Nigel Mansell: My Autobiography Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
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From the Back Cover
Nigel Mansell – whinger or lion? Il Leone as he was named by the passionate Italian fans when he drove for Ferrari. Nigel best answers for himself:
‘Every really hot lap relies on the brain and the body being in harmony and prepared, at certain points, to over-extend and over-commit. That is the only way to beat the Sennas and the Schumachers. It is I think, the act of balancing risk against the interest of self-preservation, while keeping everything under control.
‘Sometimes it can all go wrong…
‘Going into turn one at the Phoenix Oval, at 180 m.p.h., the car stepped out at the rear and slid backwards, hitting the wall. The gearbox punched a hole in the five inch thick concrete and the full brunt of the shock travelled through the car and was absorbed by my lower back. A cavity measuring fourteen inches by twelve opened up where the fat and muscle had been torn away from the bone and flesh…’
Two weeks later, Nigel Mansell was racing again; and that season he won the Indycar Championship.
Nigel is a hugely courageous, hugely talented Formula One champion and, with 31 Grand Prix victories, one of the most successful in the sport’s history.
This is his story…
About the Author
Nigel Mansell is a hugely courageous, hugely talented Formula One champion and, with 31 Grand Prix victories, one of the most successful in the sport’s history.
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Top Customer Reviews
I am really no great fan of Nigel's but after reading this book, my admiration and respect for him has skyrocketed.
Whether you are a fan of 'Our Nige'or not, after reading this you will have to agree that he more than deserved to win the F1 World Championship in '92.
Now stop wasting your time reading this and read the book !.
I always like Nigels determination so I'm biased to enjoying this book very much. The details and stories of our Nige against the establishment reinforce the lengths he went to in order to succeed. It was a long and difficult battle, certainly not for the feignt hearted. Driving with considerable injuries would not be allowed today but he did so and triumphed.
Conquering F1 then the ovals of America is a feat few can match. There is good reason why people within F1 rate Nigel in the all time 10 ten. He was a great sportsman, lifting the British crowds at Silverstone and genuinely rising to the occasion to produce one of the most memorable finishes in his Williams. F1 now sorely misses personalities such as Mansell. At a time when cars where hugely physical to drive and racing in perhaps the greatest era he showed us all that determination and a hell of a lot of hard work can get you to the top. I have heard that there are fewer Formula 1 champions than Presidents of the United States. Truly an exclusive club. Truly a driving legend. And you don't see moustaches like that anymore.
It was Peter Warr who once stated that Mansell was nothing if not totally dishonest with himself and this book is dripping with self justification and an aversion to tackle anything detrimental to the fantasy that Nigel has weaved for himself. For example his years with Lotus where he was consistently outperformed over a four year period by Elio de Angelis are explained away by virtue of the fact that Peter Warr wasn't a Mansell fan. Furthermore, Mansell ignores the fact that when Senna replaced him at Lotus the team suddenly became winners overnight - Senna won his 2nd race with Lotus whereas Mansell had drawn a blank in four years!! And the Brazilian also demolished De Angelis within two races!! Mansell, though chooses not to consider these episodes as this would clearly smash his fantasy to pieces. In his own mind, Mansell was a far superior driver to Ayrton Senna...and it gets even worse...
In a chapter about his year driving alongside Alain Prost at Ferrari, Mansell tells us that he could have beaten the french quadruple world champion if it hadn't been for 'politics'. But what are these dark and sinister politics to which the whingeing brummie refers? Apparently Prost tried out Mansell's car at Silverstone and....Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Certainly changed my opinion of Mansell quite a lot - still not my favourite driver, but he deserves respect for what he did and how he did it. Worth reading.Published on 23 Jun. 2013 by Justin
The book is so very interesting but, as I had thought prior to reading it, he is the most big headed person in the world, ever. Just read it, you'll see!!! Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2011 by Ian Ackland