John Surtees says he feels 'honoured' to be made a CBE on the New Year honours list for his services to motorsport and charity efforts while also thanking those who've supported him.
Surtees is the only person in history to claim a world championship title on both two and four wheeled disciplines, winning the 500cc motorcycle world title in 1956 and 1960 before seamlessly switching to Formula 1 and securing the 1964 world crown with Ferrari.
The Brit, who turns 82 in February, also ran his own F1 team between 1970-78 while also setting up a car construction programme and in 1972 the F2 car won the European Formula 2 championship with Mike Hailwood.
Today Surtees is involved in 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 feels the CBE award recognises the efforts made by the teams he worked with in both his racing career and the Henry Surtees Foundation.
“I am obviously honoured to receive this further recognition,” Surtees said. “It is recognition, as far as I am concerned, not only for myself but for the world of two and four wheeled sport and the teams I have worked with. Fast forward to more recent times I would thank and include in this honour all those that have helped and supported our dreams, ambitions and work for the Henry Surtees Foundation.”
Surtees has already received an MBE in 1959, before getting an OBE in 2008. His new title, a CBE, is one below a Knighthood - the top honour, which many fans have been campaigning for the 81-year-old to receive.
Also on the New Year honours list was Paddy Hopkirk, who famously won the Monte Carlo Rally in a Mini Cooper S in 1964, who picks up an MBE for his services to motorsport and also for his charity work with 'SKIDZ'.