LOSE YOURSELF IN 1991
MANSELL AT SILVERSTONE
Flag-flying Formula One fans had plenty to celebrate, with a British driver taking victory at Silverstone in that year’s British Grand Prix. While new revisions to the circuit’s layout meant that it was no longer the fastest on the F1 calendar it meant a gripping race for spectators. Nigel Mansell’s Williams FW14 and Ayrton Senna’s MP4/6 tussled for the lead but Senna’s car ran out of fuel on the final lap, relegating him to fourth place.
END OF POLL TAX
John Major’s Conservative government announced in March that the controversial Community Charge – more often referred to as the poll tax – would be replaced by a new council tax system in 1993. The tax had sparked riots in London the previous year.
FRANCE MOVES CLOSER
The Channel tunnel reached two major breakthroughs. The service tunnel had been bored through the previous October, but it was only in 1991 that the main tunnels were broken through. The new motorway linking London to the rail terminal – the M20 – was also completed that May.
BRYAN ROCKS THE CHARTS
If you’d flicked on your car’s stereo back in the summer of 1991 there’s a good chance you’d have heard Canadian rocker Bryan Adams’s (Everything I Do) I Do It
For You, which spent 16 weeks at the top of the UK singles charts. Other big 1991 hits included an animated effort from The Simpsons with Do
The Bartman, Right Said Fred’s I’m Too Sexy and Vic Reeves teaming up with The Wonder Stuff for Dizzy.