JAPFEST DON­ING­TON

Japanese Performance - - WHAT’S IN - WORDS & PICS: DAN SHER­WOOD

All the ac­tion from the sec­ond in­stal­ment of the awe­some Japfest fran­chise

It was a grey day at Don­ing­ton Park cir­cuit for the sec­ond in­stal­ment of the awe­some Japfest fran­chise of shows, but that didn’t dampen any­one’s spir­its.

The first Japfest of the year at the home of the Bri­tish For­mula One GP, Sil­ver­stone, back in April was a mon­ster of a show draw­ing over 20,000 fans of Ja­panese metal flock­ing to Northamp­ton­shire’s mo­tor­sport Mecca. Japfest Don­ing­ton is a much smaller show than its fore­bear, but still packs a mighty punch when it comes to Ja­panese car cul­ture.

Sup­ported by Toyo Tires, Ks­port, Hardrace, BC Rac­ing, BC Forged wheels, Goodridge, Sam­cosport and Valet Pro, Japfest Don­ing­ton was held as a back-to­back event with the Fast Car Festival. How­ever, as the lat­ter show was a more gen­eral show­case for per­for­mance ma­chines of all makes, we fo­cused on the Ja­panese spe­cific event the day be­fore. Hun­dreds or cars flocked to the cir­cuit and filled up the car club stands with every­thing from Nis­san Cubes to the 600bhp Honda Stream built by Ox­ford­shire-based tuners Hond-r.

Away from the static dis­plays there was ac­tion aplenty for power-hun­gry pun­ters to en­joy in the form of con­stant track ac­tion from the pub­lic sessions to when the big

THE SEC­OND IN­STAL­MENT OF THE JAPFEST SHOW ROLLED INTO DON­ING­TON PARK

boys of the MSA Time At­tack Se­ries came out to play and showed ev­ery­one how it was re­ally done when you’re rac­ing against the clock.

Else­where the ac­tion con­tin­ued as the side­ways slid­ers of the Bri­tish Drift

Cham­pi­onship and the RDX Drift Academy laid on drift pas­sen­ger rides around Don­ing­ton’s fa­mous Mel­bourne Loop.

Ac­tion of a dif­fer­ent kind could be found on the Toyo Tires Live Stage, which was hosted by TV pre­sen­ter Alexan­dra Le­gouix, with well-known garage act Ox­ide and Neu­trino en­ter­tain­ing the crowds in-be­tween the track ac­tion as well as guest in­ter­views and un­veil­ings – in­clud­ing the new Honda Civic FK8 from Syn­chro Motorsports.

For those not wish­ing to rag their ride around the cir­cuit, there was the Toyo Tyre Change Chal­lenge in part­ner­ship with Sealey Tools to com­pete in, where con­tes­tants were in­vited to change a set of wheels on the Toyo car as quickly as a pro­fes­sional pit crew.

The Chal­lenge was won by Alex Bing­ham,

with a time of 36.40 sec­onds, while other win­ners on the day in­cluded the Leeds Sub­aru Own­ers Club, who took the Best Club Stand award, spon­sored by VIBE and Ground Zero, and the Dat­sun Fair Lady Z, who won the Show & Shine, spon­sored by Valet­pro.

Like most shows, there was also the chance for ea­ger tun­ing fans to bag a bar­gain from the traders in the Re­tail Vil­lage, so whether it was sus­pen­sion, steer­ing wheels or a big brake setup that you were af­ter, there were plenty of firms ready and wait­ing to swap your hard earned cash for shiny new prod­ucts.

So as you can see, if you’re into Jap metal (which you damn well should be if you are an avid reader of this pres­ti­gious tun­ing pe­ri­od­i­cal) and you missed Don­ing­ton’s de­lights, un­for­tu­nately it ap­pears you missed out, but don’t worry too much, as the Japfest jug­ger­naut will be back again next year, start­ing once again at Sil­ver­stone and promis­ing to be big­ger and bet­ter than ever. We can’t wait!

RDX DRIFT ACADEMY

AS ONE OF THE MOST RE­SPECTED TEAMS IN THE BDC, TEAM JAPSPEED KNOWS DRIFT­ING IN­SIDE OUT, SO WHO BET­TER TO LEARN FROM IF YOU WANT TO TAKE UP THE NOBLE ART? RDX DRIFT ACADEMY IS A NEW DRIFT SCHOOL TO BE RUN AT ROCK­ING­HAM SPEED­WAY AND THE IN­STRUC­TORS WERE GIV­ING DRIFT RIDES ON DON­ING­TON’S MEL­BOURNE LOOP

TIME AT­TACK AC­TION

IF YOU GOT BORED WITH STAR­ING AT THE STATIC DIS­PLAYS OF THE CAR CLUBS AND TRADERS, THERE WAS AL­WAYS THE AC­TION ON TRACK TO KEEP YOU EN­TER­TAINED. AS WELL AS PUB­LIC TRACK TIME, THERE WAS A ROUND OF THE MSA TIME AT­TACK SE­RIES RUN­NING ON THE DAY, TOO, SHOW­CAS­ING SOME OF THE UK’S MOST PO­TENT PER­FOR­MANCE MA­CHINES

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