Amazing Surtees tribute to take centre stage at Autosport International

| 6 Jan 2014

A celebration of the racing life of John Surtees – including a wonderful selection of the cars and 'bikes he piloted – will be the centrepiece of Autosport International.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Briton's F1 title, the main attraction at the NEC, Birmingham from 9-12 January (Thursday and Friday are 'trade' days) will be Surtees' championship-winning Ferrari 158. The car is rarely seen outside of the USA where it is the star exhibit of a dedicated Surtees display at the George Barber Museum at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

Surtees, who will be at the NEC, said: “I’ve got very fond memories of the 1964 season with Ferrari, and seeing my 158 from that year is always a special occasion.

"I’m looking forward to having it alongside many of my other race cars and bikes at Autosport International, and sharing stories about the entire collection with fans of the sport."

The Lotus 18 that Surtees used on his F1 debut at Monaco in 1960 will also be on display, alongside the 1970 TS7 – the Surtees Racing Organisation's first F1 car – and the Lola T70 in which he won the first Can-Am series in 1966.

Among the two-wheeled attractions are Surtees' first motorcycle, a 1939 250cc Triumph Tiger 70 and the 1949 500cc Vincent Grey Flash on which he won his first race at Aberdare Park in Wales, as well as works Norton, BMW Rennsport and, naturally, MV Agusta.

The Henry Surtees Foundation will also have a presence at the show. Founded after the tragic death of his son Henry in an accident in 2009, Surtees' charity assists those who have sustained injuries in accidents and provides education, training and road safety instruction for two and four wheels.

Adult tickets are now available from £31 and children’s tickets from £20. For more information about the show, visit