John Surtees

1934 - 2017

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John Surtees, (11 February 1934 – 10 March 2017) was a British Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Formula One driver. He was a four-time 500 cc motorcycle World Champion – winning that title in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960 – the Formula One World Champion in 1964, and remains the only person to have won World Championships on both two and four wheels. He founded the Surtees Racing Organisation team that competed as a constructor in Formula One, Formula 2 and Formula 5000 from 1970 to 1978. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Surtees has received more than 990,140 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). John Surtees is the 29th most popular racing driver (down from 23rd in 2019), the 704th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 534th 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 29 out of 888Before him are Ronnie Peterson, Clay Regazzoni, Nigel Mansell, Carlos Reutemann, Jacky Ickx, and Giacomo Agostini. After him are Mike Hawthorn, Mario Andretti, Jean Todt, Roland Ratzenberger, Helmut Marko, and Mika Häkkinen.

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Among people born in 1934, John Surtees ranks 50Before him are Stanislav Shushkevich, John L. Hall, Louise Fletcher, Jan Švankmajer, Eduard Khil, and Mohamed Farrah Aidid. After him are Jonas Savimbi, David J. Thouless, Giovanni Battista Re, Alfred Schnittke, Wole Soyinka, and Bettino Craxi. Among people deceased in 2017, John Surtees ranks 46Before him are Liliane Bettencourt, Emma Morano, Liu Xiaobo, Harry Dean Stanton, Nicolaas Bloembergen, and Danielle Darrieux. After him are Adnan Khashoggi, Jonathan Demme, Jean Rochefort, Jacque Fresco, George Andrew Olah, and Jake LaMotta.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Surtees ranks 704 out of 6,924Before him are Ronald Fisher (1890), Judith of Flanders (844), James Joseph Sylvester (1814), Jessica Tandy (1909), William Pitt the Younger (1759), and Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond (1430). After him are Charles Vane (1680), H. L. A. Hart (1907), Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (1850), John of Salisbury (1110), Mike Hawthorn (1929), and William Holman Hunt (1827).

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), Stirling Moss (1929), Graham Hill (1929), and Nigel Mansell (1953). After him are Mike Hawthorn (1929), Damon Hill (1960), Mike Hailwood (1940), Lewis Hamilton (1985), Piers Courage (1942), and David Purley (1945).