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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 1 World Championship, and in 1964 made motor racing history by becoming the F1 World Champion. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Surtees has received more than 1,194,005 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). John Surtees is the 32nd most popular racing driver (down from 29th in 2019), the 643rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 703rd 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 32 out of 888Before him are Nigel Mansell, Jack Brabham, Giacomo Agostini, Carlos Reutemann, Mike Hawthorn, and Jean Todt. After him are Mika Häkkinen, François Cevert, Stirling Moss, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, and Roland Ratzenberger.

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Among people born in 1934, John Surtees ranks 47Before him are Jacques Anquetil, John L. Hall, Diana Wynne Jones, Niklaus Wirth, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and Lansana Conté. After him are Wole Soyinka, Louise Fletcher, Jonas Savimbi, Jan Švankmajer, Bengt I. Samuelsson, and Alfred Schnittke. Among people deceased in 2017, John Surtees ranks 45Before him are Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, Malcolm Young, Liliane Bettencourt, Al Jarreau, Peter L. Berger, and Adnan Khashoggi. After him are Sam Shepard, Jean Rochefort, Emma Morano, Chester Bennington, Mauno Koivisto, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Surtees ranks 643 out of 7,765Before him are William Byrd (1543), Tim Curry (1946), Philippa of England (1394), Rachel Weisz (1970), Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet (1892), and Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild (1868). After him are Andrew Wiles (1953), Louis Wain (1860), Henry Bessemer (1813), Henry Every (1659), George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon (1866), and Julian Barnes (1946).

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 Mike Hawthorn (1929). After him are Stirling Moss (1929), Lewis Hamilton (1985), Damon Hill (1960), Colin McRae (1968), Alfonso de Portago (1928), and Peter Collins (1931).