Jan 21 2009 by Michael Green, Chester Chronicle
LORD Cholmondeley has announced that the second Cholmondeley Pageant of Power will take place on July 18-19 this summer.
The event will keep to the formula that proved so popular with the crowds last year. Already, many iconic racing cars, bikes, powerboats and helicopters have been booked to roar around the parkland this July.
Event director James Hall said that organisers were thrilled with the feedback from the first event.
“The action was so spectacular, at times it was difficult to know where to look. This year, Bugatti is the chosen theme, owing to the historic connections with the marque and the Cholmondeley family.
“The Fifth Marquess and Marchioness were friends with Ettore Bugatti between the wars and shared a love of horses as well - the familiar Bugatti radiator is a horseshoe after all.
“One of the Marquess’ favourite Bugattis was thought to have been wrecked in America over fifty years ago, but it has resurfaced in the Netherlands and is now being restored, we hope in time to take centre stage at the Pageant.”
Founder sponsors Bentley Motors will have an enlarged display area for their historic and modern cars, including their 2003 Le Mans winning Speed 8, which Derek Bell will pilot around the new Cholmondeley circuit.
The inshore powerboats are going to make the event their Cholmondeley Championships, once again drawing world champions to compete for the Breitling Trophy.
In the air, as well as a host of military and civilian helicopters, Breitling propose to bring their spectacular Jet Team, based in France, for a close formation display.
The event is being combined with the annual Cholmondeley fireworks concert, making this one of the North West’s most spectacular family outings.
As it will have a military theme with marching bands and plenty of military hardware, from helicopters to tanks, the chosen charity for the weekend festival is the Army Benevolent Fund.
This year tickets are being restricted in the popular Paddock Enclosure and only those bought in advance will guarantee access.
Discounts are available for early booking, details of which can be found on the event’s website www.pageantofpower.com.
A new lower tier ticket price has been introduced for the park,at the early discounted rate of £13.50 (free for children).