ITS fire-breathing exhausts and smoking tyres were showcased on Top Gear recently, so petrolheads attending this year’s Pageant of Power will be thrilled to learn that the BMW Brutus is to feature at the 2012 event in Cheshire.

The aero-engined car will make a star studded appearance at the three-day celebration of power and speed, held at Cholmondeley Castle from June 15-17.

The Pageant will also play host to a weird and wonderful collection of early 20th-century cars powered by aeroplane engines, with the Brutus taking centre stage on the track and in the paddock.

Usually on display at the Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim, Germany, the 46-litre automotive marvel will be making a special trip to the UK for the event.

It was created after Germany was forbidden from creating military aircraft after the First World War.

With large numbers of aeroplane engines spare, Brutus was created as an experimental project.

Other aero-engined cars at the event include a 23-litre Maybach Zeppelin, the 24-litre Napier-Bentley and the fearsome 42-litre Packard-Bentley.

James Hall, event director for the Pageant of Power, said: “Aero-engined cars are a rare breed, but these are some of the most fascinating and exhilarating machines people are likely to ever encounter.

“We can’t wait to see what the crowds make of these unique cars, as there is simply nothing else on the road that can match them for sheer drama.”

Pageant of Power tickets are £26 for Saturday and Sunday with Friday tickets available for £20. Various discounts are available and there are special tickets which allow access to both the pageant and the fireworks concert on the Saturday night. Visit