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Old May 25th, 2010, 11:33 PM   #41
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A load of pics of the wing-walkers. Hopefully there were people nearer the river or with better cameras.









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I was very underwhelmed.

A 40 minute event which was repeated two or three times with exactly the same cars in exactly the same order?!

Bad location - from the city side of the Strand, the crash barriers were on top of the central reservation meaning anyone under 6 foot tall was going to struggle to see anything. Did it also not occur to the organisers that a large section of the road has no visibility due to the Q Park ramps?

The PA system was ONLY outside the Hilton and OPW. What about for the rest of the street?? I was by Mann Island and we didn't have a clue what anything was.

It certainly wasn't a good advert for the main Pageant of Power in deepest unspellable Cheshire.

Instead of totally writing it off, I would like to see the event return next year having learnt from their mistakes. Lets have a bit of variety. Lets have huge **** off JCBs (like the one which was a static exhibit), massive fork lift trucks, lets even have the beefiest fire engine there is to offer. Lets have the tank moving around. Car after car after car gets dull. Especially when they are on a 45 minute loop.
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The army vehicles and JCB all had a go.

You must have missed the planes, powerboats and jetskis as well.

And all for free.
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The army vehicles and JCB all had a go.
After how many runs of the cars?
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Old May 26th, 2010, 12:02 AM   #47
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i thought it was boss but was in a good spot in the middle. andreas thingy who owns the L1 hilton was there with four cars. the flashiest, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Ferrari Enzo and the convertible Rolls-Royce. didn't look old enough to have sons that old. all the botox apparently.
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Old May 26th, 2010, 12:02 AM   #48
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Old May 26th, 2010, 12:44 AM   #49
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Old May 26th, 2010, 09:32 AM   #50
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Waterfront turned to race track for inaugural Liverpool Pageant of Power
May 26 2010 by Ben Schofield, Liverpool Daily Post



LIVERPOOL’S waterfront became a race track for cars, planes and boats as the inaugural Pageant of Power raced into the city.

Held to mark Liverpool One’s second birthday and to boost its sister pageant in Cholmondeley, Cheshire, it saw dozens of high-performance cars – among them a Le Mans winner and a 1929 Bentley Napier – tear down a stretch of The Strand.

Up to 20,000 motorheads lined the circuit to watch the promenade, which organisers hope will return to the city next year.

It kicked off with the Liverpool FC-branded superleague racer rocketing along the track, which ran from the Merseyside Police HQ to Mann Island. The car’s tyres left huge streaks of rubber along the road as the driver pulled crowd-pleasing pirouettes.

It was followed by rally cars and superbikes, Jaguars, an old-style Audi Quattro, Bentleys, a Bugatti Veyron and even a super-charged JCB. A Silk Cut Jaguar, which raced at Le Mans in the late 1990s, and a Bentley Speed 8, which won the 24-hour marathon race in 2003, also powered past the crowd.

Formula Two powerboats raced round Salthouse Dock, while jet skis performed tricks in the neighbouring Canning Dock.

The action also took to the skies as the Breitling Wing Walkers display team put on a show with two bi-planes.

The event was the brainchild of Guy Butler – developer Grosvenor’s top man at Liverpool One – and James Hall, who organises the Cholmondeley pageant.

Speaking from the vantage point of a sixth-floor apartment in One Park West, car enthusiast Mr Butler recalled when he first had the idea.

He said: “It was 2002, when I was standing watching racing cars going down Regent Street in London and I thought ‘it would be fantastic for someone to do that in Liverpool’. Unfortunately it was me and James, rather than anybody else.”

Last year, the pair teamed up to drive supercars through Liverpool One’s pedestrianised areas to mark the complex’s first birthday. This year they wanted to make a bigger splash.

Mr Butler, who owns a fleet of prestige cars himself, added: “This has been almost all privately-funded. It’s been hard, even with the council’s help, to get the funding.

“It’s cost us around £110,000. But all the cars came here for free. Everyone’s given up their time. It’s hard getting that sort of sponsorship in this climate. But when you look out the window, it’s all worth it.

“Looking at the car forums, I could see groups from West Yorkshire and Cumbria were going to come down.”
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After how many runs of the cars?
Yeah, the JCB had a couple of runs towards the end. It couldnt half shift and even tried a wheelie or two. The tank was pretty impressive too and tonked it down the road at a fair old lick.

My personal favourite was the teenie military ambulance that flew down the Strand so quickly its blue lights fell off and smashed on the road. Very humurous.

We were in the press section inside the Hilton, so got to have a play with some of the cars.

Missed the air show stuff which I would have liked to have seen though so thanks for teh pics.
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Andreas Panayiotou with his Bugatti Veyron, in front of his hotel

Property's petrol-heads were out in force last night for the noisy spectacle of the first Liverpool Pageant of Power organised by Grosvenor and Cholmondeley Castle.

Andreas Panayiotou, whose Ability Group owns the Hilton at Liverpool One, was there with four of his big boys' toys: a rare Ferrari Enzo, a convertible Rolls-Royce, superfast Bugatti Veyron, and a white Lamborghini Diablo.

Panayiotou told Place he was impressed with the turnout at the event, where an estimated 20,000 people crowded around Chavasse Park, Albert Dock, The Strand and Mann Island to watch the two-hour show of supercars old and new, alongside power boats on the dock, acrobatic planes and helicopters and military vehicles.


Neil Lamont of Lamonts and Simon Bland from Mason Owen

Also taking part was self-confessed car fanatic Neil Lamont, of Cheshire-based surveyors Lamonts, who took a spin in friend Will Onions' Ford Escort rally car during the parade along the closed-off Strand. Onions runs Capital Construction Management based in Shrewsbury and is a keen amateur racer.

The event was the brainchild of Guy Butler, Grosvenor projects director, and James Hall of Cholmondeley Castle, which has its own annual pageant of power every summer.



Butler said the privately funded event required £110,000 of sponsorship and would probably be repeated next year. The sponsors of the event included several property firms: Curtins Consulting, Flanagan Group, Mason Owen, WSP, Rapid, Liverpool One, The Mersey Partnership, Bentley, Liverpool Vision, Breitling, One Park West.

Among the VIPs enjoying the occasion was Steve Parry, vintage car collector and head of Neptune Developments, as well as guests from developers Rumford and Argent and many of Liverpool's agents.

The event included the Liverpool FC superleague racing car, a Le Mans-winning Jaguar, a fire-spitting vintage Bentley Napier, a JCB dragster, as well as modern and classic motorcycles and a Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank.
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shame the course wasn't longer and they didn't have stands, most people on the Hilton side couldn't see anything of the race becos we were all on a downwards slope and the barrier was too high.
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For a first time event in Liverpool I think the organisers did well, especially when you see quotes like this from Guy Butler "This has been almost all privately-funded. Itís been hard, really really hard, even with the councilís help, to get the funding. It cost us around £110,000, but all the cars came here for free. Everyone has given up their time. Itís hard getting that sort of sponsorship in this climate."

This answers my main concern which was there were not enough vehicles in the Pageant to provide a continually changing show. The organisers had to repeat the parade to fill in the time allotted.


http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/...0252-26522575/


I'm in broad agreement with Mostly Lurking's comments re- tannoy, location, visibility, check out my pic. One solution could be to move the start line up further up the Strand and the north end to terminate at the roundabout the bottom of Chapel Street, no barriers in the central reservation along that stretch, so with a bit of fine tuning! things could be improved without a lot of money being spent.





Most of my pics were crap! those cars were pretty quick so thanks to all for posting their photos.


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The guy on the PA was a bit rubbish though. He kept stumbling over his words. I agree that is was ok for a first attempt though and hopefully they will learn and come back stronger next year. Erecting stands and charging £1 for a seat could be a way of raising funding, whilst also offering an improved view to spectators.
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Agree with the stands idea and I'm hopeful that this could be an annual event, but not on a Tuesday night!!
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Old May 26th, 2010, 09:39 PM   #60
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I think its a great event, and I`ll let them off as its the first one and privately funded. However I would say the following:
Have something more interesting with the speed-boats, say round the docks more instead of just round in a cycle.
Have the wing-walkers come over the Strand, or allow people time to get from the river to the Strand so they can see both
Have a longer part of the Strand used, and with grandstands, as suggested for a £1 so more people can see.
The speaker to stop trying to flog tickets for Chalomondey or however its said or spelt.

Sort this and it could be really big, oh and have it at the weekend
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