JACK TAYLOR was a legend in the world of British and international cycling.
Jack was cycling mad as a kid. At 13 years of age he started making lightweight cycle frames for his mates in his mother's garden shed in Greta Road, Norton.
In 1942 he bought some land in Church Road, Stockton, and, with brothers Ken and Norman, started Jack Taylor Cycles.
Taylor Cycles became famous all around the world. He once built a tandem for the Shah of Iran and his cycles were coveted in communist Russia. Jack was honoured by a visit to his workshop by Prince Charles in 1987.
The three brothers joined the British League of Racing Cyclists (BLRC) soon after its foundation in 1942.
In 1945, uniquely, all three brothers took part in the BLRC's Victory Race, their first five-stage race from Brighton to Glasgow as the Jack Taylor Cycles Team. Jack came 10th with the brothers not far behind.
The Taylor brothers were members of the Stockton Wheelers. He took part in the the Tour of Britain many times, finishing 10th on one occasion, only four minutes behind the leader.
Jack married Peggy in 1957 in Thornaby, their mutual love of cycling bringing them together. They even had their own tandem.
Jack was a keen jazz enthusiast and played with The Old Glory Jazz Band at the Oxbridge Hotel. In the 1960s he even met his idol Louis Armstrong, not once but twice. Jack sadly passed away in 2014 aged 96.
What he would have given to be here this weekend.
Wheel remember him.
| Cycle legend Jack Taylor, centre, with brothers Ken, left, and Norman
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|Publication:||Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)|
|Date:||Apr 27, 2016|
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