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Surtees awarded CBE in New Year honours list

John Surtees made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire
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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December 31, 2015 2:54 PM

Why the heck has he not been a Knight for many, many years? A legend to both motorbike and car racing fans, he has for too long been overlooked. Sir Stirling Moss, never won a WDC (although he deserves it as well) John Surtees CBE, 3 times 350cc, 4 times 500cc, 1 F1 WDC. How can this not sound like anything but an insult?

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