Hot on the heels of Japfest’s successful return to Silverstone, which drew over 20,000 Japanese performance fans to the iconic circuit in April, the UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese car culture pulled an impressive crowd to another famous venue.
Back-to-back with The Fast Car Festival, which took place the following day at the same venue, Japfest Donington was a celebration of car culture from Japan with star attractions including Drift Passenger Rides on Donington’s famous Melbourne Loop, track time for visitors who took their own cars around the iconic circuit, and a round of the MSA Time Attack Series, a race against the clock.
The new Honda Civic FK8 from Synchro Motorsports made an appearence and guests could take part in Toyo’s Tire Change Challenge in partnership with Sealey Tools, where contestants were invited to change a set of wheels on the Toyo car as quickly as a professional pit crew.
The Toyo Tires Challenge was won by Alex Bingham, with a time of 36.40 seconds, while other winners on the day included the Leeds Subaru Owners Club, who took the best Club Stand award, sponsored by VIBE and Ground Zero, and Datsun Fair Lady Z, who won the Show & Shine, sponsored by ValetPRO.
Another new feature for 2017 was Blue Pig Photography’s magazine cover shoot feature, which offered show visitors the chance to make a dream come true with an exclusive, personalised cover shoot, placed on an exclusive cover of either Banzai or Fast Car Magazine.
In addition, a stunning collection of Japanese club machinery was on display, alongside a special Retro Paddock, organised by Retro Japanese magazine which featured an eclectic mix that represented the magazine including one of the earliest Honda NSXs in the UK.