The worthwhile causes supported with equipment by the Henry Surtees Foundation include the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust, the Great North Air Ambulance, Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, and Yorkshire Air Ambulance and their regional Blood Bike groups, plus the Midlands Air Ambulances, Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, London Ambulance Service and the Great Western Air Ambulances. The Foundation has also supported other worthy causes.
This year’s event will also feature a special tribute to honour John Surtees CBE. A collection of his iconic vehicles will play an integral part of the event including:
- The TS14: The first car to be introduced to the new safety regulations in 1972 and was driven by Mike Hailwood and Carlos Pace setting lap records in the German and Austrian Grand Prix. Mike Hailwood took 2nd place at the Italian Grand Prix. The team finished 5th in the World Championship (one place behind Ferrari).
- TS15 - Formula 2 car designed and built by the Surtees team which Carlos Pace car drove to victory in the prestigious Interlagos race in Brazil.
- The 1960 MV Agusta four-cylinder GP motorcycle – John Surtees won seven motorcycle championships riding for MV Agusta and 6 Isle of Man TT’s.
- The 1949 500cc Vincent Grey Flash: The motorcycle on which John Surtees won his first ever race and considered it the most important race of his life. John Surtees built the Vincent Grey Flash motorcycle in 1979 using a large number of parts from the original machine that he built in 1950 whilst working as an apprentice at the Vincent Company. It was the first of many wins before he transferred to a Norton to compete in International events.