Nigel Mansell CBE started the 2016 Sheep Drive across London Bridge in style with his grandson Jai helping out.
They were followed by 600 Freemen of the City including the Sheriffs, the Chamberlain, the Master Woolmen and his Wardens and representatives from most of the Livery Companies of the City.
The many people who came in their City robes and fancy dress brightened up the bridge and the City, and fortunately it was another sunny day.
Former Formula One World Champion will exchange his F1 Car for a flock of sheep for his next drive.
Nigel Ernest James Mansell CBE was born in 1953. He won the Formula One World Championship in 1992 and the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) Indy World Series in 1993. He was the reigning Formula One Champion when he moved over to CART, becoming the first person to win the CART title in his debut season, and making him the only person to hold the World Drivers Championship and the American open-wheel National Championship simultaneously.
His career in Formula One spanned 15 seasons, and his final two full seasons of top-level racing were spent in the CART series. Mansell is the second most successful British Formula One driver of all time in terms of race wins with 31 victories, and is seventh overall on the Formula One race winners list behind Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Ayrton Senna and Fernando Alonso. He held the record for the most number of poles set in a single season, which was broken in 2011 by Sebastian Vettel. He was rated in the top 10 Formula One drivers of all time by longtime Formula One commentator Murray Walker. In 2008, ESPN.com ranked him 24th on their “Top 25 Drivers of All Time” list. He was also ranked No. 9 of the 50 greatest F1 drivers of all time by the Times Online on a list that also included such drivers as Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Jackie Stewart and Jim Clark.
Nigel raced in the Grand Prix Masters series in 2005, and won the championship title. He later signed a one-off race deal for the Scuderia Ecosse GT race team to drive their number 63 Ferrari F430 GT2 car at Silverstone on 6 May 2007. He has since competed in additional sports car races with his sons Leo and Greg, including the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Mansell was inducted to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005. He is the current President of one of the UK’s largest Youth Work Charities, UK Youth. He is also President of the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists). In September 2014, it was announced that Mansell would be opening a Mitsubishi franchise on Jersey later in the month. In September 2015 the organisers of the Mexican Grand Prix (which was returning to Formula One after a 23-year absence) announced that the final corner of the redesigned Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit would be named after the 1992 Formula One World Champion and winner of the final race at the Mexico City circuit before it was dropped from the Formula One calendar for the 1993 season.
On 29th September 2019 the Woolmen will be organising a bigger and better wool and livery fair at Monument in conjunction with the Sheep Drive – this is about 300 metres from the north end of London Bridge.
The fair will include many craft and fashion accessories market stalls, urban street food stalls, and livery company stalls showing off their skills and crafts.