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Pageant of Power 2008 - 2012.

Pageant of Power
The Pageant of Power, first held in 2008 at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire, is going from strength to strength and is turning out to be a popular event in the car enthusiasts' calendar. Building upon the success of the inaugural Pageant in 2008 (archive photos further down this page), subsequent events seem to be cementing the Pageant of Power's place in the historic motorsport calendar. Ever since the first PoP, there've been a variety of high-octane attractions differentiating this speed event from similar gatherings, courtesy of both airborne action, and high-speed activities on the Cholmondeley lake. However the core event is the timed competition, staged on the circuit laid out within the Castle's grounds. More information on the Pageant can be found on the Pageant of Power site.
This page features photographs from all the Pageants of Power that I've attended, ie those in 2012, 2010, 2009, and 2008.

2012 Pageant of Power June 15th & 17th.

90 photographs taken at the 2012 Pageant of Power.

2010 Pageant of Power July 17th & 18th.

100 photographs taken at the 2010 Pageant of Power.
Jaguar Mk1 Alfa Romeo P3 Auto Union Aston Martin Maserati Bentley

2009 Pageant of Power July 18th & 19th.

145 photographs taken at the 2009 Pageant of Power.
Type 35 Bugatti Lancia Ferrari D50 Mini Cooper Scott Flying Squirrel Napier Bentley Benetton

The Pageant of Power course.

The course utilises various sections of existing road running through the Cholmondeley estate. The Start line is adjacent to the main paddock area. As the cars leave the line, the first challenge to master is the narrow bailey bridge that runs at an angle to the approach run. With the bridge cleared, a foot-to-the-floor gentle curve (Chestnut Avenue) enables the cars to reach an impressive speed, before braking hard on the approach to the double left-hander down at Lodge. There then follows a blast down the Polo Straight, interrupted by a chicane. A further short blast, then the drivers arrive at the Chapel section, a tricky combination of tight bends, with gradient changes thrown in to add some colour. The track then drops down slightly on the approach to the sharp left at Castle, before allowing the drivers to open the throttle once more for the final blast to the line, sending the quicker cars airborne over the ancient Stone Bridge, before the final straight to the Finish line at Somerset Lodge.
The course at the Pageant of Power
For more information on the Pageant of Power, please visit the organiser's website. The latest Press Releases can also be viewed here.

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A look back at the inaugural Pageant of Power in 2008.

Pageant of Power
The 24th April 2008 saw the launch day for this brand new speed event in Cheshire, the main event being held on August 9th & 10th, in the grounds of the stately Cholmondeley Castle. In addition to an array of classic motorcars competing against the clock on a newly-created course, there was also action courtesy of motorcycles old and new, powerboats including the F1 Hellcat, and even helicopters taking to the sky throughout the day.
70 photographs from the Friday setup day at Cholmondeley, prior to the 2008 Pageant weekend.
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70 photographs from day 1 at the first ever Pageant of Power.
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Shown below are some of the photographs I took on the preview day earlier in the year, click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version. Three of the cars, in which I was fortunate enough to get a ride in, I've featured on their own (the Mercedes, the Ferrari and the Bentley) and the remaining exhibits are featured further down this page. For more information on this event, click here to visit the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power website.

1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing.

This example of the SL, built in 1955, spent its earliest years in the London area. Owner number 2 competed in this Mercedes in numerous events, at venues such as Goodwood and Silverstone, and also at the circuit not too far from Cholmondeley, namely Oulton Park, in the British Empire Trophy. In 1959 it headed off to a new owner in Scarborough, until 1980 when it changed ownership once again. The 300SL's current owner bought the car in 1986 and has used it on a number of classic car tours, both in the UK and across Europe.
300SL Mercedes 1955 300 SL Mercedes Benz 1955 SL Mercedes 300SL
300 SL Mercedes Benz 1955 SL Mercedes    

1930 Bentley Speed Six.

This and another matching model were the final two Speed Six Bentleys produced, both destined to become part of the works Racing Team. Unlike the road cars, the cars destined for competition were built to take on the competition at Le Mans, in the 24 hour race, and at Brooklands, in the Double Twelve. In May 1930 this car competed in the Double Twelve, driven by Sammy Davies and Clive Dunfee, finishing in second position. This Speed Six was destined to also finish the 1930s Le Mans in the same position, but for an unfortunate encounter with a sand bank, forcing the car to withdraw from the race.
1930 Bentley Speed Six ex-Le Mans Bentley Bentley Le Mans Bentley Bentley
1930 Bentley Speed Six ex-Le Mans Bentley Bentley    

1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB.

This V12 Ferrari, registration 893 UXL, was the 18th of 165 short wheelbase Berlinettas built by the Italian company. Used in competition throughout its life, it made its debut at the German Grand Prix, in a supporting event to the main race of the day, where it finished third. Other races in future years in which this Ferrari competed included the Freiburg-Schauinsland Hillclimb, and the 1000km at the Nurburgring. Nowadays it is used on events designed with historic competition cars such as this 250 swb in mind.
V12 Ferrari Ferrari Borrani wheel 1960 Ferrari 250GT swb V-12 Ferrari
V12 Ferrari Ferrari Borrani wheel 1960 Ferrari 250GT swb  

More exhibits at Cholmondeley Castle in 2008.

All the cars on display in 2008 were jolly mouthwatering, and the photographs below go some way in demonstrating the variety of historic machinery that had been pulled together for this launch day. Cars featured included a very nice Austin Healey 100S (1955), the oldest surviving E-Type Jaguar (1961), Cooper Jaguar sportscar (1955), a wonderful Lagonda V12 (1938), a bright red Maserati T61 'Birdcage' (1959), a Rolls-Royce Phantom I (1928), Ford Mustang, Alfa Romeo 1750 Super Sport (1929), plus a number of other superb exhibits, and for those of a nautical bent, a Chris Craft looking resplendant in the Cheshire sun. Press releases from the first, 2008 event, are archived here.
Visit the main Pageant of Power website to find out the latest news on the next Pageant of Power at Cholmondeley Castle. Some in-car video footage of the PoP course can be seen on the motoring videos page.
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