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Surtees in new world title attempt

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John Surtees, yesterday
John Surtees, yesterday

John Surtees has announced an audacious plan to add to his two and four wheeled world titles with the purchase of an extremely powerful unicycle.

‘It’s perfectly simple old boy,’ said a source close to the never-knighted legend. ‘For years John has been referred to as “the only man to win the world title on two and four wheels” and he’s become rather bored of it. So he’s going to spice it up by becoming the only world champion on one, two and four wheels.’

Our Surtees source says the 80 year old driver has already begun testing of his highly powered mono-wheeled racer and that trials are ‘going well’, although going downhill continues to be ‘a bloody nightmare’.

An additional problem is the absence of an actual world championship for motorised unicycles, something our insider insists Surtees has taken into account. ‘He’s going to start his own formula old boy,’ he claims. ‘And he’s not going to tell Stirling Moss about it.’

However, the unicycle championship challenge could be just the start of an ambitious wheel-based numerical world title collection endeavour for the yet-to-be-ennobled racing star as spies now report Surtees has bought both a Tyrell P34 and a highly tuned Reliant Regal.