Fire-spitting aero-engined specials to power up pageant

| 14 Jul 2011

A combined 113-litres of aero-engined power from a trio of leviathan vintage specials is set to rock this year’s Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, which kicks off tomorrow 15 July in Cheshire.Brutus – as the Sinsheim Museum’s 47-litre BMW-engined monster is known – makes a welcome return to this event along with well-known VSCC member Chris William’s 'Mavis' - his mighty 42-litre Packard-engined Bentley (below) and his 24-litre Napier-Lion Bentley
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The aero-engined specials are just two highlights among Cholmondeley’s awesome celebration of power in the three-day ‘Festival of Speed of the North’, which uniquely boasts thrilling displays on land and sea as well as in the air.Racing icons as diverse as F1 Champ Jackie Stewart’s 1971 Tyrrell and the ex-Stirling Moss four-wheel drive Ferguson P99 (below) will be leading the action on the 1.2-mile track in the grounds of Cholmondeley Castle.

They’ll star along with the Donington Collection’s 1938 2-litre, V12-engined  Auto Union and Le Mans and sports racing legends such as the 1959 Le Mans-winning Aston Martin DB3 S/1 and C&SC’s Editor-at-Large, Simon Taylor’s HWM Stovebolt special.Event sponsor Bentley Motors will add to the mix by demonstrating its 205.48mph, ice speed record breaking Continental Supersports Convertible. It will be driven by four-time world champion rally driver, Juha Kankkunen.Also thrilling the crowds will be the marque’s 2003 Le Mans winning Speed 8 while this year’s supercar line-up includes a Noble M600, Aston Martin Rapide and McLaren’s new MC4-12C.There’ll be plenty to impress two-wheel fans, too, with a 1958 Norton Manx, AJS H6 Big Port and a BSA Gold Star DBD 34 some of the motorcycle attractions.Other crowd-pullers are likely to include the daring Breitling Wingwalkers air display and the sight of F2 Catamaran’s ripping through the water while the action on Saturday 16 July will close with a concert led by the Manchester Camerata Orchestra with flypasts by the Royal Airforce and a fireworks extravaganza.Call 01829 772432 or see: to book.