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Japshow Finale 2015 Report
JapShow Finale 2015 was an absolute corker and with a bumper attendance it was the perfect way to round off the 2015 show season. Champions were crowned and awards were won both on and off the track.
There was a last minute change to the programme as the FireForce 3 Jet Funny Car was subbed out for the more aerodynamic FireForce 5 Jet Dragster but none of us could predict what we were about to witness. Martin Hill and the team produced a stunning new PB of 5.16 at an astonishing 288mph.
The Millers Oils Jap & Competition Clutch FWD Drag Series’ reached their conclusion over the weekend and a number of titles went down to the wire.
The FWD title was already settled coming into this round but the runner up spot was hotly contested. A pretty dominant performance saw Paul Atkinson secure the runner up spot. Paul took the number 1 qualifier position with a 10.05, getting ever closer to that magic 9 second ET, before going on to defeat Ben Dalgleish in the final.
The Jap Drag Series Street class came down to the very final run where the championship was to be decided between the 2 Skylines of Jeff Ludgate and David Greenhalgh. Greenhalgh led the way after qualifying by just under 2 tenths. won by David Greenhalgh in his GTR34 Skyline.
Competition Clutch FWD Drag Series
Winner Paul Atkinson, runner-up Ben Dalgleish
Millers Oils Jap Drag Series- Pro Class
Winner Gary Gooding, Runner-up
Millers Oils Jap Drag Series- Street Class
Winner David Greenhalgh, runner-up Jeff Ludgate
The Live Action Arena was thriving all day long with drift rides from some professional drivers plus a live action showcase with some mammoth jumps from the Podzilla Monster truck as well as the Broke FMX motocross team. There Santa Pod drift car was also burning rubber with Michelle Westby at the helm and there was a precision drifting display from the Maltese trio of Team Maximum Lock.
As usual, the Show & Shine provided the customary headaches for the judges due to the extremely high quality of entries which resulted in, what could be, some controversial decisions:
Best In Show
In what was probably a controversial decision Best in Show was awarded to this custom “mini monster truck”. What really won this Hilux points was the face that the underneath of this car was on the same level as the bodywork!
2nd in Show
Wayne’s Subaru was a great all round car with mods in all the right places but the custom hydro-dipping touches is what really caught the judges attention.
3rd in Show
Subaru WRX STI
This mint Subaru had the whole package with tidy boot installs, pristine exterior, interior and spotless engine bay.
Derrick Burgess is a frequent winner of the best Retro class here at Santa Pod and since the full restoration undergone, the car has been kept in pristine nick.
Nissan Elgrand Rider S
This awesome minivan featured modern mods with a wicked retro twist. Sticking your head in the back of this van was like taking a trip to 80’s Japan.
The Best Bike class saw only 3 entries but Rich deservedly ended up on top of the pile. This 215bhp pocket rocket was sporting a full fairing facelift conversion with full respray and more.
The RWYB was non-stop all day long with almost every Japanese vehicle you can think of putting pedal to the metal and hitting the ¼ mile. The competition was fierce and the overall winners had to produce some incredible times to secure the trophies:
Nissan / Datsun / Infiniti
8.7197 @ 160.21mph
Toyota / Lexus
11.3634 @ 126.50mph
Honda / Acura
12.0864 @ 133.32mph
Mitsubishi / Proton
10.3138 @ 145.71mph
10.9180 @ 131.78mph
Richard Thomas Davis
13.0572 @ 105.44mph
Suzuki / Daihatsu / Isuzu
13.1673 @ 112.23mph
9.9914 @ 150.12mph
Non Road Legal (inc. cars on slicks) and Non Jap Cars, Non Jap Bikes and Demo Cars & Bikes
8.3923 @ 168.56mph
The winner of the Podkhana competition was Dmitrij Sribnyj in his Subaru.
Winner Dmitrij Sribnyj - Subaru
Thanks to all of the racers, car clubs and spectators who came to JapShow Finale, we look forward to seeing you back next year!