Autocar Cholmondeley Pageant showcases power in many forms

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    Cars will always be the main attraction at this event - but what else is on offer?The Cholmondeley Pageant of Power is all about celebrating power in its many forms.
    Certainly, there's a lot more than just powerful cars here to catch the eye. There's also displays of motorbikes, boats, helicopters, jet-skis, hovercraft and all-terrain vehicles dotted across the Cholmondeley Castle estate, while in the skies regular fly-pasts of historic planes satisfy aviation enthusiasts.
    Former Land Speed Record holder Richard Noble has also bought along his full-scale replica of the Bloodhound supersonic car. At the other end of the power scale a selection of lawnmowers, including the robotic Miimo lawnmower bought along by Honda, are available to tantalise both the senses and the wallet.
    The Miimo is simply incredible to watch. It trims grass within an area defined by electronic wiring constantly, typically cutting off between 2-3mm of grass at a time. Because its clippings are so small, there's also no need to collect them.
    I was particularly impressed to see the element of human power on display - with big representations by both the RAF and Army cadets. Cheshire Police also have a large stand, showcasing some of their off-road law enforcement vehicles.
    While the main attraction is undoubtedly the hillclimb course itself, there's still plenty to see and do around the site. When the rain isn't coming down, one of the most enjoyable activities I found was to be taken out onto the water in a rigid-hulled inflatable boat. Power is certainly of no shortage in these machines - the one I was taken out in had a 4-stroke, 24V V6 Honda motor strapped to the back, putting out 250bhp.
    What surprised me most about the boat - aside from the engine, which provided both immediate and never-ending acceleration - was the angle at which the craft can lean in the water. As a passenger, it's less about enjoying the ride and more about staying on board.
    A word of warning, though: perhaps leave this activity to the end of your visit as 'wet' doesn't begin to describe the state you'll be in by the end.
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