Early in his life, Nigel Mansell knew he wanted to race cars. This passion for speed came with his father’s inspiration, and when 10 years old he was behind the wheel of a kart, winning his first race four years later.
He was on his way.
Mansell graduated into a Formula Ford, worked at his craft, and in 1977 was declared the British Formula Ford champion. The next season he stepped up and into a Formula 3 race car as a professional driver.
Continuing to build his skills and experience, Mansell signed with Lotus in 1981 to drive in the top echelon of road racing, Formula 1. He was mentored by Colin Chapman until Chapman’s death in 1982, and while he remained with the John Player Lotus Team for the next two seasons, it was not until he went to Williams in 1985 that success started to come his way in the Honda-powered machines.