Rhino Car Hire attended Japfest 2010, Europe’s Biggest Japanese Performance Car Show on Saturday 15th May at Castle Coombe circuit in Wiltshire, just 15 miles east for Bristol. The even attracts thousands of Japanese car enthusiasts from all over Europe and we followed in a contingent who had travelled all the way form the Netherlands!
We arrived at 9am and managed to avoid most of the queues quickly taking our place on the Honda S2000 club stand where one of the stars of the show was also in attendance. Bristol Honda had brought along the Honda UK Civic Type R Mugen to exhibit at the show, the only one its kind on the roads at present. With only 20 units being made and all sold, those lucky owners are awaiting delivery of what is regarded to be the best hot hatch available on sale today, but at a heady £40k (pre-options list) it should be!
We quickly made our way trackside to watch some of the action where the track sessions were well under way. Watching the usual Mitsubishi Evo’s and Subaru Impreza’s making they way around the circuit reminded me of many a track day, but there were some other exotica that drew interest from the crowds, from the race prepared Honda NSX (passenger seat rides to be won with a raffle- sadly my £5 was not a winning ticket!) to the Radical SR3, the fastest production car (road legal) to lap the infamous Nurburgring!
Driving on a track day of course carries its risks as some poor chap found out, when he underestimated his cars (and more likely his) abilities and ran out of tarmac only to plant his pride and joy into the tyre wall….a classic example of why motorsport can be some expensive! Good luck explaining that one to the wife!
Having watched some track action, we took a wander around the circuit and had a nose at some other club stands including the Nissan GTR stand, widely regarded as the best performance car on sale today, the GTR certainly drew the crowds, although whilst its technical credentials are hard to criticise, its not the prettiest thing on 4 wheels! Beyond the club stands we found hundreds of trade stands from Performance car parts and tuning companies to car care and cleaning suppliers and video game displays.
|The star attraction however was the main event, the Extreme Team Drift battle, where 5 of Europe’s best drift teams competed in the UK for the first time. I’ve never been to a drift event before, but to see these guys flirting with the limits of the track in tandem was truly spectacular, while most of us consider wheel spinning and tyre smoke as an accident waiting to happen, these guys thrive on it! its simple, the best choreographed and implemented team drift takes the silverware, check out the video for a taste of the action!