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#1 Doug Nye

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 17:33

With great regret, I hear that Trev Taylor died last night, peacefully, in his sleep...he had been suffering from cancer for some time

Good man...great fun...one the lads. Ced Selzer - Team Lotus mechanic with Trev 1961-63 - recalls him with great respect, and affection ... Not least for high jinks in later years, sports car racing with Chris Craft and other larrikins in, for example, the Nordic Cup series. Raise a glass or two to the good-looking Yorkshireman in the yellow crash helmet and overalls...

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#2 Gary C

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 17:39

RIP Trev.

#3 f1steveuk

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 17:44

What a shame, he was, as has been said, a lovely bloke. I remember him showing me a watch (given to him by Jim Clark) and joking that it was always fast, "well it would be wouldn't it!!??"

Another link with the past gone.

#4 Tim Murray

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 17:44

That came as a shock - had he been unwell? Yet another of my boyhood heroes gone. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

RIP Trev.

#5 Ray Bell

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 17:50

In 1962, the first year I followed F1, who would not have been wishing this man well?

An underdog, obviously very fast, somewhat unlucky it seemed. What can one say?

#6 justpassing

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 17:54

That´s sad. I watched Trevor win the Natal GP at Westmede, South Africa, when he was Jimmy Clark´s team mate at Lotus. I was most impressed with him, but I feel his career wasn´t blessed with the sort of good fortune needed to succeed at the highest level.
RIP TT. Gone but never forgotten.

#7 David M. Kane

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 18:02

I'll remember the stark shock on his face after his Spa accident. It always stuck in my mind.

#8 Giraffe

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 18:06

Very sad indeed. Two pics I took of Trevor at Oulton Park demonstrating just how versatile he was...........

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By giraffe138 at 2010-09-28

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#9 Barry Boor

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 18:14

Very, very sorry to hear this news. It has rather spoiled my evening.

Thanks for everything, Trevor.

#10 Concreteconrods

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 18:33

My interest in motor racing started in the early 1960's so he was one of my heroes. Too many accidents - none his fault - robbed his confidence & cost him his job at Team Lotus if I remember correctly.

I met him at Coy's Historic Festival at Silverstone about 10 years ago & enjoyed talking to him. I took this picture of Trevor in Cedric's re-constructed Lotus 25.
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#11 sterling49

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 18:46

I saw Trevor from the early days and more regularly in sportscars and F5000, a rapid driverthat I always supported. R.I.P.

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 19:00

Very, very sorry to hear this news. It has rather spoiled my evening.

Thanks for everything, Trevor.


Mine too :(

RIP and condolences to all his family.


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#13 BarryJohnson

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 19:08

Very sorry to read this.

Due to being relatively young at the time tended to see more of his Aurora Gear Racing exploits
rather than the Team Lotus F1 stuff.

It could not have been easy being Jim Clark's team mate.

Rest in Peace.

Edited by BarryJohnson, 28 September 2010 - 19:09.


#14 jj2728

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 19:46

Rest in Peace......

#15 Coral

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 20:09

Oh, how very sad. R.I.P. Trevor... :cry:

#16 bradbury west

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 21:12

..... Yet another of my boyhood heroes gone. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.
RIP Trev.


My own thoughts, too. I recall seeing him from the early days at Oulton, often under-rated, like Peter Arundell, but singularly talented and fast. I was fortunate enough to meet him and Anita, hero and heroine, at Coys in the 90s, a lovely bloke and Anita remained perfect .

Away from Team Lotus, please remember him in the very wet Silverstone Intl Sports car race in March 65 in the little Aurora, a masterclass in wet driving, when many of the big names fell off the Tarmac.
with great sadness
Roger Lund

Edited by bradbury west, 28 September 2010 - 21:32.


#17 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 23:15

Tremendous shame - one of the better drivers of his era who didn't quite garner the success he should've done.

Too young to remember him driving at his peak, but I always had a soft spot for him when I heard the stories about him.

A sad day - too many of the 60's heroes are going relatively young before the 50's stalwarts.

RIP :cry:

#18 ryan86

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 00:29

What a shame, he was, as has been said, a lovely bloke. I remember him showing me a watch (given to him by Jim Clark) and joking that it was always fast, "well it would be wouldn't it!!??"

Another link with the past gone.


By coincidence I picked at random, a F1 Racing to read on a train journey today and it was the May 1998 edition where there was aticle, perhaps about said watch, but in any case a watch given to him by Jim Clark after the 1962 Mexican GP and that we was having to sell it due to financial constraints.

#19 charles r

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 05:30

RIP Trevor.

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#20 Gary Davies

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 07:03

God speed Trevor and thank you.

#21 Nanni Dietrich

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 08:00

Very sad sad news.


#22 ForeverF1

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 08:03

R.I.P. Trev. Sad to see the Ace Garage close its doors too. Thanks for the fond memories. Rest well.

#23 Stephen W

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 08:37

I am saddened by the news. I always thought of Trevor as being the one Lotus driver that got close to matching Clark on track. My earliest memories are from the early Sixties when it was Clark & Taylor to the fore.

After suffering in recent times he has now found peace.

:cry:



#24 taylov

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 13:04

That came as a shock - had he been unwell? Yet another of my boyhood heroes gone. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.
RIP Trev.


I share your thoughts - This sad news made me find the programmes from the 1964 GP at Brands which was my first sight of Trevor when he teamed up with Innes Ireland in the BRP-BRMs.

So few of the grid are still with us - Jack Brabham, Dan Gurney, Chris Amon and John Surtees along with Dick Attwood who was a non-starter but did practice, I think.

RIP Trevor.

Tony

Edited by taylov, 29 September 2010 - 15:04.


#25 sramoa

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 16:03

Very sad news!R.I.P. Trevor

#26 Phil Rainford

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 16:34

http://www.autosport...rt.php/id/87070


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#27 Giraffe

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 16:53

Trevor in the F5000 Leda

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#28 Cargo

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 18:08

Oh this is a sad thing. ): RIP. I remember his driving from the old F5000 days - those cars were a real handful.


http://www.autosport...rt.php/id/87070


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Thats a very tiny obit - perhaps they'll do better in the print edition. TT is worth a couple of pages.....

#29 Michael Oliver

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 18:17

Very sad. I knew he was unwell but all the same it is still a shock. One of motor racing's great characters, along with Innes Ireland but also very quick, as witnessed by his joint FJ title with Jim Clark and the speed he displayed in his early days as an F1 driver for Team Lotus.

RIP Trevor.

#30 d j fox

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 18:32

Very sad news indeed. I'll always remember him in the Team Lotus FJ Lotus 20 with his bright yellow overalls and helmet. A true Yorkshireman.
My condolences to his family.

David Fox

Edited by d j fox, 29 September 2010 - 18:33.


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Posted 29 September 2010 - 19:09

Never knew him personally, and was too young to have seen him race, but was lucky enough to meet him at the 2000 Coys Festival at Silverstone. I caught his attention when he was autographing a photo of him in a BRP and he said to the guy he was signing it for "Is that the one I finished second to Graham Hill in?" I quietly piped up "It was Holland '62 wasn't it?" which seemed to take him by surprise. He then went on to chat with me for ages, including one story about Innes Ireland pushing him into a fountain as retribution for taking his Lotus seat!

I was only 17 at the time and despite it being the first time I ever met my childhood hero (Nigel Mansell), I think it was that incident above all else that made my weekend.

R.I.P. :(

Edited by FerrariV12, 29 September 2010 - 19:10.


#32 William Hunt

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 19:53

Terrible news and 73 is still quite young to die already. R.I.P. Trevor.

#33 Pedro 917

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 20:25

RIP Trevor.
Some pictures from the good old days to remember him by :

Nürburgring 1962 :

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Nürburgring 1963 :

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#34 Doug Nye

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 20:32

Truly wonderful photos Luc...

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#35 sterling49

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 20:40

Truly wonderful photos Luc...

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I second Doug's comment, beautiful photos Luc, thank you.

#36 bradbury west

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 21:28

Truly wonderful photos Luc... DCN


Wondeful shots, Luc, thank you. I have not seen the Yorkshire county white rose motif shown on his helmet shown many times. Good to see such an illuminating shot of Jim Endruweit, who is not in the best of health, I hear.
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#37 Bjorn Kjer

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 22:37

Sad to hear of TT. He was one of my favorites then . Faboulos pictures, nice to see TT in a happy mood.

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 00:12

RIP Trevor.
Some pictures from the good old days to remember him by :

Nürburgring 1962 :

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Copyright E. Peter


What a great photo that is!

Sadly, I only took one pic of the man in question...

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At my first-ever race meeting, in fact - Oulton Park, 1971 in the F5000 Leda.

Very sad news, and my condolences to all who knew and loved him.

#39 Arturo Pereira

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 00:59

Quite sad news indeed. RIP

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#40 Gabrci

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 07:31

That's really sad. This is the last interview I read with him, I had no idea he was ill.

And I must admit I never knew that the yellow stripes were his idea.

#41 Cargo

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 07:55

Fabulous photos! :) Thanks for those - the ones with Jimmy Clarke are fabulous... :up:

#42 wolf sun

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 08:16

RIP Trevor. Another hero gone.

#43 barrykm

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 13:18

RIP Trevor! Like an earlier poster, as a young boy I too remember his 1962 victory at Westmead. A bit of an individualist too, with yellow overalls when all others were Dunlop blue ... :up:

#44 EvDelft

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 13:57

Another icon gone...

RIP, Trevor. :(

#45 Tony Condon

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 15:12

Hi
Very sad news
One of my favourites in the 60s a far better driver than the statistics of his career indicate
met him a sliverstone a few years ago when he was good enoigh to sign an autograph and give me an insight into being jim clarks team mate .He obviuosly worshipped him
RIP trevor

Cheers tony

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 17:56

In 1962, the first year I followed F1, who would not have been wishing this man well?

An underdog, obviously very fast, somewhat unlucky it seemed. What can one say?



I am very saddened to learn (today) that Trevor Taylor has died a few days ago, my sincere condulences go out to his family

yes, he seemed to have bad luck for some time - all these terrible accidents he had, I remember a quote of Jim Clark when got asked about his former team mate Taylor, so if I remember correctly Jimmy said something like that he thought Trevor was an extreme good driver but had lost a bit self confidence after all his terrible accidents he had. So obviously Clark thought that those accidents took the edge of Trevor Taylor for some time.
Well, that`s what I read - this must not be true, it`s so long ago.

The last time I saw Trever Taylor on TV: I remember I saw him in a documentation but for the life of me I can`t recall which one it was, the docu was not that old. He was so good looking, grey hair but damn good looking, that`s what remember very well. I maybe find the docu if I search for it in my collection.
Sad sad to hear, sad news ... ):




#47 Hieronymus

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 18:08

We were also fortunate enough to see Trevor race here in South Africa.

#48 Aykay

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 22:41

I met Trevor a couple of times at the old Coys festivals, he always took time for chat with fans. As has already been stated great bloke.
I remember him saying he was once told he was an unlucky driver,to which he replied " I wouldn't say that I was once shown a photo some years ago of a drivers briefing and realised I was the only one on the photo still alive"
R.I.P. Trev

#49 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:31

Doug, do we know if Trevor died at home, or in hospital? Sorry to ask, but there are those of us who like to know death places.

Gergely and others - the most recent interview with him was the Yorkshire Post with a photo of him from 2010. Apparently he had been suffering from cancer since 2009.

http://www.yorkshire...alls.6149314.jp

http://www.yorkshire...ylor.6557713.jp

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 06:49

Thanks for the link Richie, nice to see that he kept his good spirits.