A record 76,000 spectators watched 1958 World Champion John Surtees win the 500 c.c. race?
A record 76,000 spectators watched 1958 World Champion John Surtees win the 500 c.c. race of the 1959 Dutch Motorcycle Grand Prix at Assen June 27. The Swiss team - Florian Camathias-Hilmar Cecco - won the side-car race.
British veteran Surtees, on an M.V. Augusta, covered the 27 laps of the winding circuit - totalling 208.02 kilometers - in one hour, 31 minutes 21 seconds. His average speed was 136 k.p.h.; slightly faster than his 1958 average. Runner-up wad Bob Brown. Great Britain, on a Norton. Italian Remo Venturi finished third on N.V.
The Swiss side-car team Camathias-Cecco, on BMW - covered the 14 laps over 107.86 kilometers in 53 minutes 56.2 seconds, averaging 119 k.p.h. Runner-up was the British team Peter V. Harris-Ray Campbell on a BMW, with the German team Helmut Fath-Alfred Wohlgemuth finishing third, also on BMW.
129 entries from 10 countries competed for the five classes of this year's Dutch Grand Prix - also called "T.T.-races" - organised by the Royal Dutch Motorcyclists Union, under international regulations of the "Federation Internationale Motocyclists". Points gathered by the competitors count in the selection of the 1959 World Champion.