Japfest Rock! at Rockingham Motor Speedway turned out to be a real crowd puller, with 7,000 fans of Japanese performance cars turning up to see some of the finest cars from the Jap scene and take part in the day’s festival atmosphere.
As usual, the passenger drift rides, where showgoers got to travel sideways with professional drifters, were a massive hit, as were the new-for-2016 highlights of monster truck rides and helicopter flights above the Northamptonshire circuit.
Almost 1,000 of the finest cars on the scene were exhibited as part of the event’s club and individual displays, including a special 40 car line-up from the Mazda MX-5 Owners Club and a special ‘Best of Boxer’ display, celebrating 50 years of Subaru’s rally-winning flat-four engine.
The coveted best club stand award went to Fitment Junkies for their diverse line-up, while the Wheel Whores Best Wheels award went to Karl Green for his Honda Civic Type-R.
The overall shown and shine winner was Alan Moss, for his 2010 Subaru WRX STi.
Event manager Katherine Chappell said: “This year’s Japfest Rock was really well attended, proving just how important the Japfest series of events are in the scene calendar. Having seen the original Japfest grow this year, a strong turnout at Rockingham proves just how much of a thriving Japanese car scene there is in the UK.”