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, Podkhana and more!
JapShow 2015 Report / Gallery / Video
Read the JapShow 2015 Report, watch the highlights video and view photos from JapShow 2015 on the Facebook Gallery.
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JapShow 2015 went off with a turbo-charged pop and a bang as thousands of Japanese vehicle fans and owners took over Santa Pod for the weekend.
The Show & Shine was a sell out much earlier than usual this year which shows that the scene and quality of vehicles within it still continues to grow. Judging was tough and after a bit of squabbling between the judges we concluded the following with a few others just missing out on picking up an award!
Show & Shine
Best Of Show
Subaru WRX STi
You couldn’t miss Alans Subaru with the giant Scooby doo hanging out of the window which was the first thing that caught your eye but on further inspection this machine was pristine in all areas and packing air – under the bonnet, inside and outside was all immaculate.
Honda Civic Coupe
Nick’s Civic is well known to us as he’s picked up a number of trophies from us before but he continues to bring out one of the best cars in the paddock. Again, Nick’s car has the overall package, the interior, exterior and under the bonnet is all top notch.
Honda Civic EP3
There was just something about Stuarts Civic that was a little different to what we’re used to. This tastefully modified EP3 also had the whole package
Best Retro Derrick Burgess
Derrick’s 280ZX is another well-known car and repeat trophy winner. He had some stiff competition this weekend but he deservedly took top spot once again.
Best Bike Rich Heil
There were only a few entries in the bike class this year but Rich’s Kawasaki was head and shoulders above the rest!
Judges choice is one trophy judged purely on taste and on Sunday the judges were pretty unanimous in deciding that Nino’s 370 was the one they’d like to take home!
For the serious racing on track it was over to competitors in the Competition Clutch FWD Drag Series and the Millers Oils Jap Drag Series. It was a difficult day for some with 8 second passes and some interesting results in both series.
The FWD series was a war of attrition with number 1 qualifier Guy Chamberlain making contact with the wall on the very run that he claimed the number one spot. There were only 4 cars left running by the end of it and they all happened to be on the same side of the ladder meaning if the cars were kept in one piece, the winner of the semi-final should claim the event win. It was the 2013 champion Kiel Priestman that came out on top of the pile after defeating Glenn Robson in the semi and taking a bye in the final for the win.
FWD Drag Series
Runner Up: Amy Bradley
Over in the Jap Drag Series, for the first time all year the Pro class ran thanks to David Greenhalgh and Mark Moseley who moved up from their regular street class to join Steve Bowen in his crazy Evo. Greenhalgh topped the qualifying table with an 8.4 second pass and went on to defeat Steve Bowen in the final for the event win.
JDS Pro Class
Runner Up: Steve Bowen
Meanwhile, without David in the street class that left fellow championship contender Jeff Ludgate with an opportunity to make up some ground. Jeff cleared up on the qualifying points but gremlins didn’t allow him to capitalise with an event win as Brent Crooks took a bye run in the final and walked away with the trophy.
JDS Street Class
Winner: Brent Crooks
Runner Up: Jeff Ludgate
The RWYB was brimming with cool machinery all weekend with a little cameo appearance from the UK Power Tour on Saturday before they headed off to York Raceway for their second leg. The Terminator Rotary powered Escort all the way from Malta was very well received and the team smashed their personal best on their first run of the weekend with a stunning 7.62 on Saturday. On launching, it sounded like the gates of hell had been opened but unfortunately some gremlins kept them from improving on that time on Sunday but they did manage to back the it up with a 7.64 as well. The RWYB competition took place on Sunday only and here are the overall winners:
Class A - Nissan
A165 - Jamie Lumley
Class B – Toyota
B100 - Simon Paul
Class C – Honda
C160 - Geran Phillips
Class D – Mitsubishi
D10 - Ged Jefferson
Class E – Subaru
E162 - Chris Clements
Class F – Mazda
F151 - Adam Blackshaw
Class G – Daihatsu
G51 - Jeffrey Whitbrook
Class H – Jap Bikes
H18 - Ray Spong
Class X – Non Road Legal
X156 - Francis Garcia
The live action arena was in full flow throughout the day with the drift ride gang offering taxi’s around the live action arena in their highly modified machines. Terry Grant, Lee Bowers and Michelle Westby were all on top form burning rubber and dropping jaws throughout the day with their insane stunts.
Over in the Podkhana arena, Jake Archer and his team ran proceedings which resulted in Dmitrij Srybnyj walking away with a trophy for the top spot after a battle that was fought between FWD, RWD and AWD vehicles.
Winner: Dmitrij Sribnyj - Subaru Impreza
So that was it, just a brief summary of the JapShow 2015 and it was a blinder, so if you weren’t there, why not? You missed out!
Thanks to everyone that came along and an even bigger thanks to everyone that took part in Podkhana, on the dragstrip, show & shine or had a vehicle on display in the club areas. We’ve said it before and we’ll probably say it again – we couldn’t do it without you! We’ll see you back here for JapShow Finale on Sunday the 11th of October if not before at USC on the 31st July-2nd of August!
JapShow Finale 2015 - Sunday 11th October With RWYB on Saturday 10th 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.
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