John Taylor

John Taylor

23/3/1933 - 8/9/1966

A popular and mild-mannered Lancashire driver. He participated in 5 grands prix, debuting on July 11, 1964. He scored 1 championship point. Taylor raced extensively in Formula Junior during 1962-63 with the Midlander's Cooper-Ford, gaining quite a bit of success, mainly at club level, and was a protege of Bob Gerard whose 1-liter Cosworth SCA-engined Cooper he drove in the 1964 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch. Two years later he took in a series of Formula 1 races in John Bridges's private 2-liter Brabham-BRM V8. Having finished sixth in the 1966 International Trophy, Taylor took David Bridges' Brabham-BRM to the French GP and, despite his limited experience, scored a priceless point. He was badly burned when his Brabham-BRM collided with Jacky Ickx's F2 Matra on the opening lap of the 1966 German Grand Prix at Nurburgring. He died suddenly almost a month later just as it seemed he was on the road to recovery.

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