F1 World Champion John Surtees has been made a CBE in the New Year honours list for his services to motorsport.

Surtees is the only man in history to have been crowned World Champion on both two and four wheels, winning the 500cc world title (now MotoGP) in 1956 and 1960, before then taking the Formula 1 crown with Ferrari in 1964.

He ran his own team in F1 from 1970-1978 and today remains involved through his safety and charity work for the Henry Surtees Foundation, set up in memory of his son, who was killed by a freak accident while racing in F2 at Brands Hatch in 2009.

Surtees had already received an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 1959, before getting an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 2008. His latest title, a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire), is one below a Knighthood - the top honour, which many fans have been campaigning for the 81-year-old to receive.

Meanwhile, Paddy Hopkirk, who famously won the Monte Carlo Rally in a Mini Cooper S in 1964, picked up an MBE, for his services to motorsport and also for his charity work with 'SKIDZ'.


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I seem to recall many years ago an observation that Surtees was maybe somewhat too "direct" and that the "establishment" did not take kindly to having their shortcomings pointed out to them.

However, he is as deserving of a "K" as Sir JYS.

In terms of respect of his peers, and the motor-racing fans in general, he is up there with the likes of Moss & Stewart.

At least Edenbridge (where Team Surtees were based) knows how to treat him.