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Nigel Mansell's visit to Fylde Coast Accident Repair Centre, Blackpool
Nigel Mansell's visit to Fylde Coast Accident Repair Centre, Blackpool
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Racing legend Nigel Mansell made a quick pit-stop in Blackpool to meet some local fundraisers.

The 1992 Formula One champion even found time to show staff at Fylde Coast Accident Repair Centre a few card tricks before zooming off in his Ferrari.

The dad-of-three, also a former Indycar championship winner, was in town as a guest speaker at a fundraising dinner at Blackpool FC, organised by Ai Claims Solutions in aid of UK Youth and Brian House Hospice.

But he stopped by the Fylde Coast Accident Repair Centre, on Palmer Avenue, Blackpool, to meet workers who have been working hard to raise money for UK Youth - a charity dedicated to helping young people raise their potential of which Nigel is president.

Staff presented him with a cheque for £3,500 for the charity and showed him a kit car they had been working on – inspired by the Formula One car he drove to victory in the World Championship in 1992.

Tricks

He spent time talking to workers, thanking them for their efforts and even demonstrated his latest hobby – magic tricks, using playing cards.

David Hyland, from the accident centre, said: “We were delighted to be visited by Nigel.

“The team worked tirelessly to finish the kit car in time for the Ai Claims Solutions charity dinner at Blackpool FC.

“Completing the vehicle on time was crucial for us and we were able to gain sponsors to advertise on the car with all proceeds going to UK Youth.

“I’m extremely grateful to PPG and to Enterprise Rent A Car for their help towards raising the money and all our staff for their contribution in bringing the car together on time.”

It was not Nigel’s first visit to the resort.

Last year, he enjoyed some Bakewell tart and a cup of tea during a quick break from cycling 12,000 miles with his two sons.

He officially opened the Solaris Cafe in South Shore when he pedalled into town as part of the 13-day ride.

The cycling event raised more than £3m for UK Youth.

He told The Gazette how he “loved” the resort and had spent time on the Fylde coast as a youngster.

He added: “I used to come to Blackpool on holidays to see the Lights, to go to the Pleasure Beach, it was fun.

“I love what has been done with the town and everything on offer for people who visit and tourists. I think it’s great.”

He added he hoped to attend next year’s world magic convention at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.