Massive Surtees parade brings his hometown to a standstill

| 28 May 2014

The sleepy Kent town of Edenbridge was brought to a standstill on Bank Holiday Monday by a huge influx of legendary machines and racing drivers.

Thousands of spectators lined the streets as John Surtees, Robbie Kerr, Scott Malvern and others paraded a wealth of astonishing machinery through the town.

Star cars were the Ferrari 158 in which Surtees won the 1964 F1 World Championship – brought over from Alabama by George Barber – and a Surtees TS7, the first car constructed by Team Surtees.

The special event – marking both the 50th anniversary of Surtees' title and the motor sport icon's 80th birthday – also included 200 classic cars and motorcycles. The cavalcade passed twice down Edenbridge High Street before convoying to the Surtees team factory.

After the run a special display outside the Bradford shop on Station Road included the 158 and TS7 as well the ex-Mike Hailwood and Carlos Pace Surtees TS14, the 1973 TS15, a 1960 MV Agusta, Surtees' own BMW 507, a 1949 Vincent Grey Flash and a works Norton.

Surtees said: "It’s fantastic to have the High Street closed on a busy Bank Holiday weekend so that we could give all the visitors the sight and sound of Formula One and times gone by. 

"It’s not often that people get to hear and watch Formula 1 cars up close, and judging by the response of the crowds who cheered us through, they must’ve enjoyed it as much as I did."

The event was organised by the Eden Valley Chamber of Commerce, as part of Edenbridge Fun Day and featured entertainment throughout the day including live bands, pram races, dog show, trade stalls, and a classic car and motorcycle display. 

The event also raised awareness and funds for the Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance and The Henry Surtees Foundation, the foundation established by John Surtees following the tragic death of his son Henry while competing in Formula 2 race in 2009 aged just 18. Click here for more details. 

Photos: Jonathan Sharpe/David Woolard