Lee Taylor, like Donald Campbell seems to have been a man of extraordinary bravery having overcome (as did DC) a huge high-speed accident which left both physical and psychological effects.
The famous story is that Hustler's throttle setting was adjusted by the crew so that Taylor didn't realize he was flat out. His previous experience (baling out at well over 100mph) having left him with a seeming inability to put the pedal to the floor.
But like Campbell, despite his hard won success and having suffered so much to achieve it, he simply could not stop, with tragic results .
I wonder, Steve, if you know whether the throttle-story is actually true or apocryphal ?
DJT introduced me to Russ Wicks in Indianapolis once, and I was aware of an older chap "ear wigging" what was being said. When David, Russ and Patrick Head moved off into a very in depth conversation, I felt it was time to leave, especially as if Bernie was paying me, I didn't want to get caught!! Suddenly the chap who I had been aware of appeared next to me, I can't recall the name at present, but I did note it and will check. He worked for an IRL team, and had since the seventies, "prior to that" he added "I worked with Lee taylor". Knowing of David's obsession with Hustler I tried to steer him back, but they had gone, so I listened to him while we walked toward "Bakersville" the digital broadcast village. One of the first things he said was, and I did note this word for word,
"we tricked the poor guy, took the stops out of the throttle, he had set it way down by winding up the pedal stop, so we altered the engine end. He thought he was flat on the pedal, but where he had set it, but he was getting the whole bundle. Felt bad about it 'till we saw his face as he got the speed and times!!! But I left halfway through US Discovery 1, I just didn't like it, and when I saw Discovery 2, I just knew how it would end".
I stayed in touch with him for a while, and sent his contact details to DJT, but neither David or I ever heard back after about two months.