John Surtees and Paddy Hopkirk

John Surtees, Paddy Hopkirk receive New Year’s Honours

John Surtees and Paddy HopkirkMotorsport legends John Surtees and Paddy Hopkirk have both received New Year’s Honours in the Queen’s latest list of recipients.

John Surtees has been awarded a CBE for services to motorsport, on top of the OBE he already holds: this is for services to motorsport.

Paddy Hopkirk has been awarded an MBE, again for services to motorsport but also, for his role as a patron of charity SKIDZ, services to young people.

Surtees’ CBE follows a long-running campaign to see him awarded a knighthood: in the British five-class Order of the British Empire system, CBE is one step down from a knighthood.

CBE is Commander of the British Empire: the next step up is Knight Commander of the British Empire, which would allow the only man ever to be World Champion on two and four wheels to be called ‘Sir John Surtees’.

Surtees is a four-time motorcycle 500cc World Champion, winning the title in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960. He then moved to Formula One and became World Champion there in 1964 while driving for Ferrari.

Paddy Hopkirk is one of the most famous winners of the Monte Carlo Rally, triumphing behind the wheel of a Mini Cooper S in 1964.

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