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Auto Racer
    (February 11, 1934-March 10, 2017)
    Born in Tatsfield, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
    Grand Prix motorcycle racer and Formula One auto racer
    Won seven Grand Prix Motorcycle World Championships, three for 350 cc engines (1958-60), four for 500 cc engines (1956,1958-60)
    One Formula One Championship (1964)
    Founded the Surtees Racing Organization (1970)
    Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (1996)
    Named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to sport (2016)
    After his first professional motorcycle race, in which he was a passenger in the sidecar while his father drove, he was disqualified for being underage (1947).
    He had never even watched an auto race before taking up Formula One racing.
    He quit the Ferrari team midway through the 1966 season after an argument with the team’s manager, a decision that likely cost him a second Formula One title.
    As of 2017, he is the only person to have won world championships in both motorcycle racing and auto racing.
    A serious racing crash left the left side of his body an inch shorter than the right side (1965).
    His son Henry died in a Formula 2 race at age 18 when he was struck in the head by a wheel that had broken off another car (July 19, 2009).
    He established the Henry Surtees Foundation to help people recovering from brain injuries return to society and to support motorsport-related educational programs.

Credit: C. Fishel

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