Farewell to John Surtees
Motoring community says goodbye to a unique racing legend
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.