This year's Silverstone Classic event will take place over the long weekend of Friday 28th - Sunday 30th July. For more information, including how you can buy tickets, go to www.silverstoneclassic.com.
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In this episode we guide you through the checks that you should regularly perform on your car.... Tyre pressures, where to find the manufacturer's recommended pressures, and how to pump up your tyres when needed.... Tyre tread depth to help you stop in an emergency... and looking for cracks and damage...
In response to the various maintenance related questions that we are often asked, the UKMotorTalk team are producing a series of "back to basics" videos to help you keep your car and passengers safe, and perhaps save a few quid... Forecourt Fixes guides you through the various tasks that can easily be performed by ANY driver...
I was sad to hear of the death of John Surtees CBE,
famously the only man to win world championships on both 2 wheels and 4.
Our thoughts go out to his family.
John Surtees won the Formula One World Championship for Ferrari
in 1964, and before that, the son of a motorcycle dealer, dominated
motorcycling’s highest levels, winning four world motorcycling titles from 1956
In 1962 he transferred his massive skills from 2 to 4 wheels,
coming second in only his 2nd F1 race when pitted against such luminaries as
Graham Hill. His talents soon caught the eye of Ferrari boss Enzo Ferrari whom
he joined in 1963, and won his world title with the following season.
Truly a champion of champions, and having met and interviewed
Sir John, yes, I believe he should have been knighted such were his
contributions to motor sports. John was a champion gentleman too, a very
unaggressive and unassuming man and a gentle man, yet in interviewing him many
times one one sensed an iron will within.
But John seemed to lose heart after the untimely death of his
son Henry in a freak motor racing accident. John devoted his tireless energies
thereafter to charity works raising millions for charities concerned with head
injuries, even selling at auction recently his treasured F1 champions book, a
massive tome, an exhaustive history of F1, its ownership limited to only those
who had reached the absolute pinnacle of motor sports.
It is extremely unlikely that anyone will ever repeat John's
feats, the times are very different. Like his contemporaries, John could and did
drive anything and everything. He was competitive in everything, saloons, sports
cars, even the mighty CanAm cars. But it was in the rather fragile Ferrari that
his smooth driving style shone, forming a strong relationship with “il
Commendatore”, Enzo Ferrari, the legendary boss of Ferrari, though they were
later to fall out mostly over safety.
For all his time on 2 wheels and 4, John not only survived in
an era when many didn't, but he had very few crashes, again a testament to his
I will miss his willingness to chat any time we met, especially
at Goodwood events which he came to every year. Many will miss him for his
talents, others who met him for his charm. His name will stay in the record
books for ever and that's entirely fitting. He achieved every goal he set
himself, and there are few who can say that.