Nigel Mansell on his first car and why his favourite vehicle at the moment is a hybrid

Nigel Mansell at his museum in Jersey, with his 1989 Ferrari 640 and the Williams FW14B in which he won the F1 title in 1992 Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley

Nigel Mansell needs no introduction. His dogged determination to make it in F1 and subsequent 15-year career at the pinnacle of motor racing is the stuff of legend and after stints with Lotus, Williams and Ferrari he finally won the F1 World Championship in 1992 in the unbeatable Williams FW14B.

After failing to agree a deal to defend his F1 title, Mansell raced in the US and won the top-flight Indycar championship at the first attempt.

Mansell was inducted to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005. He is the president of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and UK Youth, one of the UK's largest youth work charities.

In recognition of his F1 title win 25 years ago, he is the star driver at this year’s Autosport International show at the NEC on January 13-14.

Tell us about your first car...

Mansell started his illustrious driving career in a Mini Van Credit:  Heritage Images/Hulton Archive

It was a Mini van, very inexpensive. It cost me about £80 in 1969.

And your favourite...

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