Family History


Alan aged 83 is one of the last remaining people who competed in the original Chateau Impney sprint, although it is not the same course now.

Outside of racing, Alan was an engineer at Boulton & Paul at Wolverhampton. Edward said: “It’s very rare to find three generations still active in motorsport. Dad has been racing since the early 1950s, to the present day. I started racing when I was 18 on hill climbing, then went on to the track when I was 20 to 21 racing Cooper Bristols for customers.”

Edward Cottam

Edward has driven some rare pre-war Grand Prix cars and this year will be in action in the Silverstone Classic.

In another motoring connection, Edward’s mother Barbara is from the AJS family, her father and brother being Arthur and Ronald Stevens of AJS, a famous motorcycle firm.

oliver cottam

Grandson Oliver, aged 14, a Telford schoolboy who completes three generations of one Shropshire family with a need for speed.