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The Need For Speed This Summer

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It's going to be a fast summer, with the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Cholmondeley Pageant of Power both rammed with spectacular machines.

Cholmondeley Pageant of Power

First up is the Cheshire event on 14th-16th June, in its sixth year celebrating powerful cars with track competitions and special events to mark Lamborghini's golden anniversary and Aston Martin's centenary. There will be speed and rally competitions along with displays of classic cars going back to 1907 from the most exotic manufacturers.

Along with the famous supercar paddock, visitors will also enjoy aerobatic displays from Lancasters, Hurricanes and Spitfires, plus the unique RAF Tri-Services Helicopter Agility Competition and water events showcasing powerboating, jetskiing, fly and wakeboarding and including public rides and hovercraft racing. Evening events include fireworks and music concerts. Among the more unusual exhibitions is a Top 20 Weirdest Cars Ever Made and a display of the Bloodhound Supersonic 1,000mph car scale model.

Car parking is free and preview and main event tickets are available online from £5-£130.

Goodwood Festival of Speed

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Festival of Speed, taking place on 11th-14th July. Apart from a dedicated supercar area, the 'Style et Luxe' concourse d'elegance, sponsored by Cartier, Sir Malcolm Campbell's Bluebird V LSR and Nelson Piquet at the wheel of a Brabham BMW BT52, speed fans will also get to experience the launch of the new Vuhl 05 supercar.

The niche company is funded in part by the Mexican government and its development partnerships include Ford, Multimatic and Magna Steyr. Its 05 is a super light, road legal two seater sports car, that can claim to be truly international, with manufacturing carried out across Canada, Mexico and the UK.

A more familiar name will be making an appearance too, in the form of the Peugeot RCZ R. The French company will be taking advantage of the occasion to show off its fastest production car yet, with 260bhp. Performance figures are unavailable to date but the RCZ R is expected to better the RCZ THP 200's 0-62mph time of 7.6 seconds and 146mph top speed.

Goodwood offers motor fans an opportunity to see not only classic cars but also the most exciting new vehicles from all the major manufacturers, in addition to more exotic names. The event is peppered with celebrities and culminates in the famous hillclimb event. Tickets are available online and start at £25.

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