Today, legendary racer John Surtees, who became a champion on four and two wheels, turned 83.
Being the son of a motorcycle dealer and racer-lover Vincent Surtees, John quickly start to show love for motorcycle sports. He first took part in the race, being the cradle of the motorcycle, which was ruled by his father, however due to the fact that John was only 14, the crew was disqualified.
His first race took place just a year later. By the time John was already on his certificate of completion of training in the workshop of his father.
The career of Surtees began to develop rapidly. Just a year after he started to play for MV Agusta, his nickname Figlio del Vento (translated from the Italian.: Son of the wind). Indeed, from 1956 to 1960 Surtees won seven world titles — three in a class of 350 cubic centimetres and four 500 CC.
Then, in 1960, Surtees decided to try his hand at four-wheeled vehicles, and there had come to him again a success, although not as large. In the framework of the world championship, Surtees won six races, while the title went to him only in 1964 in the composition of Ferrari.
A year later, his career could have ended after a serious accident on the track Mosport Park in Canada, but in 1966, Surtees once again sat behind the wheel of a F1 car.
From 1970 racer decided to try his hand at managing your own team, however, this initiative can hardly be called successful.
Surtees retired in 1972, while his own team lasted until 1979.
It should be noted that Surtees were successful, and driving a sports car. Together with Ferrari, he was subjected to race at the Nurburgring, in Sebringe and Monza, and in 1964, together with Lorenzo Bandini, he took third place in the daily marathon in Le Mans.
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