Six stamps and a Souvenir Sheetlet are being issued by Jersey Post on 15 October 2013 to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Nigel Mansell CBE being the only driver to simultaneously hold the Formula One and The IndyCar World Championships. The issue, entitled Nigel Mansell - Legacy of a Formula One Champion, includes stamps which depict key moments in the Jersey resident’s illustrious motor racing career, en-route to becoming the most successful British Formula One driver of all time.
Jersey Post will be donating a percentage of the first year’s Philatelic sales of the issue to help secure the future of St Brelade’s Youth Club, a local initiative supported by Nigel Mansell. The Club offers activities such as 5-a-side football, pool, cooking and table tennis as well as activities and projects around the Parish. Gary Carroll, Business Development Director at Jersey Post said “We are delighted through this issue to be able to help Nigel Mansell in his continued support and investment into the future of young people locally”.
The stamps were created with the help of Nigel Mansell himself, who commented “I am tremendously excited about the launch of these new stamps, another great piece of history being documented".
“Nigel Mansell's career was high in drama, featuring a heady blend of skill and tenacity, and these graphically striking stamps capture some of its key landmarks,” commented Chris Elligott, Philatelic Product Manager at Jersey Post. “Car and sports enthusiasts as well as followers of this truly dramatic British sporting icon’s amazing career will love the issue, which features cars from his time at Lotus, Williams Honda, Ferrari, Williams Renault and Newman/Haas Lola Ford.”
Events featured in the issue are; Mansell's first pole position with Lotus in 1984 (the 45p stamp), First Formula One Win with Williams Honda in 1985 (55p), his winning debut drive for Ferrari in 1989 (60p), winning the F1 World title with Williams Renault in 1992 (68p), and his successful switch to IndyCar Racing in the US with Newman/Haas Lola Ford in 1993 (80p). A memorable moment with Ayrton Senna at the 1991 British Grand Prix chosen by Mansell himself is featured on the 88p stamp.
The stamps were designed by Jersey design studio The Observatory. Ben Hickingbotham, their Creative Director commented on the concept behind the stamps; “In order to echo Mansell’s heyday, the design rationale is an evolution of ‘80s and ‘90s Formula 1 design. They are reminiscent of the F1 posters of the time, feature a clean contemporary look and incorporate typography printed in a metallic silver effect.”