23 May 2014
Surtees parade to highlight local ‘fun day’
John Surtees legendary F1 and motorcycle career will be celebrated as part of the annual Edenbridge Fun Day.
Fans of motorsport on both two and four wheels will get the chance to spy some rarely-seen machinery this coming Monday [26 May] as John Surtees brings out a selection of his cars and bikes to support a local event.
Still the only person to have won world championships on both two and four wheels, Surtees will be supporting the annual Edenbridge Fun Day, marking the relationship his business has had with the town for the past 56 years. The day will celebrate his individual motorsport achievements, as well as those of Team Surtees, which gained worldwide success by winning American and British championships with its Formula 5000 cars, as well as the 1972 European F2 title.
The special event will feature a parade of Surtees' rarely-seen F1 race cars and bikes, which will run twice through Edenbridge High Street before returning to the site that was the Surtees team's base. The demonstration will then be followed by a large procession of veteran and classic vehicles all drawn to Edenbridge by the festivities.
“2014 marks not only the 50th anniversary of John winning the F1 world championship, but also his 80th birthday,” Peter Kingham, the head of Edenbridge Chamber of Commerce, commented, “We are very much looking forward to celebrating those two anniversaries with him at the fun day, as well as raising funds for our chosen charities.”
The event will raise awareness and funds for local charities, including the Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance and Henry Surtees Foundation, established by John Surtees following the tragic death of his son Henry while competing in an F2 race in 2009.
The Surtees-related vehicles taking part in the Edenbridge Fun Day and parade include:
Ferrari 158 - the actual car in which Surtees won his 1964 F1 world championship racing title
Surtees TS7 - the first F1 car built by Team Surtees at its Edenbridge base, the TS7 had its first race in the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch in 1970. In the same year it won the Gold Cup competing against a World Championship grid and finished 5th in the Canadian Grand Prix
Surtees TS14 - the first car to be introduced to the new safety regulations in 1972 and was driven by Mike Hailwood and Carlos Pace, setting lap records in the German and Austrian Grand Prix. Hailwood took second place at the Italian Grand Prix, and the team finished fifth in the world championship, one place behind Ferrari
Surtees TS15 - the two-litre F2 car built in 1973 which finished second in that championship, and the prototype that won the prestigious Interlagos race in Brazil driven by Carlos Pace
1960 MV Agusta four-cylinder – Surtees won seven world motorcycle championships riding for MV Augusta and 6 Isle of Man TTs
1954 BMW Rennsport twin-cylinder motorcycle – Surtees raced for the factory team at the Nurburgring in 1955
Mercedes-Benz 300SL - this is one of the limited production cars made by Mercedes-Benz following the success on their return to racing of the 300SL prototype in Carrera Panamerica
1949 Vincent Grey Flash 500cc motorcycle - built by Surtees in 1979 using a large number of parts from the original machine that he built in 1950 whilst working as an apprentice at the Vincent Company. Surtees won his first ever race on a Grey Flash, at Aberdare Park in Wales, the first of many wins before he transferred to a Norton to compete in international events
Works Norton 350cc - one of the last works machines built by the original Norton company in the early Sixties, featuring an ultra-short-stroke engine of 86mm x 60mm and outside flywheel
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