GALLERY: 40,000 fans flock to Shropshire top car display

A major event that saw more than 40,000 visitors enjoy a range of vehicles showcasing power and speed has been hailed a success.

GALLERY: 40,000 fans flock to Shropshire top car display

Ric Wood at Cholmondeley Power and Speed with his BMW M3 GTR

The three-day Cholmondeley Power and Speed (CPAS), which was held near Whitchurch, featured an action-packed programme of content on land, air and water.

The event began on Friday and included the first running of Motorshow Live – Cholmondeley’s ride and drive event – and a supercar celebration headlined by the Ferrari FXX.

It also featured a beer, food and comedy festival, aerial acrobatics thanks to the G-EWIZ Muscle Biplane, superbikes, Group B rally cars and pre-War behemoths.

Running for the whole of Friday morning, Motorshow Live saw the Cholmondeley track handed over to manufacturers and dealers, allowing them to offer test drives to guests and VIPs in their latest models.

With one of this year’s major themes being supercars, Saturday saw the arrival at Cholmondeley of the Ferrari FXX.

The FXX is incredibly rare with only 30 made, all of which were meant to be track-only cars. 

The only road-legal version appeared at the festival and organisers say it thrilled crowds with its ear-splitting V12 howling around the course.

James Hall, event director said: “Despite it being a damp weekend, it’s been a fantastic occasion, with some incredible content and a number of firsts for the event. 

“We’ve been delighted with the success of our inaugural Motorshow Live, while the beer, food and comedy festival was a wonderful added element.

“We’d like to thank everyone involved in making this year’s event such a success and look forward to welcoming competitors, visitors and exhibitors alike back to Cholmondeley Power and Speed in 2017.”

On Saturday evening the event hosted its first ever comedy festival. 

Stand-up comic Adam Rushton compered the event, which was opened by Duncan Oakley, a regular on the festival circuit including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The night’s headline act was Ray Peacock who has appeared on Skins, Doctor Who, Not Going Out and Russell Howard’s Good News.

Hook Norton Brewery hosted a beer festival with a selection of over 20 craft beers and ciders from local micro-breweries.

Catherine Hurst, head of marketing at Brown Shipley, which sponsored the event, added: “It’s our second year at Cholmondeley and it’s been even better this year than last year.

“We’ve had a fantastic time with our co-sponsors, Lexus and Zenith, who have just been amazing.”

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