Oxford Brookes pays tribute to former F1 World Champion and Honorary Graduate John Surtees CBE

Monday, 13 March 2017

John Surtees CBE speaking with Oxford Brookes students

It was announced on Friday (10 March) that John Surtees CBE, the only man to win the Formula One and motorcycle grand prix world titles, had sadly passed away at the age of 83.

In a remarkable career, John won seven world championships on motorcycles, one Formula One world drivers’ title and the North American Can-Am Championship for sports cars.

It was with great sadness that we learnt of John’s passing. His was truly a remarkable life and it was a great pleasure for Oxford Brookes to award John an Honorary Degree in 2015.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor

In 1959 John was awarded an MBE and won the Sports Personality of the Year award, and went on to receive a CBE in 2016.  

Responding to the news, Vice-Chancellor Professor Alistair Fitt said: “It was with great sadness that we learnt of John’s passing. His was truly a remarkable life and it was a great pleasure for Oxford Brookes to award John an Honorary Degree in 2015.

“He was a real source of inspiration not only to those within our Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, but to the wider student body and colleagues across the University.

“Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this time.”