Nigel Mansell OBE, one of the biggest names in motor racing, is joining the Royal Automobile Club’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on November 6 and will headline the event. The 1992 Formula One World Champion is going to be joined by Mike Penning MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport and MP for Hemel Hempstead, for the 115th anniversary of the oldest and finest motoring event in the world.
Nigel Mansell continues to be one of the most liked and most successful racing motorists in Britain. In an outstanding profession spanning 15 seasons, he recorded 31 grand prix wins and 32 pole positions from 187 starts, sits fourth in the overall winners list and ranks third in the fastest laps tally in the world.
He was the CART IndyCar World Series Champion in 1993 and he continues to be the only motorist to have back-to-back titles, winning the CART crown as the ruling F1 champion. His daring on-track fights gained him international recognition, never more so than on home shores where his move on Nelson Piquet in the 1987 British Grand Prix proceeding into Stowe Corner initiated "Mansellmania".
Mansell and Penning will certainly be the attraction for thousands of visitors who will line up to see the 60-mile course from London’s Hyde Park to Madeira Drive in Brighton. This is going to be the largest free motoring event in Britain.
The 2011 event offers to be among the best yet, featuring 500 of the most legendary pre-1905 Veteran automobiles, including a global entry comprising 25 percent, while honoring Germany as the country of celebration. Driving a 1902 Mercedes Simplex, the journey of Mansell and Penning will help mark the start of motoring development with the celebrations around the Run’s 75th anniversary start at Hyde Park.