Former F1 champion Nigel Mansell is to open a used-car dealership in Jersey.
It will be situated in the historic Art Deco building in St Helier and will be run in partnership with his son, Leo, catering for people with budgets of £4000 and upwards.
“We want to throw our net and have the opportunity of anyone in Jersey coming and seeing if we can be of any assistance,” Mansell, who previously owned a Ferrari dealership and several franchises of Westover Motors on the South Coast, told British newspaper, The Daily Telegraph
this week. “Whatever the budget the customer has, that's an important budget to them, and to us. We are going to develop a more personal way of doing business.
“We are not looking at quantity, we are looking at quality and that makes a big difference in how you trade.
“With the experience we have and with the enthusiasm that the Mansell team have, and our history in motorsport and the car industry, we are looking at doing things a little bit differently.”
The dealership will also be used to provide a home for the Mansell Collection, which be situated on the second floor. The Mansell Collection comprises all the trophies from his hugely successful career as well as four race winning cars, including the Adrian Newey-designed Williams-Renault FW14B, which took the Englishman to the title in 1992.
“In truth we've been looking for a home for the memorabilia for probably 20-plus years,” Mansell admitted.
“There are all the trophies throughout my karting career, trophies in F3, F2, IndyCar, GP Masters – the cross-section of interest in there is extraordinary. Everyone can have an opinion but as the stats stand at this time, the collection is second-to-none in the world. There's much more memorabilia in there to do with motorsport which will create great interest for people who visit and will be an incredible tourist attraction.”
“The biggest exciting thing [however] is the opportunity to bring all of our future [business] interests and current interests together so that the power base comes from here. So although we'll be trading downstairs and have the museum upstairs, there will be many other strings to the bow which people won't see.
“People come and go on this planet and very few people leave legacies behind; I'm hoping this unique building and what Leo is achieving will leave a great legacy,” he concluded.