Brian Shawe-Taylor  Great Britain

  • Full name Brian Shawe-Taylor
  • Birth date January 28, 1915
  • Birthplace Dublin, Ireland
  • Date of death May 1, 1999 (84 years 93 days)
  • Place of death Cheltenham, Dowdeswell, Great Britain
  • Teams ERA, Maserati
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1950 Maserati 1 1 0 0 1 10 0 0 - 0 0 0 -
1951 ERA 1 1 0 0 1 8 0 0 12 0 0 0 -
Total 2 2 0 0 2 8 0 0 12 0 0 0
Race Circuit Date
First race British Grand Prix Silverstone May 13, 1950 Race results
Last race British Grand Prix Silverstone July 14, 1951 Race results
Profile

Brian Shawe-Taylor was born the son of an Ulster landowner who was murdered by Sinn Fein when Shawe-Taylor was a young child. He raced briefly before World War Two, winning the Nuffield Trophy in 1939. After serving as an anti-aircraft gunner, he resumed racing and in 1950 he entered the first championship grand prix, at Silverstone, only for the organisers to rule his ERA was too old. Undeterred, he shared a drive with Joe Fry in his Maserati.

In 1951 he practiced in a Ferrari ahead of the French Grand Prix but failed to get the final drive. In the same ERA he was refused entry a year earlier, he came eighth at the 1951 British Grand Prix, and finished fifth at the Le Mans 24 Hour later that summer. Shortly after his career was ended when his ERA spun and crashed at Goodwood, leaving him in a coma for several weeks. He then went to work at GCHQ in Cheltenham.

Martin Williamson November 2009

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