Born on this day, Henry Taylor, a British racing driver


Friday 16th December 1932

Born on this day, Henry Taylor, a British racing driver. Taylor came into motor sport from a farming background and through club level and sports car progressed into single-seaters, winning the Grand Prix de Paris in a Cooper. He continued to make good progress in Formula 2, taking a superb second place at the 1959 Auvergne Trophy, ahead of McLaren’s works car, and second in class at the British Grand Prix at Aintree. He got into Formula 1 as a privateer driving a lotus. His best result was fourth in the 1960 French Grand Prix in a Yeoman Credit Cooper-Climax. In the mid 1960s he raced occasionally in a Ford Cortina in the European Touring Car Championship before his retirement in 1966. He later became competitions manager for Ford before retiring to the south of France where he now runs a boat business.


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