[Circuit] Japfest 2013

0 Posted by - May 13, 2013 - Circuit, Drifting, Photos

Japfest 2013

As the tshirts worn by the staff on site said, Japfest has been smoking tyres at the Castle Combe circuit in Wiltshire since 2003.

Japfest crowds

Every year the event seems to get bigger and bigger and the improvements made this year seemed to avoid last years epic queues to get in.

Group polish!

Despite the clouds the majority of the day was dry, with just a brief shower or two to keep people polishing their cars.

Ratty S14a

Huge club turn out as always at Japfest

Club attendence was amazing once again with displays stretching from Bobbies to Quarry Corner with every Japanese marque you can imagine out in force.

Paddock full of trade stands

The paddock was full of traders and drift teams showing off their wares.

Japfest track action

Benny Rees from Shoot all photography

Track sessions ran throughout the day giving the crowd plenty to watch, with some serious metal being thrown around the circuit.

Datsun 240Z

This tidy little 240Z seems to live at Combe.

Pro-R Subaru Impreza STI

Pro R were out on the day giving passenger rides to 10 lucky competition winners.

Walton Smith in action at Japfest

#tyreslayer Walton

The main event of the day was the Drift Kings competition. Open to anyone with a competition drift license and judged a little differently with no battles, plenty of BDC and Drift Allstars favourites came out to play. Including Walton Smith in the Jap Performance Parts Frankenstein RB-powered Subaru.

Drift Kings winner Matt Samuel

And BDC’s Matt Samuel in his Nissan 300ZX who went on to take a very smokey first place.

Kyouto Drift's Ryan Hacker

Being a few feet away from these guys at maximum attack, sliding sideways into Quarry at over 100 miles per hour was a treat for the 16,000 Jap fans in attendance.

Drive it 'til the wheels fall off

When you’re pushing this hard, something is eventually going to fall off. Or is it just camber…?

If you missed Japfest, or you want more from the Land of the Rising Revs, Japfest2 takes place on the 7th July at Donington.

Words: Simon Pow
Photography: Paul Cook & Simon Pow