Henry Taylor (racing driver)

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Henry Taylor
Born (1932-12-16)16 December 1932
Shefford, Bedfordshire, England, UK
Died 24 October 2013(2013-10-24) (aged 80)
Vallauris, France
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality British
Active years 19591961
Teams non-works Cooper, Lotus
Races 11 (8 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 3
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1959 British Grand Prix
Last race 1961 Italian Grand Prix

Henry Taylor (16 December 1932 – 24 October 2013)[1] was a British racing driver from England.

Racing career[edit]

Born in Shefford, Bedfordshire, Taylor started his career in speedway in East London before switching to a 500cc Formula Three Cooper in 1954, quickly demonstrating his talent. He won two Formula Three championships in 1955, and repeated the achievement in 1956, taking 15 wins.[2] He drove in sports car racing as well, winning in a Jaguar D-Type. Continuing his winning ways in Formula Two in 1958, while scoring several good placings in the UK and in France, he soon graduated to Grand Prix racing.

He participated in 11 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, scoring three championship points, with his best result at the 1960 French Grand Prix, a fourth place in his Cooper T51. That year he also drove for Ken Tyrrell's Formula Junior team, winning twice.[2] He found less success in the following season's World Championship Grands Prix, but finished second twice in domestic Formula One races, among other strong results. Not long after a serious accident in the 1961 British Grand Prix, Taylor turned away from single-seater racing and took up rallying,[3] taking part in the Monte Carlo Rally.

For the following four seasons, Taylor rallied a Ford Anglia, drove the Ford Cortina on its rally debut,[4] and also campaigned the highly successful Lotus Cortina, which he also raced in the European Touring Car Championship in 1964. He achieved a number of top six placings in rallies with all three cars, and took two second places in ETCC races.

After retiring from rallying in 1965, he became Ford's Competition Manager. He also drove for the British Olympic bobsleigh team.[2]

Death[edit]

Taylor died on 24 October 2013 died in Vallauris, France after a long battle with ill health.[1]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WDC Points
1959 RHH Parnell Cooper T51 F2 Climax Straight-4 MON
500
NED
FRA
GBR
11
GER
POR
ITA
USA
NC 0
1960 Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper T51 Climax Straight-4 ARG
MON
500
NED
7
BEL
FRA
4
GBR
8
POR
DNS
ITA
USA
14
22nd 3
1961 UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus 18 Climax Straight-4 MON
DNQ
NED
NC 0
Lotus 18/21 Climax Straight-4 BEL
DNP
FRA
10
GBR
Ret
GER
ITA
11
USA

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Henry Taylor". oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Peter Scherer, "50 Years of British Grand Prix Drivers", tfm, 1999, pp.88–89.
  3. ^ "Notice of Death - Henry Taylor". British Racing Drivers Club. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Steve Small, "The Grand Prix Who's Who", Guinness, 1996, p.421.

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