Brooklands set for Surtees charity event


The Henry Surtees Foundation Team Karting Challenge will return to Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey on 5 July. The charity event is organised by 1964 Formula One world champion John Surtees and is free for spectators. Last year, it raised more than £58,000.

The centrepiece of the day is the two-hour karting enduro, for which there are still places available. There will also be demonstrations of historic machinery, with David Brabham set to drive John Fairley’s BT11, and while Surtees himself will be behind the wheel of a Lola T70 to mark 50 years since he won the inaugural Can-Am series. 

Motorcycles are set to be represented, too, with Stuart Graham – another ’biker turned car racer – taking charge of Surtees’ 500cc MV Agusta. It’s 60 years since John won the World Championship with the team, which had been encouraged to enter senior racing by Stuart’s father, Les. 

Spectators will be able to explore the Mercedes-Benz World site during the day, while in the evening there will be a champagne reception – with Steve Rider interviewing the racers and celebrity guests, plus a charity auction. Lots include a tour of the Mercedes GP factory, a Brooklands Concorde Gold Simulator Flight, plus memorabilia including racing gloves signed by Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen.

To enter a team of four for the karting, or to buy a ticket for the evening reception, see or email for more details.

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