Farewell to John Sur­tees

Mo­tor­ing com­mu­nity says good­bye to a unique rac­ing le­gend

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Fam­ily and friends paid their last re­spects to mo­tor­sport hero, John Sur­tees CBE, at his fu­neral, which was held near Craw­ley, West Sus­sex, on 28 March.

More than 300 mourn­ers at­tended the pri­vate cer­e­mony at Worth Abbey, to say farewell to John, who died on 10 March, aged 83. Among those at the ser­vice were many mo­tor­sport col­leagues, in­clud­ing Nigel Mansell, Derek Bell, Chris­tian Horner and Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Wil­liams.

A 1970 Team Sur­tees F1 car and an MV Agusta mo­tor­cy­cle were dis­played out­side the Abbey, while John’s rac­ing hel­met was placed poignantly on his cof­fin.

Dom Kevin Tag­gart, who led the ser­vice, said: ‘ To­day he fin­ished the race with no pit stops.’

Clas­sic Car Weekly’s as­so­ciate ed­i­tor, David Brown, at­tended the fu­neral as a friend of John’s and a sup­porter of the Henry Sur­tees Foun­da­tion. ‘While we will al­ways re­mem­ber John for his many mo­tor­sport achieve­ments, the con­tin­ued suc­cess of the Henry Sur­tees Foun­da­tion is his on­go­ing le­gacy,’ he says.

John is sur­vived by his wife Jane and his daugh­ters Ed­wina and Leonora (pic­tured above on the cover of the fu­neral ser­vice card) and to whom Clas­sic Car Weekly sends its sin­cer­est con­do­lences.

John Sur­tees CBE, 19342017, died on 10 March 2017.

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