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Michael Taylor (24 April 1934 – 4 April 2017) was a racing driver from Great Britain. He participated in two 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 after therapy was able to regain the ability to walk.[1]

Michael Taylor
Born(1934-04-24)24 April 1934
Died7 April 2017(2017-04-07) (aged 82)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Active years19591960
Teamsprivateer Cooper, Lotus
Entries2 (1 start)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1959 British Grand Prix
Last entry1960 Belgian Grand Prix

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

After his accident, Taylor sporadically competed in long distance rallying, finishing third in the London–Sydney Marathon in 1977 in a Citroën CX with Paddy Hopkirk and Bob Riley. Taylor also had a career in property speculation.[3] He died on 4 April 2017 after a battle with cancer.[4]

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key)

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
Ret
GER POR ITA USA NC 0
1960 Taylor-Crawley Racing Team Lotus 18 Climax Straight-4 ARG MON 500 NED BEL
DNS
FRA GBR POR ITA USA NC 0

SourcesEdit

  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.
  4. ^ "Notice of Death – Michael JC Taylor". BRDC. Retrieved 22 June 2017.