A Preview of the Le Mans 24 Hours 2012

I have written a preview of this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours in which I spend a couple or three paragraphs on each of the four classes, plus the LMP1 non-manfacturers and the Delta Wing. I’ve also included a selection of useful links.

You can find the preview at Sidepodcast.com as part of their build up to live commenting the race. They’ve done a great job adding some nice photos to the post.

I’ll also be tweeting copiously throughout the race weekend, I offer apologies now as sometimes I get carried away with it. I’ve been putting together a Twitter list for sportscar racing including many of the people at Le Mans this weekend, feel free to follow it if you think you’ll find it useful.

Photos: Nigel Mansell’s Museum

Way back in March I was very lucky enough to be invited to Woodbury Park near Exeter for some lunch, a round of golf (with mixed results as you can read here) – and to take a look at Nigel Mansell’s collection of memorabilia and cars in the museum which still, for now, resides at the leisure park and hotel complex he used to own. Indeed the Woodbury branding still contains his helmet colours and the golf flags are chequered!

The size of the collection is larger than the size of the musuem despite it filling three rooms and an entrance lobby.

One room barred any photography, the most impressive room –  the trophy room. An amazing collection of silverware both from his Formula 1 and CART/Indycar days, obviously everyone knows how successful he was in F1 and I knew he was successful in Indycar but I had no idea just how much until I saw a whole wall of trophies from the US! It includes his Indy 500 rings.
Mansell had it written into his first F1 contract that he must be given the original trophy for any wins – often the team will keep the original and might permit the driver to have a replica made. Perhaps he wasn’t expected to win so the team agreed.. and then he did win, and he kept the stipulation whenever he changed teams.

Viewing of the museum is by appointment only.

You can see more of my photos in my Picasa album. You can visit the Woodbury Park website here however they seem to have removed any mention of Mansell or his museum.

EDIT – It seems the collection is moving near to Mansell’s home in Jersey by the end of this year, listen to this interview with the BBC.