My Op Ed today is going to borrow heavily from Motor Sport Magazine’s Rob Widdows. Firstly, because while I do not know Rob personally, I enjoy his work immensely and the magazine in which he plies his craft. Secondly, because I wholeheartedly agree with his call for Knighthood for a legend in motor sport.
Mr. Widdows aptly posits the question…why has Mr. John Surtees not been offered a Knighthood? I can think of no better man to receive this award in motor sport and I applaud Mr. Widdows for his temerity in calling for the British Government to bestow the motorcycle champion and formula One champion with this honor. Few men have accomplished what Mr. Surtees has and if the honor of Knighthood is to recognize the efforts and accomplishments that a citizen of the British Empire (I use the term “empire” loosely here) has achieved, then the time has come and past for this to happen for Mr. Surtees.
You can read Mr. Widdows plaintive here.
Mr. Widdows also takes time to mention Stuart Codling’s new book, Real Racers, and while I have not acquired a copy yet, we did review his previous book, Art of the Formula One Race Car and it was terrific. We also, like Widdows, recommend Stuart’s work and he’s a nice enough gentleman to follow F1B as well so let’s show Stuart some reciprocal love and check him out.