John Surtees OBE will officially re-launch the new Buckmore Park Karting Limited on Wednesday 15th July
John Surtees OBE will officially re-launch the new Buckmore Park Karting Limited on Wednesday 15 July at Buckmore Park Kart Circuit, Maidstone Road, Chatham, Kent.
Two decades of racing at the highest level, almost equally divided between 2 and 4 wheel racing, and five World Championships in both disciplines. John Surtees is by far the most iconic motorsport character having been able to master two different disciplines at the highest level, something no other racer has ever been close to achieve. Over the years John Surtees has established strong links with the Karting scene, which he passionately nurtures thanks to his involvement with Buckmore Park, one of the most prestigious karting facilities in the country.
The launch will see the unveiling of an all new fleet of 50 Sodi RT8 390cc karts in the striking blue and yellow Team Surtees livery, similar to that used on his teams TS10 Formula Two car in 1972.
During the event ‘Great British Bake Off’, TV presenter Paul Hollywood, will demonstrate one of the new karts. Whilst Formula Ford Championship winning driver, Scott Malvern will also carry out parade laps in the TS10 Formula Two car, and also provide thrilling passenger rides in a twin kart.
John Surtees, the Edenbridge-based businessman, who won the F1 championship in 1964, recently took control of Buckmore Park.
He said “Buckmore Park is one of the most picturesque circuits in the UK, and is rich in karting heritage, its 52 years of karting excellence has seen the likes of champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button honed their racing skills. I would like Buckmore to become a feeder for youngsters into racing careers, and hope to work with various colleges with their educational programmes, and firmly place Buckmore on the map. I hope that you will be able to join us for this re-launch”.
John’s aim is to continue to improve the facilities of Buckmore Park, and to integrate some of the objectives of the Henry Surtees Foundation. The circuit is recognised as one of the UK’s premier outdoor karting circuits presenting an exciting challenge to drivers because of its undulating nature and a superb training ground for future British World Champions.