There’s some big celebrations planned for this year’s Japfest at Silverstone on the 6th May, as Toyota’s legendary AE86 Corolla turns 35, while both the Mazda RX-7 and Toyota Supra celebrate the big four zero.
To mark this occasion we’re putting on three anniversary displays that will showcase the best examples of these Japanese icons from across the UK.
These cars will also be taking to Silverstone’s famous tarmac for special parade laps of the legendary circuit.
Rotary Motion 40 Years RX-7 Display
In 1978 Mazda launched its first generation of the now legendary RX-7. Sharing the same front engine, rear-drive characteristics that made the AE86 so popular, the RX-7 was an instant success in Japan.
The second generation FC was launched seven years on and carried on the car’s popularity, although for many, it was the third generation FD that really propelled this car to icon status with the first-ever massed-produced sequential twin turbo engine, the 13B-REW at its heart.
Twenty-six years on, the FD RX-7 is as pretty and as popular as ever. You’ll be sure to see many of these iconic cars spread out throughout the show but make sure to check out all three generations at the Anniversary Display. They’ll also be taking to the track at 10:30 for their parade lap.
Toyota Corolla AE86
The fifth generation of Toyota’s Corolla was launched in 1983 and its lightweight chassis, tuneable 4A-GEU engine and rear wheel drive configuration soon helped it become a legend amongst the modified car community.
These assets made the AE86 perfect for all types of motorsport but the Hachi-Roku (which means 86 in Japanese) will always be associated with drifting amongst the Japanese car fraternity. They are still a desirable choice amongst modern day drifters, although appreciating prices have made them less common on the drift circuit in recent years, having said that you’ll still spot a couple making smoke in Japfest’s Drift Kings competition.
Make sure you get trackside for that and the AE86’s parade lap that’s taking place at 10:00.
Just like Mazda, Toyota also launched their now legendary sports coupe in 1978; we are of course talking about the first generation Supra that was derived from the Toyota Celica.
It wasn’t until 1986 that the Supra became a standalone model and in 1993 the Mk4 was launched with a twin turbo, straight six engine to take on Nissan’s mighty GT-R. This RB26 V 2JZ rivalry still lives on today and many battles have been lost and won on the track, drag strip and street.
You’ll see every generation of the Supra in our all encompassing Anniversary Display, from classic Celica Supra to hero-power MK4 builds. Get trackside at 12:00 to see these cars in action on their parade lap.
For the latest info and ticket information see Japfest Silverstone