Mansell’s F1-winning Williams back to thrill again after 25 years
Williams returned with British pride by not only celebrating its own 40-year anniversary but also 25 years since Nigel Mansell won the Formula One championship in 1992.
The Williams Heritage team of Steve Salmon, Mike Whiting, Bob Davis and Dickie Stamford (pictured right) spent 12 weeks preparing Mansell’s FW14B chassis for Silverstone Classic, having to bring along all the 25-year-old technology required back in 1992, including a dusty old PC. However, while quarter-century computer technology may still be reliable, the mechanicals were not on arrival at Silverstone. The oil cooler burst in the paddock.
Once fixed FW14B set out to wow the Silverstone crowds, and it didn’t disappoint. The car flew around the track with no loss of performance since 1992, watched by Jonathan Williams, son of team founder Frank Williams. ‘We absolutely love Silverstone Classic and really wanted its fans to share in our 40th anniversary celebrations,’ says Jonathan.
‘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 is a brilliant birthday tribute to him and the team.’
Mansell’s triumphant Williams FW14B does a flying lap in front of cheering crowds.
The original 25-year-old computer that runs all the diagnostics for the FW14B Williams, and is still used today.