John was born in Surrey, England and his passion for cars began at a very early age with his family’s collection of Jaguars. Everyday saloon models were retained and a variety of XKs were added to the collection. His mother drove an XK140FHC for the daily journey to school and John learned to drive on a Jaguar 3.4 Mark Two.
Speed and competition held a fascination for John, and a course at Motor Racing Stables at Brands Hatch whetted his appetite, but academic studies were to be the main focus during his teenage years.
Following completion of his formal education in England, John joined US-based transportation group Ryder Systems in London. Seeing an opportunity for further advancement, he transfered to Western Canada with the company, where he gained valuable management experience in an highly-competitive and challenging corporate environment. John then accepted a position with NatWest Bank in their international corporate banking division and worked in their corporate offices in Toronto, New York and Vancouver.
Whilst in Canada, John was inspired watching the annual Formula Atlantic races at the local Westwood race circuit near Vancouver. After discussing the merits of various racing schools with teams and drivers including Keke Rosberg, John decided to return to the UK to further his motor sport ambitions. Following an intensive two-week international course at the Jim Russell Racing Drivers’ School at Snetterton, John was selected for the School’s Racing Team and he competed successfully in a series of National Formula Ford Championships with team mate Andy Wallace.
Major sponsorship was critical to advance to the next level of formula racing, and without the required budget, John decided to accept a management position with American Express in North America.
After a number of years in the corporate world, John returned to the UK to oversee the re-structuring of the family timber business. Cars were still a passion and the family’s collection of Jaguars now required re-commissioning following years in storage. John was introduced to and became involved with Lynx as a client. Following the company’s decline into Receivership, John saw an opportunity and acquired Lynx in 1992.
Under John’s management, Lynx was re-established as a world-class specialist sports car and engineering company. During the next decade the company and the Lynx brand were developed with new business practices and disciplines introduced. Lynx continued its tradition of hand-built sports cars, whilst also developing a worldwide reputation for superb one-off engineering projects, award-winning concours restorations and success in international historic motorsport.
John’s experience and success in formula racing enabled him to showcase clients’ cars at major historic race meetings. His experience and expert knowledge in car restoration and preservation allowed him to be invited to become a permanent Lead Judge at International Concours including the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and Salon Prive.
In 2009, John accepted an offer for the sale of Lynx. This enabled him to concentrate more fully on providing a personal service to clients wishing to benefit directly from John’s knowledge, contacts and project management skills.
Through Mayston Taylor & Company, John is able to offer a range of specialist services within the historic car world.
John has also a passion for motorcycles and enjoys riding Triumph, Ducati and MV Agusta models.