Japfest debuted in 2002 and has always been held at the heart of Wiltshire’s fast open track of Castle Coombe. For 2012, the show is celebrating its 10thanniversary. So the organisers have pulled out all the stops to make the show opener of the Adrian flux auto series for the Jap scene one to remember. It is Europe’s largest and best Japanese car show. The weather is always great, bang In the middle of May when summer’s starting to get in to full swing is just what you need at an outdoor show like this! This year was no different from every year so far. I always say it must be the man from the land of the rising sun making his yearly visit to the UK bringing the sun from East Asia with him.
Over the past few years, the euro scene and jap scene have been evenly matched, but recently I kind of feel the Jap scene is growing at a much faster rate, with many people driving Jap cars for the Thrill factor as Track/Time attack and Drifting is slowly being accepted and seen as the cool new thing on western shores.
Being first show each year for the jap car culture, it attracts people in their thousands from all over the country to join in with all the fun from drift demo’s to track car rides, the show and shine cars, magazine featured cars and also the retail village, where you can purchase goods and get hands on with the newest, latest Car mods and chat to upcoming new companies.
Many of the Major forums, car clubs and traders book months in advance to secure a spot inside the show that’s how popular it has got over the years.
The Drift demo:
New for this year is the drift train, which is, 20+ drift cars on one track at the same time linking the drifting in one long chain. Each of the drivers had their own pride at stake, ploughing into quarry corner and drifting in front of Japfest’s biggest ever crowd. I have to say this was the show winner for me, had to be there to really appreciate what I mean. This year team Japspeed were on form with their Subaru Impreza 1jz driven by Steve Baggsy Biogioni and the Nissan Silvia S15 1Jz driven by Paul smokey Smith. Both big big players in the Maxxis drift championships.
What’s good at Japfest is, unlike any other car show, they really like you to experience the thrill of Jap cars. So this is how Redbrick racing are involved. They brought along their BTCC race spec 04 Civic Type r’s for people to buy passenger rides around the fast track of castle Coombe. These cars were going out on track all day in duo, really adding to the race feel of the how close the action is in BTCC racing really is.
The Retail village:
The trade stands in the retail village is always exciting! There’s always mini competitions going on and lots to see. Traders included Tegiwa,Rare rims official stockest of Rota’s wheels, Meguiars, Fast car, SFS Hoses, Car audio security and Wheel whores and many more..
Fast car stand
Car audio security..
Through out the day SFS were hosting the power and style stand showcasing some of the UK’s best Jap cars. Fast car had there own stand as well. Well done to Aims hill from Somerset taking the trophy for the best power and style, with her white carbon themed Rotrex Charged S2000 big congratulations. She has definitely set a high standard for this years show car season.
Ultimate’s Collection. Featuring Deans Hella Flush JDM Spec DC2 and Loony’s baller EK
The Maxxis Babes were in attendance too handing out freebies and posing for cheeky pictures. A lot of love for these promo girls!
The Paddock area was a rest area where the pro drivers hung out. So you could get up close, chat and meet the pro Drifters many of which are professional drivers that compete in the BDC drift series.
The club displays:
The heart of the show really is the club stands and displays, a lot of time hard work and effort is put in by the club reps that bring and offer this show the best of the best Japanese cars. Some of the clubs I remember the, swift club, MR2 owners, ITR DC5, Civic Life, MX5 owners club, Type R owners club, Impreza’s owners club, Club VR4, Honda culture and Z club Skyline owners club won the best club stand award sponsored by Adrian Flux. Well done to them.
The day ended with a 100-car cavalcade mainly made of the most loyal club supporters over the last 10 years What a truly awesome day this show was, even though many people queued up to 3 hours getting into the show, as the 10th anniversary attracted more people than expected.
Well done to Adrian Flux you have done it again See you all at Japfest the evolution at Donnington Park.
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