1997 OLDTIMER GRAND PRIX
John Surtees, talking to my brother Luc.
John Surtees (born February 11, 1934) is an English racing driver, and the only one to have become World Champion on both two and four wheels.
Born in Tatsfield, Surrey, Surtees won seven world titles in motorcycle racing, winning the 350cc championship from 1958 to 1960, and the 500cc championship in 1956 and 1958 through 1960.
Surtees switched from motorcycles to cars, full time in 1960 making his Formula 1 debut racing for Lotus in the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo. He moved to Ferrari and won the world championship for the Italian team in 1964.
Surtees parted company with Ferrari during the 1966 season, citing excessive pressure as a factor, leaving Jack Brabham to take the Drivers' Championship.
He later formed his own race team, Surtees Racing Organization, which raced in Formula One during the 1970s.
In 1996, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
It is expected that Surtees' mantle will soon be taken over by Valentino Rossi, the multiple World Champion on two wheels who has performed impressively in private test sessions with the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro.
"Big John" together with his children and Klaus Seybold, Mercedes engineer.