Mansell & the FW14B
The remarkable motor racing career of Nigel Mansell CBE was celebrated with a spectacular showcase at HMI. It is now 25 years since Mansell finally achieved his holy grail by winning the FIA Formula One World Championship title in 1992. To mark that milestone a special display of his cars, trophies and other rarely seen memorabilia was available for all to see and enjoy.
"I’m delighted, honoured and, indeed, somewhat humbled that The London Classic Car Show has selected me to be its special ‘Icon’ at this year’s event. Seeing all those amazing cars which I raced during my career always brings back some incredible memories, and I’m very much looking forward to sharing many of my emotional experiences with those coming to what’s clearly going to be a really great show at ExCeL. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Mansell first came to prominence when winning the British Formula Ford Championship in 1977 before graduating to Formula Three. He then made his Formula One debut for Lotus in 1980 and over the following 15 years won no fewer than 31 grands prix with Williams and Ferrari – an amazing tally only now topped by reigning four time world champion Lewis Hamilton among British F1 drivers.
The Englishman is also in the record books for being the only driver to win back-to-back Formula One World Championship and CART IndyCar World Series crowns, a feat he achieved when clinching America’s premier open-wheel title in 1993.
Although Mansell’s outstanding race record marks him out as one of motor sport’s greatest-ever drivers, it was his astonishing ability to overcome adversity that won him special respect and affection with fans right around the globe.
Mansell joined us to meet his many lifelong fans, sign autographs and share memories with show-goers.