And in celebration of the 60th anniversary of his final TT, where he won his sixth title in the Senior race, this year’s Classic TT presented by Bennetts will celebrate his life with a lap featuring a host of his race-winning machines.
Among the classic cohort will be the very MV Agusta aboard which Surtees’ won both that final TT and the 1960 World Championship, plus the 1949 Vincent Grey Flash that he won his first race on – his most cherished motorcycle. A Vincent Black Lightning from the same year will also feature, while Norton is represented with three bikes from the Surtees family collection – a 1953 Works Norton, a 1959 Manx Norton and an F Norton 500cc Experimental Prototype. In fact, the majority of the motorcycles are from the Surtees collection, with John’s wife Jane and daughter Edwina due to attend.
These machines, and many others, will feature in a display in the Classic TT Paddock, with a celebratory excursion around the Mountain course during Race Day 1 on Saturday 29th August. Esteemed riders will include 23-time TT Race winner John McGuinness, Mick Grant, Paul Hollywood, Steve Parrish, Steve Plater and Ian Skinner, John’s team mechanic for over thirty-five years.