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Speed in all forms - Report: Cholmondeley Pageant of Power

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The interestingly named Pageant was bigger and better than ever this year...

Now into its third year, the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power is beginning to establish itself as an important ‘date’ in the motor sport calendar, bringing together cars and motorcycles from all ages, for a weekend of high-powered action in the grounds of this stately home.

Sound familiar? Possibly, but the Pageant of Power experience doesn’t have the Goodwood crowds, and it’s much easier to get up close to the action. And this year, with the theme being a tribute to the highly-regarded and much-missed Donington supremo Tom Wheatcroft, several cars from his collection took to the high-speed course.

Among those from the Wheatcroft Collection were an ex-Nuvolari 1934 Maserati 8C M, the Thinwall Special and the Vanwall Streamliner. Not to be outdone the National Motor Museum brought its 1903 Gordon Bennett Napier which, rather than being a static display, took to the track. Also causing a stir, thanks to its noise, was the Sinsheim Museum’s appropriately-named Brutus, a newly-built aero-engined special using a 4.7-litre BMW engine.

And with a host of ‘60s-‘80s sports and rally cars blasting through the tree-lined route, the crowds got their money’s worth. Two-wheeled action was provided by a host of competition bikes, the oldest being a 1910 Singer, while a unique 1969 ex-works Triumph GP racer was a definite favorite.

Crowd sizes suggest the Pageant will be back in 2011, although any themes are yet to be decided, as the organizers explained. 'This year’s Pageant has exceeded all expectations - it was thrilling to walk around the park over the weekend seeing thousands of people enjoying the amazing entries,' said event director James Hall. 'Plans are already being made for next year. The event has grown year on year and we are looking forward to raising the bar again in 2011.'

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