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John Surtees named CBE in New Year Honours list

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John Surtees, the only man to be crowned world champion on two wheels and four, has been made a CBE in the New Year Honours list by Queen Elizabeth II.

The 1964 F1 world champion has a unique place in motor racing history in that he also secured the 500cc world title between 1956 and 1960. He then switched to open wheel racing, winning the title with Ferrari before going on to form his own team in 1970.

The Surtees team competed in F1 for nine seasons, dropping out after the 1978 season due to lack of money. Surtees remains active in motorsport today as an ambassador for safety and as the head of the Henry Surtees Foundation, set up in memory of his late son, who was tragically killed in an FIA F2 race at Brands Hatch in 2009.

Surtees was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)in 1959 before being appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2008. A Commander of the Order of the British Empire is the highest honour someone can receive before being granted a knighthood, a title many fans have pushed for Surtees to receive in recognition of his achievements in the sport.

At 81 Surtees is the oldest surviving F1 champion following the death of Jack Brabham in 2014.