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JapShow 2017 Report
Showcasing power, performance and perfection, JapShow showcased the fastest and finest ensemble of automobiles from Japan.
It was a Japanese feast for the eyes; from the Pairing Lanes to the Show Paddock, Club Displays to Live Action arena, everywhere you looked these legendary icons tantalized our taste buds from modified classics to peak performance masters. The weather was on our side with a glorious sunny day; the track was busy all weekend with high octane, show-stopping racing and JapShow enjoyed an energetic and exhilarating atmosphere paying homage to Japanese machinery.
Fighting off some tough opponents and putting those driving skills of speed and precision to the ultimate test, the first trophy of the day went to reigning champion Dmitrij Sribnyj in the Handling Track Competition; in a new car this time, Honda Civic SCR, he completed the circuit in an impressive 27.49 seconds - well done Dmitrij!
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, after many turns around the paddock, I’m sure you’ll agree, the winners were as follows:
The ¼ mile played host to some fierce and hard-fought competition with Round 3 of the FWD Drag Series and the RWYB competition, seeing some very impressive runs on the dragstrip.
As we headed into the FWD eliminations rounds we were down to 5 competitors. Kiel Priestman met Philip Reeves in round 2 of eliminations, with Paul Atkinson running a bye. Paul scored a solid position in the final despite a few nail-biting moments going sideways on several runs! We understand this was down to not having fourth gear. With 0.08 of a second in it, Kiel and Paul stormed ahead to the final seeing Kiel taking the event win with a 9.554 @142.52mph as well as being top qualifier with 9.4318. Well done Kiel!
RWYB took centre stage seeing with some cutthroat competition throughout the classes; we witnessed a dynamic array of Japanese machinery hit the track with some very impressive ET’s. The results of the RWYB competition were as follows:
Over on the Live Stage, DJ Richie Don, MC Stallion and SEL provided us with the perfect soundtrack for JapShow, with DJ battles and beatboxers keeping us entertained over in the Show Paddock all day long.
The Live Action Arena played host to a trio of breath-taking stunt shows and diverse displays. First up was the thrill-seeking Michelle Westby in Santa Pod’s own Nissan Skyline GTS; next up was a performance from top freestyle motorcycle stunt rider and British Stunt Bike Champion, Lee Bowers as he wowed the crowds with his jaw-dropping motorbike stunts; Team Maximum Lock left us mesmerised with their compilation of synchronized, close formation drift displays – driving perfection and one hell of a show!
We were lucky enough to have not one but two jet-fuelled masters from the FireForce fleet. The morning run saw Martin Hill pilot his FireForce 3 Jet Funny Car, tearing down the strip in 5.9429 @ 271.34mph; the FireForce 5 Jet Dragster was the weapon of choice in the afternoon with a speed of 273.02mph in an astonishing 5.5367 seconds!
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 next year!
We would like to thank everyone who attended JapShow 2017 and from all the Santa Pod team, we hope you had a great day! See you at JapShow Finale.