Surtees collects top award for services to motor sport

| 8 Jul 2012

Racing legend John Surtees OBE has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to the motor sport industry.

More than 300 people from parliament, the Government and the business world of motor sport attended the presentation during the Motorsport Industry Association's reception in the House of Lords on Monday 2 July.

Peter Luff MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence, presented the award to Surtees who joins a list of renowned recipients including Adrian Newey, Ross Brawn OBE, Sir Frank Williams CBE, Sir Stirling Moss OBE, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, Tom Wheatcroft and Bernie Ecclestone.

Surtees became World Champion on 350cc and 500cc motorcycles in 1956, '58, '59 and '60, F1 World Champion in 1964, and Can-Am Champion in 1966.  He raced in both car and 'bike World Championships in 1960, and took second place in only his second F1 race, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

He said: "It was such a surprise to win. Throughout my career I’ve tried to follow my heart and set an example. Life has had its ups and downs but motor sport, both on and off the circuit has always been close to my heart. I see motor sport as an industry that can set an example, not necessarily so a person can become a Lewis Hamilton or a Jenson Button but because it’s vibrant and offers so many exciting opportunities. It’s a real honour to win this MIA award because it means that all of those years trying to achieve things, in such a wonderful industry, have been recognised.”