Cholmondley and a pageant

I went to the Pageant of Power at Cholmondley Castle, near Malpas, this morning. For some reason, I’m reminded of a biscuit factory and private railway in Trumptonshire, but maybe that’s just me.

Having been to Goodwood Revival a few years ago, this “motor sport” meeting was a bit of a pale imitation, but it’s probably a bit unfair to compare the two. However, it is clear where the organisers have taken their inspiration from. This year is the 100th anniversary of Maserati, so they were having a bit of an Italian thing going on.

It’s one of those weekends where they have fast and expensive cars on a road driving through the estate as fast as they can go. They have events on the mere and in the air too, so there’s usually something going on. However, it did feel a bit “flat” to me. They basically run the same motoring event three times during the day, with the cars doing time trials.

Still, there were some photos to be had, which was the purpose of my visit. It was good to wander around for a few hours, especially before the crowds turned up and I was ready to leave at lunchtime. Worth the £35 entry fee? Probably not.

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