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Brian Newton Shawe-Taylor (28 January 1915 – 1 May 1999) was a British racing driver. He participated in 3 World Championship Grands Prix and numerous non-Championship Formula One races. He scored no World Championship points.

Brian Shawe-Taylor
Born(1915-01-28)28 January 1915
Died1 May 1999(1999-05-01) (aged 84)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Active years19501951
Teamsnon-works Maserati, Ferrari, ERA
Entries3 (2 starts)
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1950 British Grand Prix
Last entry1951 British Grand Prix

Shawe-Taylor was born in Dublin, Ireland, the younger of two sons of Francis Manley Shawe-Taylor (1869–1920), magistrate and high sheriff for the county of Galway, and his wife, Agnes Mary Eleanor née Ussher (1874–1939).[1] His parents were members of the Anglo-Irish ruling classes; he was related to the playwright and co-founder of the Abbey Theatre, Lady Gregory and a cousin of Sir Hugh Lane who founded Dublin's gallery of modern art.[2]

Shawe-Taylor started racing before the war, winning the Nuffield Trophy in 1939. After the war he raced an ERA, with which he tried to enter the 1950 British Grand Prix. The organisers deemed his car to be too old, but he managed to take part in the race anyway, by sharing the Maserati 4CL of Joe Fry. The following year, he practiced a Ferrari entered by Tony Vandervell at the 1951 French Grand Prix, but ultimately Reg Parnell drove the car during the race.[3]

His entry was accepted for the 1951 British Grand Prix, despite the fact that he was still campaigning his old ERA, and he finished the race in 8th position as the top privateer, albeit six laps down on the winner. He also raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year, sharing an Aston Martin DB2 with George Abecassis, finishing 5th. He was later seriously injured in an accident at Goodwood, when he spun the ERA and was hit by Toni Branca. Shawe-Taylor recovered but his career was ended.

Shawe-Taylor was the younger brother of the music critic Desmond Shawe-Taylor, and the father of the art historian and Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures, the younger Desmond Shawe-Taylor, LVO.[4]

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 WDC Points
1950 Joe Fry Maserati 4CL Maserati Straight-4 GBR
1951 G A Vandervell Ferrari 375 Thinwall Ferrari SUI 500 BEL FRA
NC 0
Brian Shawe-Taylor ERA B Type ERA Straight-6 GBR
* Indicates shared drive with Joe Fry


  1. ^ Warrack, John, "Taylor, Desmond Christopher Shawe- (1907–1995)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, September 2004; online edition, May 2009, accessed 30 May 2010 (requires subscription)
  2. ^ "Desmond Shawe-Taylor – Obituary", The Times, 3 November 1995
  3. ^ Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 351. ISBN 0851127029.
  4. ^ "Shawe-Taylor, Desmond Philip", Who's Who 2010, A & C Black, 2010; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2009; online edition, November 2009, accessed 1 June 2010 (requires subscription)
  5. ^ Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 350. ISBN 0851127029.