UPTON-born Formula One racing champion Nigel Mansell is in the running for the Motor Sports magazine hall of fame - but he needs your vote to get there.
Nigel Mansell had an illustrious motor sport career spanning 15 seasons in Formula One and two full seasons in the CART series. Mansell was the reigning F1 champion when he moved over to CART, becoming the first person to win the US-based title in his debut season.
He is the second most successful British F1 driver of all time, with 31 victories, and is seventh overall on F1’s list of all-time winners, behind Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Ayrton Senna and Fernando Alonso.
Mansell fought hard to get into Formula 1 racing and even harder when he got there. With his win-or-bust approach – 31 wins and 32 accidents – he became the most successful British driver and joined the ranks of the all-time greats in terms of fastest laps, wins and poles.
His heroic performances earned him millions of fans and he joined America’s International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005 in America, but as yet he has not made it in to the Motor Sport Hall of Fame.
The Motor Sport Hall of Fame ceremony returns to the Royal Automobile Club at Woodcote Park on June 7. You can help decide who will join the 34 greats that have been inducted since 2010 – names such as Mario Andretti, Enzo Ferrari, John Surtees, Sir Stirling Moss and Michael Schumacher.
Not only can you vote for your favourites to enter, you can be there on the night to rub shoulders with the great and the good of the motor racing world. The black-tie dinner will be hosted by Jennie Gow, and there will be demonstrations of numerous iconic cars and motorcycles.
To cast your vote or to buy tickets, visit motorsportmagazine.com/hof.