urtees needs no introduction. The only person ever to have won World Championships on both two wheels and four, “Big John” is one of the greatest racers who ever lived—revered for what he won and how he did it. No racer ever climbed to the top of either sport as quickly as Surtees did. He was that good. Surtees’ racing career began on three wheels, competing alongside his father—a successful South London motorcycle dealer—on a Vincent sidecar rig. Surtees even worked at the Vincent factory in Stevenage for a spell as an apprentice in 1950 when he was 16. He made his solo racing debut the next year, announcing his arrival by nearly defeating factory Norton star Geoff Duke in a contest at the famed Thruxton Circuit. By 1955, Surtees was stationed alongside Duke on the factory Norton team, though he switched to MV Agusta for the 1956 Grand Prix season. That year, riding Count Domenico Agusta’s screaming 500 Quattro “Fire Engine,” Surtees won his first 500cc World Championship. He finished third overall in the 1957 season but returned with a vengeance in 1958, winning both the 350cc and 500cc World Championships, and repeating that feat again in 1959 and 1960. Surtees’ performance during this period can only be called dominant—he won 32 of 39 Grand Prix races between 1958 and 1960, and also became the first man to win the Isle of Man Senior TT three years consecutively.