2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power review and gallery


August 5, 2013 By Mike Lee
Last updated on July 26, 2015

2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power review and gallery posted on 19 July 2011

The gates closed on another thrilling Cholmondeley Pageant of Power (www.cpop.co.uk) last Sunday, with the recordcrowds flocking to see a host of all-new attractions alongside the many established event features. The organisers have promised that in 2012 the fifth Pageant will be even bigger and better, and a series of innovative enhancements – on track, on water and in the air – are already being evaluated.

The 2011 Pageant was extended to a third day for the first time this year, with Friday being used by competing drivers and motorcyclists to put in some high-speed practise laps in front of the spectators, as well as for the event’s ‘Magnificent Marques’ sponsors – Bentley, Jaguar and Ford – to invite guests to experience the testing Cholmondeley circuit for themselves. The addition of the Friday also meant even more visitors could get close to the international field of famous cars, racing drivers and motorcyclists in the paddocks.

Another highly-successful new feature for the 2011 Pageant was the purpose-built Rally Stage, which played host to nearly 30 iconic Group B rally cars blasting across the Cholmondeley estate. Also new was the Green-Car-Guide-Live! area, which introduced visitors to a host of environmentally-friendly road and race cars.

The competition for fastest lap time on the 1.2-mile circuit was as hotly contested as ever, even if sporadic showers meant that last year’s outright lap record remained intact. However, the holder of that record, Nikki Faulkner, claimed the Pageant’s fastest lap once again, achieving a blistering best time of 63.54 seconds in his Lamborghini LP570-4 Performante. He was pushed hard by rally ace Mark Higgins in a Subaru Cosworth Impreza STI CS400, which proved unbeatable during the rain-affected track sessions.

The Combat Power display by the British Army and the RAF – a unique event in the UK – gave the tens of thousands of spectators the chance to witness how the armed forces operate in real-life combat situations in Afghanistan. To the accompaniment of numerous ground-shaking explosions, smoke and constant machine-gun fire, troops assaulted an ‘enemy’ position right in front of the spectators. Tanks and helicopters were used to drop the troops in the heart of the action and then extract ‘injured’ casualties. As well as thrilling the crowds, the display helped raise much-needed funds for the Pageant’s designated military charities: Combat Stress, Remount and the Mercian Benevolent Fund (MBF).

Out on the largest of the Cholmondeley estate’s lakes powerboats performed 120mph-plus runs on the venue’s lake, while overhead bi-planes, helicopters and gyrocopters provided further adrenaline-fuelled distractions.

During a balmy Saturday evening a biggest-ever crowd arrived for the Pageant’s Fireworks Concert, which concluded with a Proms-style programme accompanied by a helicopter flypast, and cannon salute courtesy of the local Mercian regiment.

In total there were more than 1,200 cars on static display, and 175 racing cars and bikes took to the Cholmondeley circuit. It is anticipated that, in spite of the wet weather during Sunday, attendance figures comfortably exceeded the record 50,000 total from 2010.

“Despite the occasional intervention of the notoriously unreliable British summer weather, the 2011 Pageant lived up to all our expectations,” commented James Hall, event director at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power. “We added a day, introduced some new features and brought in more famous cars, motorcycles, boats, aeroplanes and helicopters to intensify the action. The feedback has been fantastic and thanks to our sponsors, supporters and a dedicated Pageant team we’ve been able to build on the event’s nationwide reputation as an unbeatable day out. We’re already working on the 2012 Pageant, and hope to deliver a range of new attractions to thrill the crowds.”

2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power gallery

2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power AC  Cobra 289 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power AC Monoposto
2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power AC Works le Mans Coupe 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Allard Farrallac Sports Racer
2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Allard J2 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Ariel Atom V8
2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Aston Martin DB3 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Audi 80
2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Audi Quattro 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Audi Quattro
2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Austin Healey 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Austin Healey 100s
2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Austin Mini Cooper S 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power BAC Mono
2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Bentley 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Bentley Continental GT
2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Bentley Continental GT 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Bentley driver Derek Bell
2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Bentley driver Juha Kankkunen 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Bentley ISR
2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Bentley Speed 8 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Brutus BMW Aero 47 Ltr
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2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power F1 Camel Team Lotus Lamborghini 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Ferrari 205 GT SWB
2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Ford Escort RS1800 Rothmans Rally Car 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Ford Focus RS500
2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Ford RS200 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Jaguar Mk2
2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Jaguar XKR-S 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Lamborghini LP570-4 Spyder Performante
2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Lancia Delta Interale WRC Martini 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Lancia Fulvia Rally Coupe
2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Lancia Stratos 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Lexus LFA
2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Lotus 30 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Lotus Cortina
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2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Nissan GT-R 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Nissan Leaf EV-RC
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2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Pilbeam MP-40 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Porsche 911
2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Subaru Cosworth Impreza CS400 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Tyrell 002 Jackie Stewart
2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Vauxhall Chevette 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power WSM Sprite