Europe’s biggest and best Japanese car show – Japfest – returns to Silverstone on 30th April 2017 with a host of new features alongside some of the more traditional attractions. One of those attractions will be the 2017 Retro Japanese display.
Retro Japanese magazine is very much about variety, and that will be reflected in their retro display. They will have everything from a gullwinged kei car, the Autozam AZ-1, to a 1975 Toyota Celica RA25 GT2000.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, they’ll have heavyweights including one of their current cover stars, Joel Pickering’s Nissan 300ZX Z32, Rich Wheatley’s Skyline R30, Frank Hayes’ remarkable Mazda Eunos Cosmo – the only production car with a triple-rotor engine and Honda’s own 1990 NSX. Tom Shackson will also be bringing his 1989 Toyota Soarer – a rare 3-litre car.
On a smaller scale, they’ll have Simon Carr’s delightful Honda Civic Mk1, as well as the Nissan Sunny pick-up of Ross Hancox and Jack Lloyd’s Honda CRX – a car which has undergone much restoration work.
There will be staff cars too, including editor Ian Seabrook’s shabby daily driver Honda S-MX, history buff Eddie Rattley’s Nissan Prairie and brochure man Dan Hirst’s fifth-gen Honda Prelude.
Elsewhere, expect to see Ian McHattie’s Mazda MX-5, complete with its throttle-body conversion. Also, Alan Bradley will be bringing his Isuzu VehiCROSS – one of the most unusual off-roaders ever made. Grant Bolton will be showing his tidy Honda Accord Aerodeck and Pete Fyson his lightly-modified 1976 Datsun Laurel.
Full details of the show, the cars and the various activities can be found over at Japfest, or via the official Japfest Facebook page and Japfest Twitter. Entry tickets are available via the website, with the option of overnight camping.