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As one might ex­pect, many mem­o­ries of Mr Surtees have ar­rived at Clas­sic Racer head­quar­ters, all of which have – with­out ex­cep­tion – es­poused the many pos­i­tives his ac­tions brought not only to mo­tor­cy­cle racing but also Bri­tain. Here’s a se­lec­tion of some of the mis­sives we have re­ceived.

Dear CR, On the same day that we lost both Surtees and Sheene a num­ber of years be­fore, I won­der how many of the mod­ern so-called Moto GP ‘stars’ took a mo­ment to re­flect on their own be­hav­iour in racing? With all the back­bit­ing and gen­eral spon­sor-led ver­bal fight­ing that seems to hap­pen off the track, there is much not to like about the mod­ern scene. What­ever hap­pened to let­ting your per­for­mance in the race be your last­ing comment on any sit­u­a­tion that hap­pens in a sea­son? The likes of Sheene and Surtees may have used the me­dia to their ad­van­tage at times, but nei­ther could be ac­cused of up­ping their sta­tion off the track with­out be­ing able to de­liver when they swung a leg over the back of a race­bike. Richard Brown

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