New Venue For Japfest’s Summer Return
By Kyle Lindsay
Monday, June 12, 2017 - 09:50
Hot on the heels of Japfest’s successful return to Silverstone, which drew over 20,000 Japanese performance fans to the iconic circuit, the UK’s biggest and best Japanese car extravaganza is making its way to another famous British circuit.
The new-for-2017 Japfest Donington event takes place at Donington Park, on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border, on Saturday July 1, the day before the Fast Car Festival fills the same venue.
The doubleheader means there’ll be an entire weekend of thrills for performance car fans, while those wishing to visit on just the Saturday will be able to take part in a host of Japfest activities.
Headlining the day’s attractions will be the opportunity for visitors to take their own cars out onto the Donington circuit for a 20-minute track session: Donington is one of the most famous race tracks in the world, having hosted Grand Prix and Touring Car races, so these are bound to be hugely popular.
Another big draw will be the show’s Drift Passenger Rides, The rides present a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sit alongside a professional drifter and experience true sideways-all-the-way action. Jump in the passenger seat of a British Drift Championship car as a professional drift driver takes you sideways round Donington Park’s iconic Melbourne Loop in a rear-wheel drive drifting machine!
There’ll also be live action on the Toyo Tires Live S tage hosted by Alexandra Legouix, with well-known garage act Oxide and Neutrino performing at midday, along with a host of other guests throughout the day. Toyo Tires will also be hosting its own Tyre Change Challenge in partnership with Sealey Tools, with contestants invited to change a set of wheels on the Toyo car as quickly as a professional pit crew. The winner will be presented with a host of goodies from the event partners.
Another new feature for 2017 is the introduction of Blue Pig Photography’s magazine cover shoot, which offers show visitors the chance to make a dream come true with an exclusive, personalised cover shoot. Blue Pig’s photoshoot will take in all the best angles of each car, and the three best shots will be placed on an exclusive cover of either Banzai or Fast Car Magazine for visitors to take away – all for just £40.
The new features sit alongside a traditional Show & Shine, which brings together the best standard and modified cars from the UK’s active Japanese scene. Whether it’s an impeccably-detailed rebuild, quarter-mile demon or highly-tuned track weapon, you’re guaranteed to be impressed.
In addition, a breath-taking collection of Japanese club machinery will be on display. Expect to see a massive variety of Japanese performance icons from all the main marques, alongside a paddock of individual entries for non-club cars, as well as a high profile presence from the event sponsors, Goodridge, Samco Sport, KSport, Hardrace, BC Racing and BC Forged Wheels.
Aside from the cars there’s the opportunity to hunt for parts and regalia within the Retail Village. Sandwiched between the track action and club cars, the Retail Village is packed with everything and anything you could need for your car, including Japanese car parts, accessories, clothing and much more.