Basil Tye was born in Sevenoaks in August 1922 and was educated at Neylands House School, Sevenoaks, Judge School, Tonbridge and the Royal Academy of Music, he was an accomplished organist, with a long-playing record to his credit.
Basil raced a Cooper Mk III during the later part of 1949 and through 1950 without troubling the engravers too much. He took seventh at the Brighton Speed Trials in September '49, eighth at Goodwood at Easter, '50 and seventh again at Brighton in September.
Basil served as deputy manager and later deputy director of the RAC Motor Sport Division under Dean Delamont, and carved a reputation for his work in improving circuit safety. He was appointed Managing Director of the newly-reorganised Motor Sports Association Ltd after playing a major role in gaining the financial independence of this organisation from the main RAC.
In 1981, Basil mounted an unsuccessful bid to oust Jean-Marie Balestre to become President of FISA.
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