Whether it’s the sound of drift cars’ tyres being shredded or the smell of burnt premium unleaded in the air, it’s not hard to tell when there’s another Japanese car show in town to amaze and inspire the crowds.
On Saturday 10th June, Castle Combe Circuit saw over 8,000 car fans descend onto its scenic grounds for the inaugural JDMCombe show: a completely new concept in car shows celebrating all things Japanese!
Following the circuit’s acclaimed ‘Action Day’ format, there was an abundance of fantastic spectacles for show-goers both on and off the Wiltshire race track. In the vast paddock area, a sea of over 1,500 static club cars were displayed by over 100 dedicated Japanese car clubs, from the likes of Impreza 22Bs through to ‘70s Datsuns. There was also an expanse of traders tempting punters with their great deals on car parts and cleaning accessories.
The excitement continued out on the circuit with a packed schedule of track time and drift displays spanning the entire day. Budding track day fans were able to take their own cars out for a spin in 15-minute time slots, while an array of both local and national drifters from various teams was brought together to produce three spectacular demos under the ‘JDMCombe Drift Collective’ outfit.
A fiercely-fought Show and Shine competition saw three of the most impressive Japanese show cars in the UK take to the podium. In third was Sam Spanswick with his timeless AE86 Toyota Corolla Trueno, while second place went to Ashley Lawton in his DC5 Honda Integra Type R on air ride (thought to be the only one of its kind in the country), with the top spot eventually going to Andrew Boyle in his EK9 Honda Civic Type R – beautifully restored and with an individual throttle body-clad, tucked engine bay.
With the sea of car clubs in attendance, choosing the Club of the Show was never going to be easy. Eventually, however, the judges chose Southern Subaru Car Club for its eye-catching display over at Tower Bank. Club secretary, Hay Bridge commented: “Thank you for choosing us as Club of the Show, we’ve had a fantastic day and have really enjoyed our location at Tower Bank, overlooking the track with spectacular views”.
Mark Luney (ex-championship drift driver) from Link ECU, shared his thoughts on JDMCombe’s debut: “What an outstanding event it’s been; it’s great to see the support of the Westcountry for a new event at Castle Combe”.
Keep your eyes peeled on the JDMCombe website for next year’s date!