Brian Naylor

Full Name:
John Brian Naylor
Born:
24th March 1923
Salford, Manchester
Died:
8th August 1989 (Aged 66)
Marbella, Andalusia (E), boating accident
Nationality:
British
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Brian Naylor served with distinction in the Merchant Navy during World War II before becoming a motor dealer in Stockport, Lancashire. Not only was he a Grand Prix constructor/driver but Naylor was also the first Englishman to race in NASCAR.

Racing career

He first raced an MG TD in a handicap event at Snetterton in September 1953 and he competed regularly in domestic sports cars from 1954. His Lotus 11-Maserati scored 16 outright and class victories during 1956 before Naylor switched his interest to Formula 2.

A Cooper T43-Climax was acquired for 1957 with which he made his GP debut in the F2 class at the Nürburgring. Second in class that day, he retired a T45 from the 1958 German GP. Naylor also raced at Le Mans – finishing 15th with Bruce Halford in a Lister-Jaguar in 1958 and retiring Graham Whitehead’s Aston Martin DBR1 a year later.

Naylor and JBW Cars

Naylor and his mechanic Fred Wilkinson reworked the Cooper and fitted a Maserati 250S straight-four engine for 1959. The re-christened JBW-Maserati was successful in lesser Formule Libre events and Naylor also entered a number of Formula 1 races. He started four GPs with the car during 1959 and 1960 with 13th in the 1960 British GP his only finish.

The leading British teams boycotted that year’s Italian GP due to use of the combined road and banked course and it almost provided Naylor with a points finish. He qualified seventh in the depleted field and ran fourth before his gearbox failed with nine laps to go.

If that was a world championship highlight, then the Oulton Park Gold Cup three weeks later was in complete contrast. He turfed Jim Clark off the track while being lapped and the normally mild-mannered Scot had to be restrained afterwards.

The 1961 season was Naylor’s last and it began in America – in NASCAR! He lasted just a lap in the qualifying race so he started the Daytona 500 in 58th and last position. Naylor retired after 85 laps when his Warner Brothers Ford’s engine let go. His seventh and last GP start was in that year’s Italian GP. Naylor qualified the now Climax-powered JBW in 31st position but retired after just six laps.

Naylor was diagnosed with a heart complaint at the end of the year. He retired to Marbella and ran a café for some time before dying in a boating accident in 1989.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1961 F1 World Championship
JB Naylor
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1960 F1 World Championship
JB Naylor
3 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1959 F1 World Championship
JB Naylor
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1959 World Sportscar Championship
Graham Whitehead
1 0 0 0 0
1958 F1 World Championship
JB Naylor
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1958 World Sportscar Championship
Bruce Halford
1 0 0 0 0
1957 F1 World Championship
JB Naylor
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0