Hi. My name is Brian Taylor. Many of you will know me because I entered the motor industry as far back as 1966, initially via sales in the tyre trade before moving on to parts distribution and franchised dealers, becoming Marketing Director of the Dutton Forshaw Motor Group in the mid-1980s.
In 1990 I entered the world of research and journalism via Sewells International before becoming a freelance motoring writer creating and producing the Castrol Car Service Trend Tracker amongst others. I was a regular contributor to motoring trade publications and during this time I spoke at conferences in the UK, Europe and the USA.
I became a Fellow in the early 1990s and over recent years I have returned to my favourite motor sport drag racing. My book Crazy Horses – the history of British drag racing, was published by Haynes and currently I have been working with the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, leading a group restoring Europe’s first dragster – Sydney Allard’s 1961 Allard Chrysler. We have used this restoration to excite those on IMI programmes designed for apprentices and those looking to enter the industry.
My role for the FMI website will be to gather and comment on a few stories appearing in the press each month. Rather than only cover the national stories you might have read elsewhere, I will try to include some off-the-wall issue that might have slipped under the radar. The end of each month is my deadline so wish me luck.