Bike action at this year’s Cholmondeley Power and Speed will include history-filled racers and unique machines.
British engineer Allen Millyard will be taking to the Cholmondeley Castle track on two of his unique and powerful hand-built motorcycles. The one-off Viper V10 is built around a Viper 8-litre V10 engine, with the forks, tank, exhausts, sub frames, handlebars, mudguards swimming arm and wheel hubs, all hand built. The result is a bike with 500bhp and around 525lb of torque, capable of 207mph.
The second bike Allen will be bringing is the award-winning Flying Millyard. Named after the Flying Merkels, the bike is powered by a gigantic, 5.0-litre V-twin engine designed for an aeroplane. The retro-styled custom bike may not be as powerful as the Viper V10 - with 80bhp and a top speed 100mph – but it is a true sight to behold on track.
Also set to compete over the weekend is a 1959 Vincent Viscount. This bike broke the AMA Land Speed Record in the 1000 MPS – VG Class, with a speed of 131.684 mph. A new record was also set in the 1000 – MPS – CG Class of 124.862. With further modifications since then, it will be thrilling to see what it can achieve on the Cholmondeley track.
A 1981 Yamaha TZ350H appearing at the event has a rich racing history. Ridden by former GP star Donnie McLeod from 1982-1984, the duo won the Bill Ivy Trophy in only their second race as a pairing. In total, over 18 months, Donnie and the TZ350H achieved 18 wins and 22 podiums and won the Sponsors Association Series.
Bringing sidecar action to the track will be a 1956 Norton Dominator 99. This particular example of the model, which was originally developed as a competitor to the Triumph Speed Twin, was turned into a sidecar outfit in 1964. Since then it has been raced on grass tracks in the 60s, in the Thundersprint in the 00s and most recently in events such as Cholmondeley.
Further bike action will be provided by Supermoto UK, who will be bringing 10 of the sport’s top riders to the event in June to show off their skills and entertain crowds of all ages.
Event director James Hall said: “The bike action, from superbikes and classic racers, to sidecar outfits and Supermoto UK riders, always proves a popular element on track. These bikes offer just a glimpse of the wide variety and rich heritage set to be represented at Cholmondeley this year and we’re excited to reveal further models competing over the coming weeks.”
Cholmondeley Power and Speed is this year celebrating Supercars: Past, Present and Future which will include stunning displays and thrilling on-track action. The activity will give attendees the chance to get up close and personal to some of the most powerful, eye-catching and revered supercars in the world.
The 2016 staging of the event will also feature the inaugural Motorshow Live! Taking place on the Friday, this all-new element of Cholmondeley Power and Speed will give car manufacturers the opportunity to demonstrate their latest models on track while enabling guests to test drive in a unique racing environment. Already committed are Lexus, Blue Bell BMW and Holdcroft Honda , with Oakmere Motor Group also set to showcase their latest models from Lotus, Morgan and Caterham.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, Cholmondeley will be hosting a beer and food festival for the first time, with stand-up comedy set to entertain attendees on Saturday night.
Entry to the evening activity is included with day tickets, however visitors who wish to attend just for the food, beer and comedy festival can purchase tickets for £15 for adults and £10 for children, allowing access to the site from 6pm on Saturday, June 11.