One of the key highlights of this year’s Autosport International is without a doubt the tribute which has been put together for John Surtees.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Surtees taking victory during the 1964 Formula One World Championship. When he achieved that title, he became the first man to win championships both on two and four wheels after being previously crowned Road Racing World Championship an incredible seven times. Additionally, Surtees is the latest British racing driver to have won an F1 season while racing for the sport’s most recognised outfit, Ferrari.
One of the key highlights of the John Surtees tribute at Autosport International is his title winning Ferrari 158 which he took to victory at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza and the German Grand Prix at the legendary Nurburgring. For those that didn’t know, it is powered by a lightweight 90 degree, 1.5-liter V8 engine and this will mark a rare appearance for the car outside of the U.S. where it generally sits at the George Barber Museum at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.
When standing back at the show, it is amazing to see all the different cars Surtees piloted to such great success, and seeing the development of the Formula One cars on display spanning his 13 year in Formula One is quite remarkable!