The 25th anniversary of Nigel Mansell’s Silverstone win and the Williams F1 team’s 40th anniversary will be celebrated at the 2017 Silverstone Classic
It was 25 years ago when Nigel Mansell won the 1992 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
It’s a hard race to forget – dozens of fanatical fans invaded the track as the British driver crossed the line. This month, the moment will be marked with very special demonstrations at Silverstone Classic as part of the event’s Renault Williams 40th Anniversary celebrations.
To mark this very special milestone, Silverstone Classic is hosting – among many other Williams-orientated spectacles – dramatic demonstrations by Nigel Mansell’s title-winning FW14B and Renault V10-powered F1 car performing on Saturday and Sunday.
These special displays will mark the 25th anniversary of Mansell’s 1992 win, but also the 40 year anniversary of the formation of one of the most successful Formula 1 teams of all time – Williams.
And what better way to celebrate these two milestones than to bring back a fully restored Williams FW14B, which hasn’t raced since Mansell’s hugely popular home win in 1992. Williams Heritage have fully restored the machine thanks to its team of experts under the leadership of Jonathan Williams, founder Sir Frank’s son.SEE RELATED: Best Classic Car Shows July 2017
The car proudly displays its famous yellow, blue and white livery. And now comes confirmation that Mansell’s machine will not only be on public display at the Silverstone Classic but will also provide visitors with some dramatic high-speed demonstration laps during the lunch breaks on both Saturday and Sunday, this time with experienced GP2 and sports car driver Nick Yelloly at the wheel.
Jonathan Williams said: ‘We absolutely love the Silverstone Classic and really wanted its fans to share in our 40th anniversary celebrations. Nigel Mansell’s rousing victory back in 1992 truly caught everyone's imagination, so to have that very car once again speeding around Silverstone 25 years on will be a brilliant birthday tribute to him and the team.’
‘We must thank all those at Williams for making this possible,’ said Nick Wigley, CEO of organiser, Goose Live Events.’Make no mistake, the incredible sight and sound of this very special ‘Mansell Mania’ icon roaring around the Silverstone racetrack will be an utterly unforgettable experience for all our visitors.’