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