High-speed thrills at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power

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The Cholmondeley Pageant of Power showcases the best of historic and contemporary vehicular power, whether on land, on the water or in the air(Credit: Stu Robarts/Gizmag.com, Jamie Furlong)

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This weekend saw the eighth Cholmondeley Pageant of Power (CPOP) in Cheshire, UK. The show is set in the grounds of Cholmondeley Castle. The only things more spectacular than the setting were the cars, bikes, watercraft and aircraft on display. Gizmag went for a look.

CPOP, which we previously covered in 2012, ran across three days, with the program varying slightly day-to-day. A 1.2-mi (1.9-km) track played host to competition and regularity runs, of which each competitor made multiple attempts over the weekend. The fastest lap of the weekend went to a Force PC, driven by Gary Thomas, with a time of 58.34 seconds. Of the regularity runners, the most consistent car was a Chevron B48, driven by Damon Milnes, with Tony Haywood on the Norton Rotary claiming the award for the most consistent motorcycle.

Elsewhere, there are was a separate course for scrambler racing, events held on the lake (including the third round of the British Jet Ski Championship), aerial displays and hundreds of cars on show.

Amongst the categories competing on the track this year were classic pre-war cars, Lotus cars, rally cars, pre-'66 sports racing and touring cars, post-'66 sports racing and touring cars, supercars and trackday cars, and historic F1 and single-seater cars. There were also categories for motorbikes, supermoto, side-cars and three-wheelers and drag stars.

As can be seen in the following video, there was additionally an aerial component to the show.

Each day also saw a different concours display category competed. On Friday, the Lotus Cars Concours saw a Lotus Carlton, owned by Phillip Burton, win the "Best Presented" award, with the "Best of Show" award going to a Lotus Elan BRM, owned by Martin Canning.

Saturday's American Muscle Car Concours saw a 1967 Ford Mustang owned by Paul McNair win "Best Presented," with the "Best of Show" accolade awarded to a 1958 Chrysler 300D owned by David Barlow.

On Sunday, it was the turn of the Eighties Supercars Concours. A 1988 Aston Martin V8 Vantage owned by Ron Pierson won the "Best Presented" award and "Best of Show" went to a 1988 Ferrari Testarossa owned by Keith Ashworth.

Amongst the other vehicles at CPOP were a Napier Bentley and a Hardy Special, both from 1929. The supercars on show included a Ferrari Testarossa, a Lamborghini Countach LP500S, a Porsche 911 (930) Turbo, and an Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

Over the course of the weekend, visitors were also treated to displays from the world's only remaining Vulcan Bomber and an RAF Eurofighter Typhoon display. Twelve-time world champion trials biker Dougie Lampkin MBE performed both the track and on a floating assault course.

Take a look at our photo gallery to see some of vehicles that were at CPOP.

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