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