Liverpool Pageant of Power 2010
Over twenty thousand spectators
descended on Liverpool’s famous docklands and Liverpool ONE to catch a
glimpse of some of the most expensive and powerful cars and bikes in the
world as the city centre closed down for the Liverpool Pageant of
Liverpool was transformed into the Monaco of the North as the crowds lined the streets for
the free evening event – a curtain raiser for the annual Cholmondeley Pageant of Power in
Cheshire, 17-18 July - for two and a half hours of frantic, noisy action on land, sea and air.
Onlookers got the chance to see millions of pounds worth of supercars, such as a Bugatti Veyron, a Ferrari Enzo and a Lamborghini Gallado, reach mouth-watering awesome speeds as they completed a number of demonstration laps along The Strand. They also felt the ground tremble under their feet as the army demonstrated the awesome manoeuvring power of a Warrior Fighting Vehicle.
Other vehicles to take to the streets included a super-charged JCB “Dancing Digger”; Liverpool FC’s very own Super League racing car; the Le Mans winning Jaguar; Audi and Ford rally cars; and the latest models from event sponsor Bentley, as well as some of their classics, such as the Blower.
The cars were joined on the track by an incredible collection of bikes, ridden by two true legends – former double Grand Prix winner Stuart Graham and 12 time TT winner Charlie Williams. These two greats turned back the years as they tore the down the street on their bikes, Williams on his Maxton Yamaha TZ385 and Graham on his Yamaha RD05A. The crowd were also treated to a dazzling display of speed and skill from Neil Tuxworth’s Honda Superstock bike team.
An event in Liverpool would not be complete without a tribute paid to the area’s historic docks, as an array of powerboats and catamarans took to the water in Salthouse and Canning Docks, and up above there were breath-taking aerial acrobatics with the Brietling Wing Walkers and a multi-million pound Hermes Eurocopter helicopter which turned and burned over Chavasse Park.
James Hall, Event Director of the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, said: “The city of Liverpool really embraced the Pageant as they turned out in their thousands to see these wonderful machines perform on land, water and in the air. The amount of support that we have had from the people and the businesses in the area has been second to none and was a fantastic appetiser to the main course at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power in July.”
Throughout the day there were attractions for kids and big kids alike around Liverpool ONE, who are celebrating their second anniversary. There was a climbing wall and inflatable assault course on Chavasse Park, as well as flight simulators, Aprilia bikes and F1 virtual driver games. The Military were also there raising money for Help for Heroes, which is the Pageant’s official partner charity, as well as hosting displays and demonstrations.