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Little Classics News: 15 March 2014

John Surtees Guest of Honour at Donington Historic Festival

John Surtees Guest of Honour at Donington Historic FestivalJohn Surtees OBE, the only man ever to have won World Championships on two and four wheels, is to be the Guest of Honour at this year’s Donington Historic Festival on 3rd, 4th and 5th May. The motorsport legend will be at Donington Park on the Sunday and Monday of the event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his famous F1 World Championship win in 1964 driving for Ferrari. John will be holding autograph sessions for spectators, giving them the chance to meet the holder of a motorsport record that has never been equalled.

Donington Historic Festival founder Duncan Wiltshire said, “John Surtees is the latest motor racing ‘great’ to be celebrated at the Festival. With over 400 classic racing cars spanning seven decades, the race action at the Donington Historic Festival is itself a celebration of the golden days of the sport, and to have John Surtees at the event allows us to pay tribute to a unique record holder and a truly outstanding driver and rider.”

John Surtees steered his way into the record books by winning seven World Championships on 350cc and 500cc motorcycles with MV Agusta between 1956 and 1960 and then moving on to four wheels, taking the Formula One World Championship with Ferrari in 1964. He also drove for the BRM, Cooper, Honda and Lotus works teams and won the Nürburgring and Monza 1000km races with Ferrari and the 1966 CanAm Championship in the Lola T70 he helped develop. During a spectacular racing career which saw Surtees take victory in 290 of his 621 races, and a further 103 podium finishes, he also designed, built and raced his own Team Surtees single-seaters in F1, F2 and F5000.

John Surtees OBE classic racingChristopher Tate, Managing Director of Donington Park, said, “2014 marks not only John’s 50th World Championship anniversary, but also his 80th birthday. We are very much looking forward to celebrating those two anniversaries with him. With Donington Park’s own 80 plus year history in both two- and four-wheeled motorsport, it is entirely fitting that the only person who has ever achieved World titles in both disciplines makes a personal appearance at the circuit’s international Historic Festival.”

The 2014 Donington Historic Festival will be raising funds for the Henry Surtees Foundation ( which was inspired by John Surtees following the tragic death of his son Henry while competing in a Formula 2 race in 2009 when just 18 years old.

There are also special discounts for members of classic car clubs that have registered with the Festival, and car club organisers are invited to register their club via the car club section on the event’s website to allow their members to enjoy these benefits.

With close-fought racing every day, classic rally cars and karting action and a ‘living motoring museum’ created by dozens of classic car clubs displays, plus a host of other entertainment and attractions, exhilaration and entertainment is guaranteed on every day of the Festival. To learn more about the Donington Historic Festival and book advanced discounted tickets see:


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