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Nigel Mansell

Nigel Ernest James Mansell was born in Upton - on- Severn in the heart of England to Eric and Joyce Mansell on August 8th 1953; the third of four children. His childhood was fairly nomadic with many house and school moves due to his father's employment.

Academically Nigel was fairly average, however his competitive and determined spirit was already evident. He swapped Latin for chess after proving he was capable of making it into the school team, no mean feat. This competitiveness stayed with him during sports lessons - losing at games was already not an option.

His experience as the new boy at so many different schools made him tougher, the intimidation he endured during these years made him cope with all life could throw at him and rather than just overcome hurdles he learnt to stride them with confidence. Something he does to this day.