John Surtees (left) with the Duke of Richmond (middle) and MotoGP star Valentino Rossi at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2015
Goodwood has strong links with Surtees: he tested a car for the first time at the motor circuit in 1959.
In 1960, he raced a Formula Junior Cooper at the 39th Members’ Meeting, where he finished second to Jim Clark.
Plus, when the Goodwood Festival of Speed began in 1993, Surtees became a patron of the event and helped organise the ’bike classes.
From 2024, all vehicles competing at the Goodwood Revival will use synthetic fuels
“As an eight-time World Champion and the only man to achieve the honour on both two and four wheels, John Surtees was not only a huge figure in the history of the Goodwood motor circuit, but also played a big part in the establishment of our modern events,” said the Duke of Richmond.
“Along with Stirling Moss, John was a patron of the Festival of Speed and was deeply involved from the very beginning. More than anything, he was an exceptional racer and a great friend.”
The vehicles participating in the Surtees celebration will run on sustainable fuels, as will all those competing at the 2024 Goodwood Revival.
Tickets are still available for this year’s meeting, which takes place from 6-8 September, starting from £72 – see here.
Images: Ian Lambot/Drew Gibson/Dominic James/James Mann
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