The Cholmondeley Pageant of Power opens its doors to a priceless collection of classics, sports, supercars and race cars this weekend
15 June 2012

Cars as diverse as the Aston Martin One-77 and the 47-litre BMW Brutus will be lining up to take on the hillclimb at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, which starts today and runs throughout the weekend.

Autocar road test editor Matt Prior will attempt to smash the lap record in an Ariel Atom V8. The record for the 1.2 mile course currently stands at 62.68sec and was set in a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera in 2010.

The Autocar Supercar Paddock will be a star attraction at the show. Curated by Autocar editor-in-chief, Steve Cropley, the paddock will feature more than 20 of the world’s finest, fastest and most exotic supercars.

Cholmondely will also be celebrating 50 years of the Cobra. A display, Cobras at the Castle, will see the largest gathering of the Anglo-American icon in the UK this year. There will also be a special race category, the AC Cobra 50th Anniversary Class, in which the most famous Cobras, including one of only three lightweight cars ever built, will compete.

Other attractions include the Moto Guzzi V8, which held the record for fastest grand prix motorcycle for 20 years, reigning Isle of Man TT champion John McGuinness riding a Honda CBR1000RR superbike and a host of aerial displays.

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Confirmed car entries:

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Caterham Superlight SP/300.R

Ferrari 458 Italia

BAC Mono

Mclaren MP4-12C

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Aston Martin One-77

Ariel Atom 500 V8

Bentley Continental GT V8

Bentley Continental Convertible Supersports Ice Car

Nissan GT-R

Noble M600

Radical SR3 SL

Lamborghini Aventador

Porsche 911 Carrera S


Jaguar XKR-S

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Audi R8

Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Vauxhall Maloo

Lexus LFA


Class 1: Pre War Cars

1907 Maybach- Zeppelin 23 Ltr 'Special Rennwageu'

1917 Brutus BMW Aero 47 Ltr

1926 Vauxhall OE-Type 30/98 Velox Tourer

1929 Napier Bentley 24 Ltr

1930 Packard Bentley 42 Ltr

1930 Austin Blackburn 1100

1930 Hispano Delage 27 Ltr

1932 Alfa Romeo 8C Monza 

1933 Frazer Nash TT Replica 

1937 Frazer Nash BMW 328 


Class 2: AC Cobra 50th Anniversary Class 

AC Shelby Cobra 289 

AC Shelby Cobra 

AC Cobra 

AC Cobra 289 MK11

AC Cobra (Le Mans)

AC Cobra 289

AC Cobra


Class 3: Sports Cars & Sports Racing Cars Pre 1965

Jaguar SS 100

Jaguar C Type

Jaguar D-Type Short Nose

Jaguar XK 140

Lister Jaguar

Lotus Elite

Aston Martin DB4 GT

Austin Healey Speedwell Sprite

Elva Mark 7

Lotus Elan


Lotus 30


Class 4: Sports Cars and Sports Racing Cars Post 1964

Lotus Elan Shapecraft

Ford GT40

Jaguar XJ220 Martini

Jaguar XJR15

Porsche Carrera GT

Bentley Speed 8

Morgan Aero 8 GT


Class 5: Post War Grand prix Cars

W 196 Streamliner Recreation 001


P578 BRM Stackpipe

Lotus 18 F1 2 1/2

BRM 261 F1

BRM 126

Williams FW06 F1

F1 Lotus Type 102 Chassis 4

BRM 153


Class 6: Rally & Touring Cars 

Jaguar MK1 Saloon

Lotus Cortina

Mini Cooper S 

Lotus Elan Historic Rally

Daf 55 Super Saloon

Lancia Stratos

Ford Escort RS1800

Audi Quattro S1

Audi Pikes Peak Quattro S1


Lancia Delta InteStugrale Evolution

Ford Sierra Sapphire

Toyota Supra

Ford Transit Super Sport Van


Class 7: Single Seaters 

AC Monopost

Cooper T43 Chevrolet

Hepworth-Ferguson 4WD

Brabham BT30

Lola T142

Lotus 69 F3

Pilbeam MP40

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15 June 2012

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