In Loving Memory of John Surmon







Who was John Surmon? John Surmon was born in 1941 and retired as a Mechanical design engineer and spent the past 10 years or so repairing and restoring British 'bikes (classics).

Quote: DON QUIXOTE: John Surmon's Triumph was the fastest of the Britbikes; you can see how he got his nickname.


He started Racing in 1957

The Classics produced a mix of rider and machine with 61-year-old John Surmon of Cape Town, on a 1969 Triumph Bonneville, plus a selection of other Triumphs, older Ducatis, BSA, Norton Commando, Moto Guzzi, BMW and not-so-old Suzukis and Yamahas contesting the Clubman class (bikes older than 15 years). This produced nail-biting moments between Kaya Mayekiso and Dick Holder out front. It was the case in the Battle of The Twins (B class) where the Classics led to close tussles between Hiles (BMW), Jones (Ducati Pantah) and Quinn (Moto Guzzi). - Dispatch Online, 2 Sept 2002

The Classics produced a mix of rider and machine with 61-year-old John Surmon of Cape Town, on a 1969 Triumph Bonneville, plus a selection of other Triumphs, older Ducatis, BSA, Norton Commando, Moto Guzzi, BMW and not-so-old Suzukis and Yamahas contesting the Clubman class (bikes older than 15 years). This produced nail-biting moments between Kaya Mayekiso and Dick Holder out front. It was the case in the Battle of The Twins (B class) where the Classics led to close tussles between Hiles (BMW), Jones (Ducati Pantah) and Quinn (Moto Guzzi). The Argus, 13 Sept 2003
Brief Race History:Started scrambles and grasstrack, moved on to speedway (Rode in U.K. for Long Eaton Archers 1966 ) Roadracing in 250, 350, and open class. Did some dragracing and also flattrack racing up on the reef. Came to Capetown and raced 50's on the short circuit for a couple of years. Started racing classics a few years ago. Won the pre-76 class last year and finished 2nd in the Classic championship.
Best Race Finish: 1st in pre-76 Classics for 2002
Best Championship Position: 2nd in Classics Championship 2002
Race bike: Triumph Bonneville Special 650
Bike History: Built up from the bits and pieces lying around in my workshop.

At one stage he was looking for sponsorship and this is he reason why (at the time):
I would like to have a go on a modern 400, just to see if I could be competitive in this class! Someone like Salusa 45 might be interested in giving me financial assistance!

Rael and I will never forget you John. We shared many special moments, arguments, tears and parties. You made my 40th birthday extra special by giving me my first bikers jacket with as 1 year younger than I. That took a lot of thought and kindness and I'll never forget that.

Don't worry Moppet is being well looked after. You know what she's like - she probably thinks that Scotty has beamed her up to another planet. Here're some pics taken on at one of Raels birthday parties. You don't seem too impressed in the one where Rael is kissing you on the cheek.


Love you.....









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