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.

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.