Hot on the heels of the most successful Japfest ever, which attracted over 20,000 Japanese performance fans, there’s only a month to go until the second of 2016’s Japfest events draws in the crowds – and the cars!
Taking place at the centrally-located Rockingham Motor Speedway, Corby, Northants, on Sunday June 26, Japfest Rock! is the new name for Japfest 2, and reflects more of its festival atmosphere, as well as its location at Britain’s only full-sized banked oval race track.
Headlining the day’s attractions will be a live demo from the VTEC Challenge series racers. The Honda-only race series will be at full-throttle on the Rockingham National Circuit as they demonstrate the thrills and spills of the famously high-revving engine type, found in the CR-X, Civic, Integra, Accord, Prelude and S2000.
If you’re thinking about getting into racing, or just want to salivate over some seriously sorted Hondas, pop over to the VTEC Challenge Paddock and have a chat with the friendly competitors who make up the grid.
Another big draw will be the show’s Drift Passenger Rides, which were a massive hit in 2015. The rides are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sit alongside a professional drifter and experience true sideways-all-the-way action, all for just £15 for three laps.
Alternatively, those wanting to take their own cars on the Rockingham circuit can do so, with a number of track time slots available during the day – the sessions are for all abilities and last for 20 minutes.
The action sits alongside a traditional Show & Shine, which brings together the best standard and modified cars from the UK’s active Japanese scene. Whether it’s an impeccably-detailed rebuild, quarter-mile demon or highly-tuned track weapon, you’re guaranteed to be impressed. Japfest Rock! has narrowed down all the entries to pick the top cars to display at the event, where someone will be crowned Show and Shine champion for 2016.
In addition, a large and diverse range of Japanese club machinery will be on display. Expect to see a massive variety of Japanese performance icons from all the main marques, alongside a paddock of individual entries for non-club cars.
Aside from the cars there’s the opportunity to hunt for parts and regalia within the Japfest Rock! Retail Village. Sandwiched between the track action and club cars, the Retail Village is packed with everything and anything you could need for your car, including Japanese car parts, accessories, clothing and much more.
Finally, Japfest Rock! has teamed up with Wheel Whores to find the best set of wheels at the show. A team of expert judges will be scouting the showground for their favourite wheels throughout the day. The winner will receive a Wheel Whores trophy and goodie bag worth £60.
Advance weekend tickets are now available for just £22 and include camping on the Saturday evening, while advance entry tickets can also be purchased for £15, a saving of £5 on the gate price. Up to two Under 14s go free with each paying adult.
To find out more, or to buy tickets, go to Japfest Rock