John Surtees

1934 - 2017

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John Norman Surtees, (11 February 1934 – 10 March 2017) was a British Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Formula One driver. On his way to become a seven-time Grand Prix motorcycle World Champion, he won his first title in 1956, and followed with three consecutive doubles between 1958 and 1960, winning six World Championships in both the 500 and 350cc classes. Surtees then made the move to the pinnacle of motorsport, the Formula One World Championship, and in 1964 made motor racing history by becoming the Formula One World Champion. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Surtees has received more than 1,395,565 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). John Surtees is the 36th most popular racing driver (down from 32nd in 2019), the 706th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 643rd in 2019) and the 8th most popular British Racing Driver.

John Surtees is most famous for being the only person to win world championships on both two and four wheels. He won the 1964 Formula One World Championship and the 500cc Motorcycle World Championship in 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, and 1962.

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Among racing drivers, John Surtees ranks 36 out of 1,080Before him are Alfonso de Portago, Carlos Reutemann, Carlos Sainz, Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior, Fernando Alonso, and Roland Ratzenberger. After him are Jody Scheckter, Mika Häkkinen, Mike Hawthorn, Walter Röhrl, Denny Hulme, and Jean Todt.

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Among people born in 1934, John Surtees ranks 55Before him are Georges Moustaki, Brian Epstein, Wole Soyinka, Louise Fletcher, Bengt I. Samuelsson, and Bettino Craxi. After him are Giovanni Battista Re, Jan Švankmajer, Rudolf Schuster, Alfred Schnittke, Mohamed Farrah Aidid, and Carlo Rubbia. Among people deceased in 2017, John Surtees ranks 54Before him are Oliver Smithies, Jonathan Demme, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, Al Jarreau, and Danielle Darrieux. After him are George Andrew Olah, Chester Bennington, Peter L. Berger, Mauno Koivisto, John Heard, and Yisrael Kristal.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Surtees ranks 706 out of 8,785Before him are Francis Hutcheson (1694), David Brewster (1781), William Webb Ellis (1806), Julian Huxley (1887), Chris Rea (1951), and Ann Radcliffe (1764). After him are Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (1964), Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550), Oliver Reed (1938), John Gurdon (1933), Offa of Mercia (800), and John Franklin (1786).

Among RACING DRIVERS In United Kingdom

Among racing drivers born in United Kingdom, John Surtees ranks 8Before him are Ken Miles (1918), Jackie Stewart (1939), Jim Clark (1936), Graham Hill (1929), Nigel Mansell (1953), and Alfonso de Portago (1928). After him are Mike Hawthorn (1929), Stirling Moss (1929), Lewis Hamilton (1985), Damon Hill (1960), Colin McRae (1968), and Mike Hailwood (1940).