The son of a south London motorcycle dealer, John Surtees entered his first motorbike race at 15 and went on to become something of a racing prodigy. Riding for the famous Italian Motorcycle Team MV Agusta, Surtees won seven World Championships in the 350cc and 500cc classes between 1956 and 1960. With nothing left to prove in motorcycling, in 1960 at the age of just 26, Surtees went in search of a new challenge making the unprecedented and sensational switch to motor car racing.
An incredibly competitive, determined and single minded character, Surtees found his feet immediately in Formula 1 but it wasn't until he signed for the iconic and controversial Ferrari team in 1963 that he really began to make his mark.
Surtees made history in 1964 when, battling against fellow legendary drivers Graham Hill and Jim Clarke, he captured the Formula 1 championship in an exhilarating and extraordinary final race of the season in Mexico by just one point.
This achievement set him apart from all other motor racers in history as the only man to ever win world championships on bike and cars.
John Surtees: One of a Kind - part of Yesterday's compelling season of motorsport documentaries - tells the story of the most unique champion in motorsport history and his ascension to the top of Formula 1.