Company races to give F1 legend some home comforts

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Formula One legend Nigel Mansell has had a Harrogate company to thank for a few home comforts while he’s been taking on a gruelling charity cycle marathon.

The 1992 world champion is aiming to raise £15,000 for the leading national youth work charity UK Youth, pedalling for 11 days all the way from John O’Groats to Paris via Blackpool – recovering from the broken collarbone he sustained while training for the epic ride.

But in the rare moments he has had to rest, one of the UK’s most enduring motorsport stars has been able to put his feet up in a luxury vehicle provided by Harrogate Motorhomes, which is supporting the ride.

The company’s owner, Annette Wingate, said: “UK Youth is a fantastic cause which has helped 750,000 young people play an active and rewarding part in projects all over the country.

“We’re delighted to have been asked to be involved and, of course, we‘re very excited to know an F1 world champion has been using one of our vehicles.”

The Mansell marathon ride began at John O’Groats on Tuesday, June 12, and is making its way south from Blackpool after joining the Tower to Tower ride from the west coast seaside resort all the way across the Channel to the heart of Paris.

Nigel said: “We haven’t had the best weather for the first section of the ride but it’s been great knowing we have some pasta and soup to look forward to in the motorhome at the end of the day. The vehicle has given us that little bit of luxury and we’re very grateful to Annette and her team for helping us out.”