Classic British Grand Prix highlights
It was never really in doubt which race we would end up choosing as our classic British Grand Prix pick - Nigel Mansell's brilliant victory in 1987 stands out from the crowd.
Although we had rich pickings with events in 1981, 1998, 2003 and 2008, it was the overwhelming popular pick among respondents to this blog, and no wonder.
It was a brilliant drive by Mansell, the one where he truly consolidated his place in the hearts of the Silverstone crowd and the British public at large.
This was the beginning of the phenomenon that came to be dubbed as "Mansell mania", although it was not his first win in his home race.
In fact, it was his third in a row. His maiden Formula 1 victory had come towards the end of 1985 in the European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, and he won the British Grand Prix at the same circuit in July the following year.
In fact, Mansell's victories in 1986 and 1987, although at different tracks, shared many attributes - they both came in a fight with Williams-Honda team-mate Nelson Piquet, and they both came as a result of an overtaking manoeuvre on the Brazilian that sent the British crowd into raptures.
Impressive though the 1986 win was, though, 1987 is the one that truly sticks in the minds of F1 fans the world over.
Watch short highlights of the 1981 British Grand Prix
Watch short highlights of the 1987 British Grand Prix
Watch short highlights of the 1998 British Grand Prix
Watch short highlights of the 2003 British Grand Prix
Watch short highlights of the 2008 British Grand Prix
(The races will be available to watch on the red button on satellite and cable from 2pm on Thursday until 9am on Friday. Unfortunately, there is no available bandwidth on Freeview).
Alain Prost took the lead at the start in his McLaren, following a superb start from fourth on the grid, but the great Frenchman was soon overwhelmed by the Williams drivers, who proceeded to drive away into a race of their own, with pole-sitter Piquet in the lead.
Initially able to stay with the Brazilian, as the race neared half-distance Mansell slowly began to drop away, troubled by a wheel vibration. His team, who had planned for both cars to go through the race without stopping, called him into the pits for a new set of rubber.
He rejoined 29 seconds behind Piquet with 28 laps to go, and all hope of a home win appeared lost.
But Mansell got his head down and began a recovery charge that has gone down in F1 folklore.
By this stage in their partnership at Williams, it was well known that Mansell and Piquet did not get along.
Piquet had joined Williams in 1986 as a two-time world champion and with number one status guaranteed in his contract, but it soon became clear that not only did Mansell have no intention of playing second fiddle but that he was more than capable of handling Piquet on the track.
And as Mansell's superiority grew, the relationship between the two men worsened, with Piquet resorting to personal attacks and underhand tactics in an unsuccessful attempt to destabilise his rival.
Of course, this simply heightened the Silverstone crowd's dislike of Piquet and made them all the more keen for Mansell to prevail. And, willed on by his cheering fans, Mansell began to tear chunks out of Piquet's lead, until by lap 58 of 65 he was on his team-mate's tail.
Realising he had to strike quickly to make the most of his momentum, Mansell made his move.
Down the Hangar Straight on lap 59, he was in Piquet's slipstream, and this was where he pulled off one of the great overtaking manoeuvres of all time.
With Piquet beginning to defend the inside line as they headed towards Stowe, Mansell dummied left, tricking Piquet into heading back to the outside of the track. As he did so, Mansell then dived to the inside, fending off a lunge from Piquet and completing a brilliant move to the roars of the crowd.
That seemed to be that but, unbeknown to the spectators, in the cockpit of his Williams, Mansell was beginning to think it might all have been for nothing.
These were the days when F1 cars had a maximum fuel allowance, and the read-out in his Williams was showing empty for the final two laps.
The car did finally run out - but only after Mansell had crossed the line. And as he crawled to a halt, his car was engulfed by the crowd.
"It was a hell of a race, a hell of a fight and a good dummy," Mansell says in a revealing interview in F1 Racing magazine this month.
"I broke the lap record 11 times in the last 15 laps - you don't look at a pit board telling you to slow down because of fuel when you're driving your arse off and trying to win a grand prix. It was a fantastic comeback and the crowd loved it."
It was the consummation of a love affair that lasted until Mansell's retirement in 1992.
In that period, Mansell became synonymous with Silverstone. A year later, he drove brilliantly in the wet in the under-powered Williams-Judd to finish second behind Ayrton Senna. In 1989, now at Ferrari, he was second to Prost's superior McLaren.
In 1990, the Frenchman having joined him at the Italian team, he was romping away in the lead when his Ferrari failed. Disillusioned, Mansell theatrically threw his gloves and balaclava into the crowd as he his walked back to the pits and then announced his retirement. Then, tempted back by Williams, he dominated the race in 1991 and 1992.
He set the fastest lap in every one of those races between 1987 and 1992. It is little wonder, then, that more than 200,000 people crammed into Silverstone to watch his final, dominant, victory before his home crowd, just two races before he finally clinched the world title.
The Silverstone crowd are great supporters of current drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. But, so far, no-one has entered their hearts in the manner of the moustachioed Midlander.