Back for its 11th year, Japfest, Europe’s biggest Japanese car event, returned to Castle Combe Saturday.

Being deep in rural Wiltshire, getting to the circuit can be an issue, with some people queueing into the afternoon for last years event. Despite some doubters though, it seems the improvements made this year alleviated the epic queues.

Jap Fest 2013

The weather forecast for the day was a little sketchy but in a break from recent form, the British weather decided it would spare us the worst and just drizzle once or twice. Just enough to make proud owners reach for their polishing cloths.

Japfest seems to get busier each year

The rain held off. Mostly.

Proving this really is Europe’s largest Japanese car show, club stands lined the course from Bobbies to Quarry Corner with every major Japanese marque represented.

Large club turn out

Track sessions ran throughout the day giving the 16,000 strong crowd plenty to watch, with some great Jap machines taking to the circuit.

The 240Z is a Combe regular

Topping the bill was the Drift Kings competition. Open to anyone with a competition drift license and judged on “Style, Smoke, Skill and Entry Speed!” during 3 sessions over the day. Plenity of favourites from the BDC and Drift Allstars championships took part, including Drift Allstar Walton Smith in his RB-powered Subaru and Matt Samuel from the BDC.

Walton Smith in action

Matt went on to take 1st place in his Nissan 300ZX.

Drift Kings winner, Matt Samuel

Seeing these machines barelling down Avon Rise and sliding sideways into Quarry at over 100 miles per hour was a sight to behold.

Walton Smith wowing the 16,000 strong crowd

If you can’t wait until next year Japfest2 takes place on the 7th July at Donnington. Full details at

Promo girl enjoying the brief sunshine at Jap Fest 2013

Under the bonnet Jap Fest 2013

Bespoke alloys at Jap Fest 13

Nissan 370Z Gt Cabriolet and friends

Nissan 200 SX

Promo girl at Jap Fest 2013

Nissan Skyline at Jap Fest 2013

Jap Fest promo staff

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