Famous Face Friday: Nigel Mansell
In 2011, Nigel Mansell OBE, the 1992 Formula 1 World Champion and 1993 CART IndyCar World Series Champion, made his Run debut piloting a 1902 Mercedes-Simplex from the Mercedes-Benz Museum collection. A second Museum car, a 1904 four-seater Mercedes-Simplex touring car, was driven by journalists Doug Nye and Bernd Ostman.
Commenting on his Run experience, Mansell said, “Brilliant! Fantastic! I was asked to drive by my friend Mike Penning MP, Minister for Transport. I have to thank Mercedes for letting us have the car, which hasn’t had a hiccup. I grew a beard for the event and for Movember so we’re raising money for good causes as well. This event started so many years ago. It’s a great tribute to the Royal Automobile Club and the organisers. It’s a true testament to what it’s all about. It reminds you how far in history the car has come. It’s astonishing.”
Mike Penning MP added: “I asked if I could choose my own driver – so Nigel's my chauffeur today! I've loved doing it. It's a piece of history.”