The renamed Cholmondeley Power & Speed event returns this June with a new focus on supercars
12 February 2016

The Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, held annually on the picturesque Cholmondeley Castle estate near Chester, has been renamed Cholmondeley Power & Speed for 2016 and has been launched with a raft of new features.

The event, now in its ninth year, moves away from what had become its usual clash with Le Mans to now run on 10-12 June.

For 2016, the event's central theme will be 'Supercars, Past Present and Future' and there will be a new road test element on the event’s opening day - Friday 10 June - which is dubbed Motorshow Live, during which car makers and dealers will offer prospective customers a chance to drive new cars on the track, which is regarded by those who know it as one of the best of its kind in Europe.

Cholmondeley drew record crowds last year, says event director James Hall, and has considerable potential for further expansion. “We have a racetrack that rewards power and speed and felt it was time for these key factors to be better represented in the event name.

“We’ve teamed our new name with a revised format that allows us to offer manufacturers a hands-on experience for their guests, who will see first-hand what makes our track special,” says Hall.

Unlike other weekend motorsport festivals, Cholmondeley combines its motorsport action with speedboat action on an adjacent lake, army manoeuvres in an adjacent field and a series of air displays.

See more pictures from 2015's Pageant of Power

Our Verdict

Ferrari FF
The FF is the first production car from Maranello to feature four-wheel drive

The magnificent four-seat, four-wheel drive Ferrari is a hypercar carrier of four unrivaled in ethos or execution

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Car review
    21 October 2016
    Can Seat’s first SUV impress, even with the heavy burden of expectation?
  • Car review
    21 October 2016
    The last hurrah for the current Aston Martin Vantage adds the track-ready GT8 to the range
  • Audi S5 Sportback
    First Drive
    20 October 2016
    New S5 Sportback is more spacious, better to drive and offers a calmer ride than before, but rivals offer greater involvement
  • Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy
    First Drive
    19 October 2016
    Mildly revised hot hatch is enjoyable on UK roads but continues to play second fiddle to the Ford Fiesta ST
  • 2016 Smart fortwo Brabus cabrio xclusive
    First Drive
    18 October 2016
    Mechanical upgrades make the Smart Fortwo Brabus cabrio better to drive, but it’s too pricey to recommend