HISTORY OF TAYLOR RACE ENGINEERING, INC.

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Taylor Race Engineering began in 1975, when John Reske, the upper Midwest distributor for Webster gears retired from active racing, and wanted to sell. Craig Taylor, then a beginning racer in Formula Ford saw an opportunity to add a business side to his racing activities bought the distributorship from John, and began selling and servicing Webster products.

Taylor, then a pilot flying corporate jet aircraft for a Minneapolis company, slowly expanded his sideline business, using his engineering skills and racing ability to learn what racers needed. His racing successes in Formula Ford gave him the visibility so that other racers came to him for assistance with their own cars.

A new flying position in Dallas brought the Taylor family to Dallas in 1984, where Craig sought out and purchased the south central distributor of Webster products, enlarging his territory to the entire central United States. In 1986, Marcie, Craig’s wife took over the business, as Craig was traveling extensively. Marcie continued to build the business until 1990, when the corporation for which Craig was a pilot declared bankruptcy, sold all of its aircraft, and fired all of the pilots.








After some research, and Craig’s first National SCCA Championship in 1990 (he had won numerous divisional championships), it was decided to abandon the aviation career and work on the business together, full time. Incorporation as Taylor Race Engineering, Inc. and a second National Championship in the Professional Formula 2000 series followed in 1991.

At this time a decision was made to concentrate on racecar driveline equipment, so as to be able to have everything that the racer might need from the crankshaft to the wheel. A servicing department was also established, with an employee hired to refurbish transaxles. In fairly short order, the Company acquired distributorships for Tilton, Quaife, Hewland, Staffs, Jerico, Red Line, GKN, and Lobro. The Company also acquired most of the remaining Webster distributors in the US. In addition, a number of proprietary products are manufactured by or for Taylor Race Engineering, such as specialized tooling, clutch release systems, lightweight aluminum differentials, and a number of Quaife differentials made to Taylor Race Engineering specifications.

Now with eight employees, Taylor Race Engineering continues to search for and find or develop new products needed by the racing community.
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