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So I just recieved some original 1970's Scale Models mags from Superhornets.

They have really lovely line drawings of F1 cars. On a recent thread I also found two sites with proper three view drawings of other cars.

ALL of these drawings were done by Roger Taylor!

So can someone tell me about him and these drawings and perhaps someone has a deffinitive list?

Andi
 

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Hi Andi,

I have a magnificent and rather rare book called Prototype 1968-70, which has a detailed analysis of some of the world's leading racing cars of that era, written by Mike Twite and with drawings by Roger Taylor and David Windsor.



The dust jacket says that Roger Taylor was born in 1943 in Wimbledon and educated in Brighton. Upon leaving school, he joined HM Forces, qualified as a surveyor during army service and on discharge worked as a land surveyor for a short period, before joining a small company specialising in temporary exhibitions and shows such as the Farnborough Air Show, as a draughtsman. He had his first drawings published in Model Cars magazine in 1965.

There is currently a copy of the book up for auction on eBay (not mine!). It's well worth getting.

With kind regards,

Russell
 

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you may get more information from the autosport nostalgia forum as they have a huge collection of cutaway drawings and info.
cheers
Nigel
 

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I've always been a great fan of the work of Roger Taylor and I remember an article in one of the short-lived car modelling magazines from the 80's about him - a photo showed him as a balding, bearded man in his late 40's/early 50's then and I think it said his day job was with TI Raleigh, (as a cycling enthusiast I noted that).

At the time it was written he was also involved in a small company called Autographic who were planning some high quality 1/43 white metal kits, here I forget whether the first (only?) release was a Vanwall or a 250F. My confusion arises because I might be mentally combining another article by him on the 250F - the variant with which Stirling Moss won the 1956 Monaco GP - which included not only the GA drawings but also a colour painting of the car done by Roger.

As far as I'm aware he was still active in the late 90/s / early 00's as I've seen his drawings of the contemporary Mercedes GT and Ferrari 333 cars as well as a retrospective of the Lotus 40 published then.

As an aside there was also a contemporary of Roger's called Gerald Scarborough who tended to write modelling articles rather than profiles of real cars, and who I also admired. I can't recall much by him about slot cars in periodicals but there was some in his PSL book on Car Modelling.

As a final aside and to tie the whole lot together I was born within days of the Moss win at Monte Carlo so am entirely familiar with the work of the various Rogers on the page, on the drums and on the tennis court!
 

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Andi

If you re interested in plans, try to track down information about the work of Robert J Roux. Although more famous for his work with planes, if also did a lot of car stuff.
Google.fr would be a good place to start.

Joel
 
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