Taylor – known for always racing with a yellow helmet and overalls – is credited with originating the yellow stripe down the middle of Team Lotus racing cars in the 1960s – a tradition that the current Lotus Racing squad still adopts – after organisers of the 1963 Indianapolis 500 objected to all-green Lotus cars contesting the race.
Taylor’s motorsport career began in sports cars before he moved to open-wheel racing, winning the 1958 British Formula 3 title. In 1960, he joined Team Lotus’ Formula Junior squad, and co-shared the title with Jim Clark before winning it outright the following season.
His F1 debut came at the 1961 Dutch Grand Prix, and a year later at the same venue (just his second F1 start) he finished on the podium in second place. It would be his best F1 finish.
Despite sharing wins with Clark in non-championship rounds at Mexico and other minor F1 races, he was sacked by Lotus and joined BRP-BRM, but the results proved thin thereafter.
In total, Taylor contested 29 Grands Prix – starting in 27 of them – and achieved 8 championship points.
After F1, he won the 1969 Tourist Trophy race at Oulton Park and just missed out beating Peter Gethin to the Formula 5000 title.
[Original image via The Cahier Archive]
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