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Happy Birthday John Surtees

Postby Danno » Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:26 am

The only person to win both 4-and 2-wheeled GP titles is 83 years young.
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Re: Happy Birthday John Surtees

Postby acotrel » Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:55 pm

I am surprise Surtees has never received a royal gong for his contribution to motor sport. I believe he really worked at honing his skills and achieved so much. The guy that interests me is Redman - also an achiever.
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Re: Happy Birthday John Surtees

Postby nickguzzi » Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:05 pm

Surtees was the first rider I ever saw racing who was a World Champion. A superb "stylist" and extremely consistent as a rider and a perfectionist with his machinery preparation.
Such an achievement to follow up with winning the F1 crown too.
Surtees has been awarded several honours, MBE, OBE and CBE.
Motorsport, particularly bikes, rarely gets acknowledged with a knighthood.

There may be others, but Sir Jack Brabham and Sir Stirling Moss spring to mind.... but both in the 4 wheel arena.
Only Joey Dunlop with his posthumous knighthood, and that from the Tynwald - Manx Parliament.

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Re: Happy Birthday John Surtees

Postby Bernhard » Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:45 am

Didn’t Mike Hailwood get an MBE as well as being awarded the George Medal :?:
There were others too.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Hailwood

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Re: Happy Birthday John Surtees

Postby nickguzzi » Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:51 pm

Yes indeed, Mike Hailwood did receive an MBE (and a George Medal) but I did - or thought I did - mention a recipient of a knighthood.

Has anyone - other than Joey Dunlop - been knighted for their services on a racing motorcycle.

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Re: Happy Birthday John Surtees

Postby Paul W » Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:01 am

I am not an advocate of the award system here in the U.K. But it just shows how farcical the system is. Over paid, over rated footballers receive knighthoods, but you have a tremendous person like John Surtees who is a world champion on two and four wheels (the only one ever) getting lesser honours.
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