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RACING FOR
THREE GENERATIONS
ALAN COTTAM

Oliver's grandfather, Alan, aged 83, is one of the last remaining people who competed in the original Chateau Impney sprint

A legendary star of the

hillclimbing scene between 1955 and 1983, Alan scooped nine consecutive fastest times of the day at Prescott Hill Climb and several more at Shelsley Walsh.

Outside of racing, Alan was an engineer at Boulton & Paul at Wolverhampton.

EDWARD COTTAM

Oliver's dad, Edward, has driven some rare pre-war Grand Prix cars and raced in the Silverstone Classic.

Edward said: “It’s very rare to find three generations still active in motorsport. Dad started racing in the early 1950s. I started racing when I was 18 in hill climbing, then went onto the track racing Cooper Bristols for customers.”

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

Completing three generations of the family with a need for speed, Oliver has also been bitten by the racing bug and started out in karting, before getting his racing licence at just age 13.

From an early age his parents have encouraged him to participate and enjoy sport and like all things Oliver does, he embraces the challenge and works hard to achieve a result.

This year Oliver is racing in the TCR UK Touring Car Championship, as well as studying on the prestigious Motorsport UK Academy DiSE course at Loughborough.

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Prescott Hillclimb on BBC Midlands Today

Prescott Hillclimb on BBC Midlands Today