JapShow

JapShow 2019

Sunday 9th June at Santa Pod Raceway

With Saturday Night Special RWYB on Saturday 8th June 2019

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 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 2018 Report / Gallery / Video

Watch the Highlights Video, read the 2018 report and view photos on the FaceBook Gallery.

JapShow 2018 Photo Gallery

View more photos on the Facebook Gallery.

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JapShow 2018 Highlights Video


JapShow 2018 Report

Showcasing power, performance and perfection from the Pairing Lanes to the Show Paddock, Club Displays to the Handling Track, Japan’s fastest and finest were out in abundance as we enjoyed a great day paying homage to these legendary icons.

Putting those driving skills of speed and precision to the ultimate test, the first trophy of the day went to Lachlan Stropin in the Handling Track Competition; in a Yellow Mazda MX5, he completed the circuit in an impressive 23.44 seconds - well done!

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Handling Track
Winner - Lachlan Stropin

The Show Paddock hosted the Autoglym Show & Shine competition. With a vibrant and varied congregation of immaculate Japanese machinery, it was a very tough decision process for the judges with some very high-spec vehicles on display. However, Chris Presley from Japanese Performance Magazine was on hand to help with the decisions and after many turns around the paddock, I’m sure you’ll agree, the winners were as follows:

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Top 5: Peter Linnett – 1995 Mitsubishi F-TO GPX Ltd Edition – Engine Bay polished
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Top 5: Nino Parello – Purple 2009 Nissan 370z Nismo – Daily drive, £7k wheels! Body kit was from Fast & Furious 5.
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Top 5: Lee Tucker – 2004 Mitsubishi Evo 8 – Full respray, custom Voltex hybrid widebody, full carbon front end – sponsored by Ross Sport. Full engine build, 2.3 stroker, precision turbo kit, full overhaul from bottom up.
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Top 5: David Porter – Yellow 1970 Datsun 2402 – Running Skyline RB26 twin turbo fresh engine, body welded underneath to take performance upgrade.
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Top 5: Stephen Monks – Baby Blue 2006 Nissan Micra – Father & Son build project
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Best Retro: Steven Grove – Black & Cream 1972 Datsun 240z – 2.8 Turbo Engine
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Best Bike: John McLean Sr & John McLean Jr – Blue & White 2006 Suzuki GSX1400 – Father & Son project, took 3 years to build and finished this year. Only one of its kind in the world! The first GSX1400 outlaw with nitrous. All engine and chassis components completely bespoke. Built to run high 6’s at over 200mph – only performed 3 days so far since the build.
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Judges Choice: Chris Wait – 1986 Toyota Corolla – RS Yasu / ISM Independent Race Team. Restoration build, bare metal restoration in 2002.
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Best of Show: Del Milnes – Grey 1991 Skyline GTR32 – Immaculate! Clean all over! This car had the whole package!
The ¼ mile played host to some fierce and hard-fought competition with Round 3 of the FWD Drag Series, Japanese Drag Series and the RWYB competition, seeing some very impressive runs on the dragstrip.

In true Jap style, the winner of Round 3’s FWD Drag Series of course had to be a Honda Civic - Well done to Kiel Priestman! Number one qualifier, Kiel, met number two qualifier Phil Reeves in the final with Kiel taking the win with 9.32 at 138mph. Kiel’s Japanese beast qualified with an outstanding 8.95 seconds! Kiel Priestman and Phil Reeves now sit first and second on the 2018 Championship Points Table with only 110 points between them. It will be all to play for in Round 4 at Ultimate Street Car – stay tuned!  

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FWD Drag Series Round 3
WINNER: Kiel Priestman
RUNNER UP: Phil Reeves
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It was a Skyline up against a 200SX in Round 3’s final; Jeff Ludgate’s ‘Sherbet Lemon’ took the win with a 10.37 at 109.87mph giving second place to Peter Bailey’s 12.90 at 115.05mph. Well done Jeff! 

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Jap Drag Series Round 3
WINNER: Jeff Ludgate
RUNNER UP: Peter Bailey

The RWYB competition saw some cutthroat competition throughout the classes; we witnessed a dynamic array of Jap cars hit the track with some very impressive ET’s. The results of the RWYB competition were as follows:

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Class A – Nissan/Datsun/Infiniti – Thai Tran – Nissan GTR – 11.0121 @ 128.31mph
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Class B – Toyota/Lexus – Richard Prydden – Toyota Celica GT4 – 11.0148 @ 131.68mph
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Class C – Honda/Acura – M. Hadfield – Honda Civic – 11.7986 @ 129.51mph
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Class D – Mitsubishi/Proton – James Draper – Mitsubishi Evo 9 – 11.4352 @ 125.13mph
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Class E – Subaru – Sharon Saunders – Subaru Impreza – 12.8262 @ 115.40mph
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Class F – Mazda – Jonathan Mitchell – Mazda 6 MPS – 13.8897 @ 99.04mph
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Class G – Suzuki/Daihatsu/Isuzu – Chris Amgry – Suzuki Swift Sport – 16.6056 @ 84.44mph
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Class H – Jap Bikes – Kevin Osman – Suzuki Hayabusa – 8.2777 @ 175.74mph
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Class X – Non-Road Legal & Non-Jap – Alexander Edlund – Mitsubishi Evo 2 – 9.3141 @ 153.68mph

Over on the Live Stage, car show legend, DJ Richie Don, provided us with the perfect soundtrack for JapShow, keeping us entertained over in the Show Paddock all day long. We witnessed one hell of a show over in Live Action as the arena played host to a stunt masterclass in the form of Terry Grant and Lee Bowers, whilst over in the Drift Arena we got our fix of sideways, rubber burning action with a drift ride or two! 

We hope you all had your cameras at the ready - tearing down the strip in 5.16 seconds at a mind-blowing 308mph, Martin Hill’s weapon of choice for the day was FireForce 5, The Jet Dragster!

As one of the biggest Japanese car club displays in the UK, we would like to say a big thank you to all the clubs for their continued support each year - we marveled at the pristine machinery on display – see you soon!

We would like to thank everyone who attended JapShow 2018 and from all the Santa Pod team, we hope you had a great day! See you at JapShow Finale! www.japshowfinale.com

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Police Presence

Please be aware that on the routes leading to Santa Pod Raceway, local Police will be carrying out Speed Enforcement Operations during the event and they will also be targeting other traffic offences in relation to Seat Belts, use of Mobile Phones and Illegal Number Plates etc.


JapShow Finale - Sunday 23rd September 2018

The Japanese car show season will come to close in October with JapShow Finale at Santa Pod Raceway! View details at www.japshowfinale.com.

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