, presented the award to Surtees in recognition of his unequalled career in motorsport, both as a driver and business leader for the past 60 years.
Surtees joins a special group of previous MIA Award winners including Adrian Newey, Ross Brawn, Sir Frank Williams, Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, Tom Wheatcroft and Bernie Ecclestone.
“It was such a surprise to win,” Surtees. “Throughout my career I've tried to follow my heart and set an example. Life has had its ups and downs but motorsport, both on and off the circuit has always been close to my heart.
“I see motorsport as an industry that can set an example, not necessarily so a person can become a Lewis Hamilton or a Jenson Button but because it's vibrant and offers so many exciting opportunities. It's a real honour to win this MIA award because it means that all of those years trying to achieve things, in such a wonderful industry, have been recognised.”
Chris Aylett, chief executive of the MIA was pleased to see Surtees take the award.
“MIA members are delighted to honour John, such an inspirational man whose contribution to our industry has been exceptional, and of huge influence for so long,” he said. “We are pleased that with the help of our President, Lord Drayson, we are able to host this unique annual event which brings together industry leaders from around the world and government representatives to celebrate the success of the British motorsport industry.”