JapShow Finale

JapShow Finale 2019

Sunday 29th September - Santa Pod Raceway

With Saturday Night Special RWYB on Saturday 28th September 2019

As the season closer Jap Show Finale is your last chance to get your car out there before winter draws in. We have something for everyone with the country's quickest cars competing in the FWD Drag Series, Show Paddock, public Run What Ya Brung open to everyone including bikes, Trade area, Show & Shine, Club displays, Drifting, Jet Dragster, Stunts and more!

So leave those winter wheels off for the weekend and hit the strip at Santa Pod.

JapShow Finale 2018 Highlights Video

JapShow Finale 2018 Gallery

View photos from JapShow Finale 2018 on the Facebook Photo Gallery page.

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JapShow Finale 2018 Report

The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it! Despite a wet and windy start to the day, come the afternoon it was blue skies and sunshine! Dedicated to showcasing power, performance and perfection, we witnessed an exhilarating line up of Japans fastest and finest masterpieces. The Show Paddock, Club Displays, FWD Drag Series and RWYB presented some legendary machines in true Jap style.

The Show Paddock hosted the Autoglym Show & Shine Competition, displaying some fantastic high-spec vehicles making it difficult for the judges to decide. These fantastic machines are really worth admiring, the winners were as follows:

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Best of Show: Darren Wade – 1985 Toyota Celica XT (Gen 3) – Red.
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Top 5: Vinod Orie – 2005 Mitsubishi Evo 8 – Candy Red- One off body kit by charge speed, Hand built audio by Vinod himself. A complete one off and the only one like it in the country.
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Top 5: Marcin Pzylak – 1999 Skyline R35 GTR.
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Top 5: Peter Linnett. – 1995 Mitsubishi FTO, yellow, polished engine.
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Top 5: Gary Baker – Nissan cube rider – White. JDM cube, rider model, one of 3 in the UK
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Best Retro: Phil Cheesmur – 1982 Datsun 2802X 2+2.
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Judges Choice: Andrew Summersgill- 1997 Nissan March Cabriolet- orange.

FWD DRAG SERIES
It was all to play for as JapShow Finale hosted the final round of the FWD Drag Series. Round 5 saw some very close competition with Phil Reeves taking #1 qualifier with a 9.46 @ 155.22mph. It was neck and neck, Honda vs Ford between Dan Frost and Phil Reeves in the semifinal with just 0.02 of a second between them – Dan won the race but unfortunately crashed in the shutdown area putting an end to his final appearance; Allan Duthie had a bye run due to Paul Atkinson breaking on his qualifier. In an unpredictable turn of events, Allan went on to win Round 5 with another bye run, 10.58 @ 144.84mph. Well done Allan. A massive congratulations to Phil Reeves for winning the 2018 Championship and well done to Runner up Dan Frost. 

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FWD DRAG SERIES ROUND 5 - WINNER: Allan Duthie RUNNER UP: Dan Frost
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2018 CHAMPIONSHIP – WINNER: Phil Reeves RUNNER UP: Dan Frost
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2018 Jap Drag Series – WINNER: Jeff Ludgate

As always the RWYB competition saw some exhilarating competition throughout the classes; we witnessed full throttle action as an array of Japanese cars flew down the track at some impressive speeds. The winners of the RWYB classes are as follows:

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Class A: Nissan GTR – orange – Rabnawaz Khan. 11.1952 @ 122.09.
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Class B: Toyota Supra – Jaro Besterci. 13.4037 @ 112.50.
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Class C: Honda civic – Tom Shepherd. 12.5951@ 123.39.
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Class D: Mitsubishi X - Phillip Price. 12.3587 @ 110.58.
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Class E: Subaru WRX – Tim Bedford. 10.8918 @ 125.11
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Class F: Mazda MX5 NC – James Burke. 15.6998 @ 87.37.
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Class G: Suzuki Swift Sport – Aimee fox. 17.0567 @ 81.85.
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Class H: Suzuki Hayabusa – Chris Neary. 8.3464 @ 165.45.
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Class X: Honda Civic – Lisette de Konning. 11.7744 @199.59.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Throughout the day the legend himself DJ Richie Don kept us entertained with the perfect JapShow Finale soundtracks on the live stage as well as the incredible Dance Dynamo’s ‘OK Worldwide’ with their incredible dance displays, flips and tricks. The Live Action Arena left us as astounded as ever with stunt extraordinaires Lee Bowers and Team Maximum Lock, on top form with their breath-taking displays, as well as insane drifting and burning rubber galore over in our drift arena. Not forgetting the Fireforce Jet Funny Car tearing down the ¼ mile in an incredible 5.25 seconds at 230mph!

From all of us here at Santa Pod, we would like to thank everyone who attended JapShow Finale 2018, we hope you had a brilliant day!

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Please be aware that on the routes leading to Santa Pod Raceway, local Police will be carrying out Speed Enforcement Operations during the event and they will also be targeting other traffic offences in relation to Seat Belts, use of Mobile Phones and Illegal Number Plates etc.


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