Henry Taylor  Great Britain

  • Full name Henry Taylor
  • Birth date December 16, 1932
  • Birthplace Shefford, Bedfordshire, Great Britain
  • Current age 81 years 121 days
  • Teams Cooper, Team Lotus
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1959 Cooper 1 1 0 0 1 11 0 0 21 0 0 0 -
1960 Cooper 5 4 0 0 4 4 0 0 13 0 0 3 19
1961 Team Lotus 4 3 0 0 2 10 0 0 17 0 0 0 -
Total 10 8 0 0 7 4 0 0 13 0 0 3
Race Circuit Date
First race British Grand Prix Aintree July 18, 1959 Race results
Last race Italian Grand Prix Monza September 10, 1961 Race results
Profile

Henry Taylor started off in speedway before switching to Formula 3 in 1954 where he soon made an impression. He won the Formula Two championships in 1955 and 1956 as well as establishing himself in sports car racing in a Jaguar D-type.

His break in Formula One came in 1959, but in eight starts his best result was a fourth in France in 1960 (although he did record two Formula Junior wins that year). In 1961 he crashed in the wet on the fifth lap of the British Grand Prix at Aintree, retiring soon after. He moved to rallying, driving the Ford Cortina on its rally debut, retiring from that in 1965. He subsequently became Ford's competition manager before retiring to the south of France where he ran a boat business.

He was a leading bobsleigher in the 1950s - in 1956 he won the Fairchilds Morgan Cup on the Cresta Run. In 1959 he piloted the British team to fourth in the world championships. He also once organised for a group of Ford Cortinas to drive down a bobsleigh course, leading the way himself.

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