John Surtees awarded CBE by the Queen

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John Surtees, the only man to have won world championships on both two and four wheels, has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in her New Year Honors.

Surtees, 81, won four world motorcycle championships between 1956 and 1960 in the 500cc class before moving into Formula 1, where he claimed the 1964 title with Scuderia Ferrari.

Surtees went on to race until 1972 when he retired so he could focus on running his own team in F1 before its closure in 1978. He is the oldest surviving F1 world champion following the death of Jack Brabham earlier this year.

More recently, Surtees founded the Henry Surtees Foundation in memory of his son following his death in a Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch in 2009.

In the New Year’s Honors list published late on Wednesday night, Surtees was recognized for his “services to motorsport”.

Surtees has previously been awarded an OBE and an MBE by the Queen, and has been subject to a sizeable campaign to receive a knighthood in recent years.

No other motorsport figures were recognized this year, but you can see a full list of the newly-anointed Sirs, Dames, CBEs, MBEs, OBEs and otherwise by clicking here.