Supercars bring in the crowds
SPEED AND POWER JUNKIES: Passionate supercar fans gathered at the Beaulieu Supercar Showdown on August 27, 2012. It has been described as the best one yet.
A Supercar Showdown this year has attracted more than 5600 visitors and is claimed to be the best show yet.
The gathering of powerful vehicles at Beaulieu’s popular Supercar event, is now in its fifth year and continues to grow. The Supercar Showdown received over 5 600 visitors on August 27, 2012.
Spectators were treated to a demonstration run through the Beaulieu parkland in the UK where the cars showed what their potent engines are truly capable of.
Visitors had the opportunity to speak to the owners of the vehicles and were given a chance to choose their favourite car of the day.
A canary-yellow Lamborghini Murcielago received the most votes at the event, it is owned by Glenn Brooks from Kent. He has been a Lamborghini owner and club member for five years and bought the Murcielago in November 2011 to replace his Diablo Roadster which he recently gave to his son for his 21st birthday.
Glenn was presented with a special edition 60th anniversary Beaulieu trophy by Lord Montagu outside Palace House. The runners-up, who also received trophies from Lord Montagu, included former Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason’s Ferrari 599 GTO, a V8 Ariel Atom, a McLaren MP4-12C and a TVR Sagaris.
Other heavyweights of the supercar world on display were a F40 and F50 Ferrari, a 360 Spider, Mercedes SLS, Ultima GTR Can-Am, and a classic Aston Martin Vantage GT2.
At intervals during the day visitors were wowed by the hair-raising sounds of two vintage supercars being powered up, a 27-litre Napier Bentley and a distinctive matt-black 48-litre Packard-Bentley brought to the event by Chris Williams, a vintage sports car club member. The sound of these cars has been variously likened to a World War I biplane or as being akin to mortar bombs going off!
Warm sunshine, a stunning setting and an informative commentary each contributed to the enjoyment of Supercar Showdown which was declared by many to be the best yet.