CPOP Celebrates American Muscle and Throwback Supercars

by Tony West
Mustang Boss 302
Mustang Boss 302

June 12-13, Two iconic groups of cars will be honored at this year’s Cholmondeley Pageant of Power (CPOP) at Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, Cheshire, American Muscle cars and Eighties supercars. In addition to the attention-grabbing concours events, both groups will also be represented on the track throughout the weekend.

James Hall, event director at CPOP, said: “There are so many amazing groups within automotive history, but these two really bring something exciting. We hope the power of the muscle cars and the nostalgia of the Eighties supercars that so many of us lusted after, will be of wide appeal to this year’s visitors. We are very grateful to Cheshire Classic Cars for their help putting the Concours together.”

On Saturday June 13th, this year’s power theme will be revving up with a dedicated concours of high-performance US muscle cars. One of the iconic motors featured will be a very special 1969 Ford Mustang, in the shape of a Bud Moore replica Boss 302. Honouring the famous NASCAR driver and team owner, the car was fully competition-prepared but never raced. It will be starring at CPOP alongside many other American icons, including a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air.

Lamborghini Countach LP500S
Lamborghini Countach LP500S

On the final day of the event, visitors will be taken back to the Eighties with a celebration of eye-catching supercars likely to have been seen on many a bedroom wall. Known for pioneering the wedge-shaped design that became popular in many high-performance sports cars, the Lamborghini Countach was a true Eighties icon – and a striking 1983 LP500S will be in attendance at this year’s CPOP. Accompanying the Countach will be another poster car heavyweight – a 1988 Ferrari Testarossa. The Pininfarina-designed ‘Red Head’, which made its debut at the 1984 Paris Auto Show, was produced until 1991.

The eighth staging of CPOP will celebrate ‘power’ on land, air and water with events on the famous Cholmondeley track. Alongside the American Muscle cars on Saturday and Eighties supercars on Sunday, the festival will also honour the Lotus marquee on Friday with a parade of every production model every made and also a dedicated concours.

Ferrari Testarossa
Ferrari Testarossa

In addition, Sunday will see the world’s only flying Vulcan take to the skies above Cholmondeley, with the Red Bull Matadors entertaining the crowd with an aerobatic display. This exciting air show will follow the appearance of the RAF Typhoon Display Team on the Saturday.

On the lake there will be a wide range of watersport action including jet ski racing and flyboarding demonstrations.

As for the two-wheeled aspect to the event, CPOP is welcoming bike legends Dougie Lampkin MBE and Sammy Miller MBE throughout the weekend, in addition to the Millyard Viper V10 and a Suzuki Hayabusa.

Combined with camping, live music from Tenors of Rock and the RPJ Band and hundreds of exciting trade stands, CPOP will be the family-friendly motorsport event of the summer. Tickets are now on sale at www.cpop.co.uk