Like Father, Like Sons, Says Racing Legend Nigel Mansell



Nineteen years after scoring his first Formula One victory at Brands Hatch, racing legend Nigel Mansell has passed his advanced driving test with the IAM - and for good measure, so have his two sons.

Leo Mansell, now 20, was just a year old when dad Nigel first shot to fame - and Greg Mansell (17) wasn't even born.

But all three of them showed IAM examiners that driving expertise isn't just for the racetrack when they passed their IAM car test using a route around the Woodbury Park Hotel and Golf Course near Exeter in Devon.

Ted Clements, IAM's Road Safety Adviser, had been encouraging Nigel to take the test for many years.

"It was worth the wait - especially for the hat trick!" said Ted.

"I knew that Nigel would pass with flying colours - but it was great that his two sons were able to take their advanced driving test as well at the same time. Young Greg only took his L-test last year, so he did very well indeed. It must run in the family!" said Ted.

"My grandfather always told me that it is no good lying on a hospital bed saying I had the right of way. That's one of the reasons I was so pleased that the boys could do the IAM test as well," said Nigel.

Nigel did his advanced test in an Audi A6 and younger son Gregg also chose an Audi, an A3. Leo opted for a Chrysler Voyager. The examiners were Steve Mead, assistant chief examiner, and Ian Harris.

With 31 Grand Prix wins, Nigel, who now lives in St Brelards, Jersey, has his place in the Formula One Hall of Fame.

He joins John Surtees, the late Graham Hill and Sir Stirling Moss as racing drivers who have since passed their IAM test.

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4 August 2005 Staff

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