Cholmondeley a success as historic racers take to the track

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A huge range of vintage, classic, sports and competition cars flocked to the sixth Cholmondeley Pageant of Power from 14-16 June.

The opening day’s torrential did not deter such vehicles as Paul Wright’s 1934 Aston Martin Ulster LM16, which helped to celebrate the marque’s centenary, along with host of other models including a DB3S, DB4GT, a pair of DB6s and a V8 Vantage factory devlopment car.

A superb Bentley celebration featured the legendary 1929 ex-‘Tim’ Birkin Blower Team Car (above) and three modern Speed 8 Le Mans cars.

The weather cleared for the final day of the event, allowing the ex-Nigel Mansell 1981 Lotus 87 car to post the fastest classic time of the day (63.39 secs), which was closely followed by a Martini-liveried Jaguar XJ220GTR (64.34 secs) and the Lotus 35 Martin F1 single-seater (66.05).

As with last year’s event, aero-engined machines provided a thrilling spectacle, with the 24-litre Napier-Bentley, the 46.5-litre BMW ‘Brutus’ and the 23-litre Maybach Zeppelin joining a host of others in entertaining the crowds. Chris Williams’ Napier posted the fastest run in the end, with a time of 81.90 secs.

Other special attractions included a bizarre 1956 Messerschmitt Kabinenroller KR200 and a 1941 VW Type 166 Schwimmwagen (below).

More than 40 clubs made it to the event, while a scale model of Thrust SSC – Britain’s latest Land Speed Record challenger – was also on show.

Saturday’s entertainment was topped by a helicopter flypast to accompaniment of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries.

Find out more on the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power website.

Pictures: Matthew Price/event organisers

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