DRIVERS: MICHAEL TAYLOR

Name: Michael Taylor
Nationality: Great Britain
Date of birth: April 24, 1934 - London

This Wellington-educated amateur had his racing career cut short when the steering column of his Lotus 18 broke during practice for the 1960 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps and Taylor suffered multiple injuries in the crash that resulted. He later sued Lotus boss Colin Chapman and obtained a substantial out-of-court settlement.

The son of a Mercedes car salesman who founded dealers Taylor & Crawley in Mayfair, he married Stirling Moss's former second wife Elaine Barberino in 1980. He later founded a private property company which crashed in 1977 with debts of over 8 million. The official receiver later blamed the collapse on "expensive, ill-judged, speculative ventures."

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