John Surtees holds the distinction for being the only man in history to become world champion in two-wheel and four-wheel racing competitions by achieving this feat with a Grand Prix motorcycle road race championship and a Formula One championship.

And now, decades after his racing career ended, Surtees has achieved another distinction to add to an already impressive resume: becoming the first man to drive an electric sports car through the Channel Tunnel.
Surtees’ feat occurred as part of the 37th annual Beaujolais Burlington Run, which coincides with the 15th anniversary of the opening of the tunnel that connects the United Kingdom with France and the rest of the European continent.

Surees’ car-of-choice was a Ginetta G50 EV electric sports car and he began his 31-mile run at the Folkestone terminal in the UK all the way to Calais terminal in France. Surees’ momentous achievement also marks the first time a production sports car – electric or not – has been given the opportunity to drive through the Channel’s service tunnel.

For anybody to accomplish that feat is remarkable enough, but for a 75-year old man - never mind that he’s a former F1 champ - to do it without even breaking a sweat is simply awe-inspiring.

Congratulations Mr. Surees!

Photos via Daylife


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  (328) posted on 08.17.2011

I wonder if this was a sort of promotional ads for electric vehicle! I really doubt the reliability of this car. Although I admired John Surtees for driving this car on his current age.

  (399) posted on 08.17.2011

Wow! I want to congratulate John Surtees for making an awesome record for electric car! Well, I guess it’s a big opportunity to drive inside the Channel Tunnel!

  (449) posted on 07.14.2011

He really needs to go a long run to finish the 31 mile length of Channel Tunnel and that is equivalent to 50 kilometer. I was impressed on how he finished the run despite of his age. And I would say that he is really a champion!

  (797) posted on 07.14.2011

Considering his age though he is a F1 champion, its great seeing him finish the whole course. It seems that his talent never fades over the years and his endurance keeps going. I want to congratulate John Surtees for being the first man to drive through the Channel Tunnel.

  (238) posted on 06.15.2011

Well, I’m glad to hear that a legendary car driver like John Surtees was still remembered. However, it doesn’t mean that I like that he is driving an electric car. Sorry, but I think electric car are unreliable.

  (449) posted on 03.4.2011

He is the real man! This job is for a kind of adventurous person.
After his son death I really don’t know what give him the motivation to do so.
But while watching him drive it really wants me to hold on my chair! I would give a triple AWESOME for his performance!

  (409) posted on 03.4.2011

On of the best the driver in the history of the racing track.
Not to mention his success in the Isle of Man TT. I really don’t know about the real statistics on his win but according from what I have known he is the only man that win the World champions!

  (570) posted on 12.22.2009

As for the former racer, you can’t change the fact that you’re a champ once and you can’t set aside your passion to cars. Being the first person to try an electric sports car to that tunnel gave him another record and I’ll also congratulate John Surtees for that.

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