Tuesday October 10, 2006
Us Weekly has learned exclusively that supermodel Niki Taylor, 31, is engaged to Burney Lamar, 26, a NASCAR Busch Series Driver. Lamar got down on one knee at Taylor’s parents’ house in Florida, on September 15 and asked for her hand. They plan to wed early next year. Taylor's manager Lou Taylor confirms the engagement to Us.
The couple met at a charity event in January 2006. Niki tells Us: "I looked at Burney and said to myself, 'This is the guy I'm going to marry.'" The ring is a custom-made 2-carat oval diamond in an antique setting, designed by Jerry Lindsey of Brentwood, Tennessee.
Taylor suffered a near-fatal car accident in 2001. After enduring over 41 surgeries, she has fully recovered and now owns a Nashville-area boutique called Abbie + Jesse's. She has twin boys, Jake and Hunter, age 11, with her ex-husband of two years, Matt Martinez, whom she divorced in 1996. Taylor also dated country music star Keith Urban on and off in 2002 and 2003.
Lamar, who hails from Sacramento, California, began racing go-carts at the age of 5, and is considered to be one of NASCAR's most promising young drivers. This will be his first marriage.