It doesn’t matter whether you drive a Nissan Micra or a race spec Evo, ride a GSXR or a Yamaha R1. All Japanese cars and bikes are welcome at Jap show. No matter what you like about the scene there is something for everyone with the relaxed pace of the Show Paddock, club displays and trade area. For those that like the louder side of life we have a variety of attractions that will not disappoint with the country's quickest Japanese cars competing in the Jap & FWD Drag Series, public Run What Ya Brung open to everyone including bikes, Show & Shine, Drifting, Jet Car, Stunt Displays, Handling Track and more!
JapShow 2016 - Video, Report & Gallery
Watch the Highlights Video, read the 2016 report and view photos on the FaceBook Gallery.
JapShow 2016 Highlights Video
JapShow 2016 Report
JapShow is always a highlight on the UK show calendar for all enthusiasts of machinery built in the land of the rising sun and the 2016 instalment was no exception to that trend. The track was open all day long on Saturday, with the exception of a couple of weather breaks, and there were some great passes from those testing ahead of Sundays competition and those just having a damn good time! Highlights included an evening pass from the FireForce 3 Jet Funny Car to the tune of 6 seconds, a couple of passes from Rene Van Den Berg on his Top Fuel Bike, crazy passes from the UK Drag Karts and some blistering GTR’s. DJ Miss Velocity kept us all entertained in the Fuelers Bar throughout the evening and we’d like to give Iron Man a shoutout who was rocking an awesome costume all night long!
As Sunday morning came round, the club cars arrived in their droves and it wasn’t long before the site was brimming with quality cars and there were a few bikes too! It was great to see a few Kawasaki Ninja’s coming in to have some fun in the RWYB.
The Show & Shine was as popular as ever and contained all manner of Japanese cars and bikes. The judging proved as tough as always and the judges settled on the following to walk away with the prizes:
Show & Shine
Best Of Show
Jabbar’s Supra was a true all-rounder demonstrating workmanship of the highest quality across the board but one of the main talking points was the insane deep dish wheels
Ashley’s fresh Civic was a new twist on a classic style and had a top quality interior, exterior and was pristine under the bonnet too!
Skyline 33 GTP
Clive’s Skyline isn’t just any Skyline, it’s a pickup. Yes, that’s right – a Skyline Pickup and a deserved winner as the work involved is no mean feat!
This Evo was modified to the extreme with carbon featuring heavily throughout, both inside and outside!
Peter’s vibrant FTO was quite unassuming but closer inspection revealed excellent condition throughout.
Best Retro Derrick Burgess
Derrick is a serial winner here at Santa Pod and it’s going to take something special to take this trophy away from him! This awesome ZX has undergone a full resto and looks like it’s come been rolled straight out of the garage and into the show
Best Bike James Phelps
James’ Z1000 featured endless little touches that you could only appreciate by taking a good look around it.
Evo 9 Wide Body
Brad’s camo green evo had an awesome wide body kit and the combination with the wheels just made it so right!
The RWYB competition was fierce all day long and there were even a few late changes to the leader board just before the competition ended. Congratulations to all the eventual winners were as follows:
Class A - Nissan
9.86 @ 141.21mph
Class B – Toyota
9.9984 @ 140.71mph
Class C – Honda
13.4322 @ 111.11mph
Class D – Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi Evo VII
11.6871 @ 121.56mph
Class E – Subaru
10.408 @ 137.28mph
Class F – Mazda
13.5344 @ 103.82mph
Class G – Daihatsu
13.5585 @ 105.67mph
Class H – Jap Bikes
9.0813 @ 160.84mph
Class X – Non Road Legal
7.8325 @ 180.57mph
The pro’s were on track throughout the day too with the FWD and Jap Drag series. Unfortunately the JDS pro class was cancelled because of a few breakages but we did have David Greenhalgh debuting his brand new Nissan S15 pro car which he brought straight out and into the 7 second zone.
It was business as usual in the Street class as Jeff Ludgate met Brent Crooks in the final and it was Brent that got away first and never looked back as he streaked to victory.
JDS Street Class
Winner: Brent Crooks
Runner Up: Jeff Ludgate
In the FWD Drag Series, Paul Atkinson had the weekend of his life running 9.7’s all the way through eliminations into the final where he met Ben Dalgleish who was having a pretty good day himself. Ben knew he that Paul had been running slightly quicker and tried to cut a good light, handing the win to Paul with a red.
FWD Drag Series
Winner: Paul Atkinson
Runner Up: Ben Dalgleish
The drift rides were busy on a new larger track all day long offering the ultimate thrill whilst over in the Live Action Arena Michelle Westby was doing a bit of drifting too! Michelle was joined by the Arrepiado stunt team all the way from Portugal putting on a sublime, tyre shredding show with their bikes, quad and crazy smart car. I’m not sure you can ever fully come to terms with a man pulling an endo in a smart car with another man hanging off the bonnet!?
Also in the Live Action Arena was the annual handling track competition, won by Gymkhana Grid reigning champion and the man that defeated Ken Block at his own game Dmitriy Srbnyj.
Winner: Dmitrij Sribnyj - Subaru Impreza
So that’s a wrap on another Japanese extravaganza here at Santa Pod Raceway and another great day. We say it every year, but thanks to all the clubs for coming along, we really appreciate you presence and contribution to making JapShow the great show it is today!
JapShow Finale 2016 - Sunday 2nd October With RWYB on Saturday 1st October
The last major event of the year for Japanese car fans at Santa Pod Raceway is JapShow Finale. Featuring Run What Ya Brung, Jap Drag Series, FWD Drag Series, club displays, drifting, drag demos, Show n Shine and more. Details at www.JapShowFinale.com.
JapShow Mailing List:
Fill out your e-mail address below to receive the Santa Pod RWYB Email News Letter and you will also be entered into a monthly prize draw to win a £50 Santa Pod Raceway gift voucher.