Mem­o­ries of two mo­tor rac­ing gents

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Robert Buckby, Mil­ton Keynes

was re­minded, see­ing the photo on page five of CCW, 5 April that one of my first jobs in mo­tor rac­ing was help­ing to re-as­sem­ble cars for the May 1981 meet­ing at Brands Hatch that cel­e­brated John Sur­tees’s achieve­ments.

At a firm in Mil­ton Keynes, which his for­mer me­chanic Alan Jake­man helped to run, the then very in­com­plete Team Sur­tees TS5 in the pic­ture was to ‘ben­e­fit’ from my var­i­ous in­spi­ra­tions on miss­ing fab­ri­cated items! I spot­ted my rear wing end plates in the pic­ture which are sadly noth­ing like the orig­i­nals, and the new blue driver’s wind­screen that re­placed a bro­ken one that ended up re-pur­posed on my Yamaha YB100. Mr Sur­tees would turn up in his blue Fer­rari to in­spect the work and ar­gue over the bill, never wast­ing an un­nec­es­sary word. Sadly while we were work­ing on Mike Hail­wood’s Team Sur­tees TS14 we heard of the ac­ci­dent in which he and his daugh­ter died and his son was badly in­jured.

RIP to two unique gen­tle­men.

Try­ing the seat for size.

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