Mansell’s F1-win­ning Wil­liams back to thrill again after 25 years

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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.

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