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John Surtees receives OBE

John Surtees is one of the sporting giants included in the Queen's Birthday Honours list published on Saturday 14 June 2008. John – who was already awarded an MBE in 1959 – receives an OBE for services to motorsport and charity.

John commented:

"Many years ago I was fortunate enough to receive the MBE, and to now receive the OBE makes me doubly proud – not just for personal reasons but for British motorsport which I've been so privileged to serve in so many different ways over the years.

"It's no secret that I believe British motorsport doesn't get a fair crack of the whip when you consider the massive contribution it makes to British sport generally and the British economy. So this honour is most welcome from a personal point of view but, more importantly, because it recognises the value of two and four wheel motorsport to our country."

Since giving up his active race career in the 1970s, John has worked tirelessly on behalf of the sport, flying the flag for the industry and campaigning for more support for up and coming young drivers. In his stint as a director of the British Racing Drivers' Club he invested considerable time and effort into the introduction of a karting programme leading to an opportunity in cars.

The multiple world champion has also lent considerable support to numerous charities including the organisation of fund raising Super Prix.

More recently he has taken on the role of Racing Steps Foundation ambassador to help spot and develop talented young British drivers who without the support of organisations like the Foundation would never get the chance to prove their ability at the highest level.  

In recent months he has also found time to spearhead the exciting new programme relative to the entry of China into motorcycle Grand Prix racing with creating the team that will design, build and race the new 125cc Maxtra GP bike that is being built on behalf of and with the Haojue company.

18 June 2008