John Taylor

Full Name:
John M Taylor
Born:
23rd March 1933
Anstey, Leicestershire
Died:
8th September 1966 (Aged 33)
Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate (D), following an accident during the German GP
Nationality:
British
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

A former flight engineer with the Royal Air Force, John Taylor started racing in 1958 and joined Bob Gerard as Competition Manager two years later. He raced in Formule Libre before driving Gerard’s Cooper-Ford in British Formula Junior during 1962 and 1963.

Formula 1 privateer

Taylor was ninth on his Formula 1 debut in the 1963 Aintree 200 driving the team’s Cooper T59-Ford. He entered several non-championship F1 and Formula 2 races over the next three years – generally finishing but without troubling the frontrunners. Gerard’s entry for the 1964 British Grand Prix was accepted and Taylor’s modified Cooper T71/73-Ford finished an unspectacular 14th on his championship debut at Brands Hatch.

He began 1966 in Frank Lythgoe’s Brabham BT16 and retired at Goodwood in his only F2 start of the year. He was sixth in the Nürburgring 1000Kms sharing Peter Sutcliffe’s Ford GT40. By now, Taylor had returned to F1 with David Bridges’ Brabham BT11 that had been fitted with 2000cc BRM V8 engine. He was sixth in the International Trophy at Silverstone and repeated that result in the French GP – earning the only world championship point of his five-race GP career. Further eighth place finishes at Brands Hatch and Zandvoort showed consistency if not the outright pace of the under-powered combination.

The German GP began in heavy mist and rain and Jacky Ickx’s F2 Matra passed Taylor at the Flugplatz on the opening lap. It seems that the Englishman made an error shortly afterwards and the two cars collided and crashed. Ickx was uninjured but Taylor’s car burst into flames.

Unconscious, Taylor was rescued and taken to hospital in Koblenz. Despite his severe burns, early prognosis was hopeful so Taylor’s death a month later was a real shock. He was a popular and consistent driver who had just started to show some promise in F1 when he lost his life.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1966 F1 World Championship
David Bridges
4 0 0 0
0% win rate
17th 1
1966 International Championship of Makes
Peter Sutcliffe
1 0 0 0 1
1966 Autocar British F2 Championship
Frank Lythgoe Racing
1 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1965 Autocar British F2 Championship
Gerard Racing
2 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1964 F1 World Championship
Gerard Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1964 Autocar British F2 Championship
Gerard Racing
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0