We are honoured to be associated with John who is a racing icon
and his recommendation for Shell X-100 Classic Motor Oil


Multi World Champion

John Surtees is one of the most gifted and versatile racers of all time. He holds the outstanding distinction of being the only man to have won World Championships on two and four wheels. An out-and-out professional, with a strong independent streak, he took on all-comers to win seven World Championships on motorcycles, one Formula One world drivers’ title and the North American Can-Am Championship for sports cars.

During the 1970s he also designed, built and raced, with typical dedication and determination, his own Team Surtees F1, F2 and F5000 cars.

The ultimate perfectionist, he brought to motor racing an abundance of courage, determination, enthusiasm and engineering skills which helped turn many an also-ran into a front runner, or winner.

John Surtees has long been associated with Shell. Recently John the 50th anniversary of that 1964 F1 World Championship in a Ferrari powered and lubricated by Shell fuels and lubes.

John also featured in many adverts in that era endorsing Shell products. John retired from the cockpit in 1972, after that concentrating fully on management until withdrawing in 1978.

Looking back, he reflects:

“The main thing is that whatever I’ve done, I’ve done from the heart. I have loved being involved in first building and riding motorcycles and then driving cars – but above all, competing.”

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A material contribution from every sale of Shell X-100 oils, as recommended by John Surtees, will be made to support the Henry Surtees Foundation. We share the aims of the foundation and feel privileged to be associated with the racing icon of John Surtees and to support the foundation which honours the memory of his son Henry.

For more information on the Henry Surtees foundation please visit

On 19 July 2009, aged 18, Henry was tragically killed driving in the new Formula 2 class at Brands Hatch. In a freak accident, Henry was hit by a wheel off of another competitor’s car. He had been a strong competitor for top honours and was the fastest British driver in the category.

Inspired by Henry, his experience, and in celebration of his life, The Henry Surtees Foundation aims to:

• Assist people with brain or physical injuries caused by accident to return to community living by the provision of support for equipment and facilities;

 • Provide education and training associated with motorsport-related programmes in technology, engineering, and road safety instruction for two and four wheels;

• Act as a resource for young people up to the age of 18 by providing advice and assistance and organising programmes of physical, educational and other activities in order to:-

 • Advance young people in life by helping them to develop their skills, capacities and capabilities so that they can participate in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals; 

 • Advance their education;

 • And relieve unemployment.