Being Sir John
I’ve given up waiting for John Surtees to be awarded a knighthood so I’m just going to go ahead and call him “Sir John” from here on in. Anyone who can drive and engineer F1 cars as well as he did – and win World Championships on both two wheels and four – deserves to be a Lord in my book, let alone a Knight. Accentuating the theme, I came across this photo in the files the other day: it’s of me wearing Sir John’s 1964 Championship-winning Everoak helmet, taken in the house of Gert Kramer in 1984. Gert is a friend who used to work for Daimler Benz; and, as you can see from the other photo, he has/had one of the best F1 driver helmet collections in the world. Senna? Prost? Reutemann? No problem. And, yes: that is Nigel and Rosanne Mansell there with Stefan Johansson.