Wednesday, 27 May 2009


It costs nearly a million pounds – if you can get on the waiting list – tops 250 mph and has over 1,000 bhp – and it’s coming to the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power!

The Bugatti Veyron is simply one of the greatest supercars of all time and a rare sight even in Monte Carlo or Hollywood.

“We are absolutely delighted that Bugatti are bringing the Veyron to Cholmondeley,” said Event Director James Hall. “This year we are celebrating all things Bugatti as Lord Cholmondeley’s grandfather was a friend and customer of Etorre Bugatti and the cars were once a common sight around here.

“We already have lots of older Bugattis on the entry list but having the Veyron here really will make this a special event for us.”

Bugatti are just one marque among many at the second Pageant of Power to be held at Cholmondeley Castle on July 18th and 19th. Historic and competition cars from the 1920s right up to date will feature on both days.

In addition to the action on the track, the air will be crowded with in excess of 150 helicopters making this the UK’s biggest gathering. There will be a flypast of historic aircraft including both a Spitfire and a Seafire while on the Mere inshore powerboats will compete for the coveted Breitling Trophy.

To complete a great family weekend the Saturday evening will see the annual Cholmondeley Fireworks Concert while military support will include marching bands and the Army’s Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank.

This year tickets are being restricted in the popular “Paddock Enclosure” and only those bought in advance will guarantee access. A new lower tier ticket price of £15 has been introduced for the “Park”, which will make the event one of the best value days out this summer.

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Below: The cars of the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley at the family seat. Left: Chassis 57739 Figoni & Falaschi fastback saloon. Right: Chassis 57698 Atalante Type 57C

Image taken from Bugatti 57 - The Last French Bugatti - 2nd Edition by Barrie Price.

A concise history, from conception & development to the end of production, of the Bugatti Type 57, including the supercharged 57S and the Type 64 & 101. With revised text and many more period illustrations, this new edition becomes the standard reference on the 57 and its close relatives.

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