Mike Taylor (racing driver)

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Michael Taylor
Born (1934-04-24) 24 April 1934 (age 80)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality  British
Active years 1959 - 1960
Teams privateer Cooper, Lotus
Races 2 (1 start)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1959 British Grand Prix
Last race 1960 Belgian Grand Prix

Michael Taylor (born 24 April 1934) is a former racing driver from Great Britain. He participated in 2 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 18 July 1959. He scored no championship points. He also participated in several non-Championship Formula One races. His racing career effectively ended when his steering column weld failed on his Lotus 18 in the 1960 Belgian Grand Prix at 160 mph (260 km/h). He was thrown from the car, cutting down a tree with his body and broke several bones (Alan Stacey and Chris Bristow were killed and Stirling Moss was also injured at the event, crashing his Lotus 18 in practice). He was paralysed,[1][2] but due to therapy he is now on his feet.[1]

Because of his car failure Taylor later sued Lotus successfully, one of the few successful actions against the makers of a racing car.[3]

Taylor never raced again after his accident at Spa Francorchamps but turned instead to property speculation.[3]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WDC Points
1959 Alan Brown Equipe Cooper T45 F2 Climax Straight-4 MON 500 NED FRA GBR
1960 Taylor-Crawley Racing Team Lotus 18 Climax Straight-4 ARG MON 500 NED BEL


  1. ^ a b "On This Day / April 24". ESPN. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "The 50th Anniversary Of The Original Black Weekend.". Bleacher Report. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Steve Small. The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. p. 379. ISBN 0851127029.