Mansell Magic

1992 Formula 1 World Champion Nigel Mansell made a three-day visit to Woodcote Park last week. Surprisingly, it was his first visit to our Epsom clubhouse where Nigel undertook some private engagements but also found time to enjoy some golf (Nigel has a handicap of just 2.6!), with the Club’s Director of Golf, Jason Neve. His final commitment was at a private event held in the Cedar Room on Saturday 6 May, attended by a number of Club members.

After dinner, Nigel shared some stories of his most challenging and victorious moments of his racing career in an interview with Simon Taylor, including his battles with Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, and his Indy Car exploits – not forgetting his views on Formula 1’s Fernando Alonso’s recent announcement to miss the Monaco Grand Prix to compete in the Indy 500 driving a Honda-powered Andretti car branded as a McLaren.

Following the interview, invited guests were treated to a very rare experience, where Nigel undertook the formerly unknown talent of performing magic; a hobby he learnt after a crash at Le Mans, which caused an injury to his brain, when a specialist suggested he perform card tricks as a way of assisting his brain to recover. Nigel became so good at it that he was able to join the elite Magic Circle as a member. After an introduction of a few interesting acts involving fire and ice, Nigel spent almost 40 minutes engaging the audience with his magic, including one act where he spookily managed to deduce one guest’s mobile telephone number using a deck of cards. It was an incredible spectacle with great drama – just what you’d expect of the 1992 Formula 1 World Champion.

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