London Classic Car show honours Nigel Mansell | Motorsport - Car News Jan 2018

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15:27 Wednesday 10 Jan 2018

Mansellmania makes a return next month as the title-winning exploits of Nigel Mansell CBE are celebrated at the London Classic Car Show.

The event which takes place at ExCeL London from 15-18 February will include a special showcase to mark a quarter of a century since the indomitable Mansell lifted the FIA F1 World Championship crown.  On display will be cars, trophies and other rarely seen memorabilia from  Mansell’s career, while the great man himself will also be present to meet fans, sign autographs and share memories.

“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,” said Mansell.  “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.”

The 64-year old won the 1977 British Formula Ford Championship in 1977, moving up through Formula Three before graduating to Formula One with Lotus in 1980.  He won 31 Grands Prix, a British record beaten only by current champion Lewis Hamilton.  Mansell is also the only man ever 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.  However, it was Mansell’s dogged determination and spirit that endeared him to fans, not only in his homeland but also overseas, with the Italian tifosi dubbing him ‘Il Leone’ - The Lion – during his time with Ferrari.

Tickets for the 2018 London Classic Car Show are £25 for adults when booked in advance, or £30 on the door.  They can be ordered by visiting the show’s official website thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk.

 

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