Looking Back: Nigel Mansell hurt in Heysham kart race

Go Kart championships at Heysham in November 1967.

Go Kart championships at Heysham in November 1967.

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Taxi driver David Hodgson once kept an eye on an entirely different kind of motorised vehicle.

David was a marshal at the old Heysham karting track circa the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, and recalls when a very famous driver cut his teeth at the circuit.

Nigel Mansell, years before he became Formula 1 World Drivers Champion, was a regular at the Heysham track.

David remembers young Nigel suffering a broken foot in one particular race and he had to be taken to the Royal 
Lancaster Infirmary.

“They held the World Cup there two years in a row,” said David. “There were complaints though from nearby residents every time we held a race.”

Heysham Head was turned into a mecca for international kart drivers by Kelvin Hesketh and his dad Bert, who lured the world championship to Heysham.

Our picture from the archives, supplied by Peter Reed, shows a championship race at the track in 1967.

 

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