The day I raced with ‘Big John’

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Richard Gunn

‘I met John Sur­tees a few times and it was al­ways a priv­i­lege; he was never any­thing less than in­ter­est­ing, hum­ble and a to­tal gentle­man. The first oc­ca­sion stands out, be­cause I raced him... sort of. Scalex­tric cel­e­brated its 50th birth­day in 2007 and I at­tended the Lon­don party at which John (and late son Henry) were VIPs. The evening in­cluded slot car rac­ing, and one heat saw me pitched against John. Suf­fice to say, he won. I wasn’t sur­prised – he’d mas­tered four wheels and two wheels, so why not slots?’

King of the track – full-size and model.

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