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Frank Taylor

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Age 42, Frank Taylor is a motor cycle engineer and comes from Todmorden, Lancs. His racing experience includes a season as a speedway rider and five years of trials, scrambles and hill climbs. He has competed at Cadwell, Brough, Rhydymwyn, Silverstone, Esholt (as a solo rider), Brand's Hatch, Oulton Park, Wallasey, Druridge Bay Sands, and Mablethorpe Sands, with moderate success. He was Cheshire Centre Sand Race Sidecar Champion in 1949, was the fastest 500 cc. sidecar driver in 1951 on the Cadwell Park long course, winner of the 'Daily Dispatch' Silver Cup at Wallasey in 1952 and scratch and handicap race winner at Redcar in 1953. In all these races his mount was a 1933 International Norton.

In 1954, on an up to date machine, a Norton, Manx with Watsonian chair, he competed quite successfully at Silverstone, Cadwell, Oulton Park and elsewhere. He was ninth finisher in the 1954 Sidecar TT, winning a silver replica, had two 'seconds' at the August Oulton meeting and was second again in the 1000 cc sidecar race at the Hutchinson 100 meeting.

He was fifth in the 1955 Sidecar TT and his short circuit victories included Castle Combe, Snetterton, and Wallasey. Although his outfit was misfiring during the 1956 Sidecar TT Frank managed to finish in 14th place to gain a Bronze Replica. Last year, in the same race, he was 12th. He is entered by Denis Parkinson.
(TT Special, Friday, June 06, 1958 p24)

Mount: Sidecar – Norton.

Age 40, Frank Taylor is a motorcycle engineer and comes from Todmorden, Lancs. His racing experience includes a season as a speedway rider, and five years of trials, scrambles and hill-climbs.

He has competed at Cadwell, Brough, Rhydymwyn, Silverstone, Esholt (as a solo rider), Brand’s Hatch, Oulton Park, Wallasey, Druridge Bay Sands, Redcar Sands, and Mablethorpe Sands, with moderate success. He was Cheshire Centre Sand Race Sidecar Champion in 1949, was the fastest 500 c.c. sidecar driver in 1951 on the Cadwell Park long course, winner of the “Dailey Dispatch” Silver Cp at Wallasey in 1952, and scratch and handicap race winner at Redcar in 1953. In all these races his mount was a 1933 International Norton.

In 1954, on an up-to-date machine, a Norton “Manx”, with Watsonian chair, he competed quite successfully at Silverstone, Cadwell, Oulton Park, and elsewhere.
He was ninth finisher in the 1954 Sidecar T.T., winning a siler replica, had two “seconds” at the August Oulton meeting, and was second again in the 1,000 c.c. sidecar race at the Hutchinson “100” meeting.

He was fifth in the 1955 Sidecar T.T., and his short circuit victories included Castle Combe, Snetterton, and Wallasey.

His entrant is Denis Parkinson.
(TT Special, 8 June 1956, pp.11-12.)

Age 36; a foreman fitter welder, of Woking, Surrey. Rode at Brooklands before the war and has since then competed in short-circuit events. Machine, 1949 Vincent H.R.D. Series B Rapide, with minor modifications. Hobby: Classical gramophone records.

Entered by Vincent H.R.D. O.C.
(TT Special, 7 June 1950, p.15.)

Competed in

RacePositionTimeSpeedMachine
1958 Sidecar TTRNorton
1957 Sidecar TT121:48:55.8059.43Norton
1956 Sidecar TT141:39:32.8058.53Norton
1955 Sidecar TT51:31:52.8063.41Norton
1954 Sidecar TT91:44:35.2061.9Norton
1950 Clubman 1000 TT72:12:45.2068.24HRD

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