May 17, 2012 6:29 pm - Published by

So, Saturday 12th May. The day the South West of England came to a standstill. Well, not quite the whole South West of England, but, more precisely, the area surrounding Castle Combe racetrack, as thousands of Japanese cars poured into the local area for what is touted as the biggest Japanese car show in Europe.
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For those of us fortunate enough to get there at a silly time in the morning, we were greeted to pretty average sized queues for a car show. However, for those not so fortunate, queues are reported to have been a whopping 4 hours (yes, four whole hours) long, goes to show just how big the event has become!

 

There was a whole host of machinery on display – both static, and on track – ranging from more classic stuff, such as this lovely mk1 CRX:
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Or this AE86 Corolla:

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To those somewhere in-between, such as this Accord Euro R:

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Or this Swift:
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Through to the completely modern, technology filled R35 GTRs (with quite an apt number plate on display, in this case…):

 

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Not only was there a massive variety of ages, but styles too, from the type of car that looks as though it simply can’t be driven on UK roads:

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Through to the kind of thing that looks right at home in shaky camera footage on Youtube from the Japanese streets:
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Through to nice, simply modified, tidy models.

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Also something I noted, was this Evo, at first, relatively subtle, until you realise just how wide those arches actually are…

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As mentioned, the displays weren’t limited to static, there was track time on throughout the day, with folk able to go out and safely, and responsibly drive their cars to the limits on track:

 

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A whole host of machinery was seen out there too, from these Redbrick Racing ex-BTCC Civics

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Through to this lovely, low 350Z

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Naturally, the BDC lads were out creating masses of smoke, and holding some massive angles to impress the (huge) crowds:
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A great day had, and fortunately the weather held off for us, in these currently ever-changing conditions, with bright sun blaring all day, leading to many leaving at the end of the day with red faces & arms as a souvenir. All I can say is, roll on Japfest 2013!


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