Anybody with a keen interest in cars and bikes will know all about Goodwood and the events they have, such as the Festival of Speed, but head up North and The Cholmondeley Pageant of Power roars into life.
In its fifth year and in partnership with exclusive marque, Bentley, it has an exhilarating mix of all things motorised, from cars, bikes, to powerboats and helicopters, all set in the romantic settings of the 19th century Cholmondeley Castle.
Despite mixed weather conditions over the three days, this didn’t put off the crowds descending to the Cheshire estate.
Centred around the hillclimb, the various categories of cars and bikes took to the 1.2 mile course with veritable aplomb, showcasing the speeds of their machines. From F1 cars to three-wheelers, there was something for everyone.
Machines from a bygone era were there to take part and no-one could miss the sight of the 46.5- litre V12 Brutus BMW Aero dating back to 1917 roar up the tree lined course.
Bike offerings from brands such as Norton, Honda and Suzuki also added to the action and TT rider and 17 time winner, John McGuinness took to the circuit on his CBR 1000 RR Fireblade.
A few cars from the James Bond films were also being exhibited as part of the ‘Bond in Motion’. The outlandish green, .50-calibre autocannoned Aston Martin V12 Vanquish was leaving visitors, shaken but not stirred.
With a few manufacturers at the event, such as Bentley, Jaguar, Ford, BMW had their jaw-dropping M3 Coupe Chrome Bullet on display and with its reflective appearance definitely stood out on an overcast day.
Away from the track and aviation fans were more than catered for. Team Abarth, with British Aerobatic Champion, Mark Jefferies at the helm, showed utter precision performing a highly visual, jaw-dropping, aerobatic routine.
Helicopter rides over the estate were available but nothing was more visually impressive than seeing the fleet of defence helicopters, with the castle as a backdrop, whilst the hillclimb competitors were flying across the finish line next to them.
The Nissan Playstation GT Academy offered gamers the chance to become a professional racing driver. Winner in 2011 was British youngster, Jann Mardenborough and he could be found giving tips to potential wannabes whilst also driving the Nissan GT-R up the hillclimb.
The British Army were out in force with an array of artillery on display and aimed as a family day out, kids and adults alike jumped in for tank rides. All ages were well catered for with plenty to keep youngsters occupied, driving miniature tanks, kids interactive cooking sessions and go-karts were just some of the activities on offer.
Those visitors who were more ‘aqua’ than ‘auto’ headed for the lake in the immense grounds where there were plenty of boating displays. Add a freestyle motocross show, classic scrambler racing and Dakar Rallying and you were sure of an action packed day out!
To end a day of speed and nostalgia visitors turned up with their picnic baskets and rugs to settle down to an evening of music, fireworks and a Military Tattoo.
Understated and charming, The Chomondeley Pageant of Power will no doubt continue to have a place in the motoring calendar for years to come.
By Olivia Gauch
Thu, 05 Jul 2012