Stan Coldham

Stan Coldham

Stan Coldham was one of the first customers for the Cooper Mk II and one of the most regular competitors through 1948, '49 and '50. His debut was probably at Stanmer Park, Brighton in June where he finished eighth and last but he took FTD at Bo'ness in on the 26th At Brough in July he took a heat win plus third in the final, to Moss and Dryden and third in the handicap race. Stan was only tenth in the Brighton Speed Trials in September and sixth in the first Goodwood race, then another sixth in the Grand Prix race at Silverstone on 2nd October but back to third again at Dunholme Lodge in October. to complete a good first year.

Shelsley, June 1948

For 1949, second at Brough in April, a win at Goodwood in Easter, beating "Curly" Dryden and Don Parker and at Silverstone in June. After this, he sold the Mk II to Bill Whitehouse and moved to a Mk III to take third at Goodwood in September to Peter Collins and a win in the scratch race at Brough in October beating Stirling Moss. Stan also travelled to Brussels in May for a third and Zandvoort in July for a sixth place, ahead of Peter Collins.

Stan leads Don Parker at Brough, October 1949

At the Goodwood Easter meeting of 1950, he beat the JBS of Alf Bottoms to second, behind Dryden, followed by a second in the Production Car Final at the Brands Hatch Inaugural Event. He took a third at Montlhéry in April '50, second at Aix a month later and second in Oslo in June.

Stan became a member of the Half-Litre Club committee, Chairman for 1951 and 1952 and seems to have given up the cockpit in the process.

Stan checks out the new Brands Hatch circuit before its even been finished! This is Paddock Hill bend, taken anti-clockwise shortly prior to the inaugural meeting on 16th April 1950.