John Brian Naylor, amateur British racing driver, was a regular entrant in British formula 1 and 2 races, and occasionally was seen in non-British races in Europe. In 1957-58 he tried his abilities in a couple of Grand Epreuves driving Cooper-Climax vehicle. This experience inspired him to build his own F1 car, the task he assigned to his fellow mechanic Fred Wilkinson. The first version of the front-engined F1 car (JBW Type 1) christened JBW after the initials of Naylor and Wilkinson, was powered by Maserati L4 motor and was raced by Naylor in 1959 and 1960. The first appearance of the JBW-Maserati was at the BRDC International Trophy race at Silverstone, on 2 May 1959. Naylor arrived too late to post a qualifying time, and retired on lap 41 of the race with gearbox failure. On 18 July Naylor appeared in the JBW car at the 1959 British Grand Prix at Aintree. Although he managed to qualify ahead of such well known drivers as Tony Brooks, Jack Fairman and Ivor Bueb, again the JBW let Naylor down and the car’s transmission failed on lap 18. One final outing that year resulted in a failure even to qualify, after Naylor suffered an accident during practice for the Gold Cup race at Oulton Park on 26 September.
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