It might only be in its second year, but JDMCombe has already become a firm staple on any self-respecting Japanese car fanatic’s calendar. And with 2018’s instalment proving such a spectacular hit, it’s really not difficult to see why!
Castle Combe Circuit’s annual celebration of all things Japanese cars, JDMCombe once again descended onto the Wiltshire circuit on 2 June, bringing with it all manner of electrifying Japanese-themed action to ensure the thousands of show-goers who attended were never too far from an awe-inspiring spectacle.
With over 1500 top-quality club cars booked in several months before the event itself, it was unsurprising that the sea of static display cars proved to be nothing short of mesmerising. Amongst the countless clubs that attended, three awards were dished out by the event’s judges this year – with Best Small Club being received by NSX Club Britain, Best Large Club going to the Toyota Alphard Club, and the Overall Club award handed to the much-deserving Mitsubishi Lancer Register who once again put on an extremely professional display.
In the heart of the show, the static attractions were headlined by the Best of the Best stand – a hand-picked selection of 25 impressive show cars from throughout the country. This year supported by Honda tuning brand Spoon Sports, the cherry on the top of the display had to be the firm’s very own NSX-R race car that’d been shipped over from Japan just days before the event itself.
Nearby was the closely-contested Show and Shine competition. Featuring 25 of the cleanest cars around, the judges eventually handed out the top three trophies after much debate: with third place going to Matt Beddis and his turbocharged Lexus IS 200, second awarded to Dan Rudd and his immaculate Toyota Starlet Glanza, and the top spot given to Luke Colbourne with his spotless Mazda RX-7.
The circuit itself offered up equally high levels of excitement throughout the day, too. Scattered between the ample Japanese-only public track time were the spectacular drifting displays – this year supported by the event’s main sponsor – Link ECU – and adding a more competitive element for the first time. Consisting of three competitive rounds and with plenty of jaw-dropping manoeuvres performed by the pro drivers throughout, it was Adam Charville’s consistently amazing driving in his VR38DETT GT-R-powered S15 Silvia that eventually saw him come out on the top of the podium.
In the afternoon, the Top 50 Car Parade Lap provided an incredible sight out on the track. With the Top 25 Hondas of the event chosen by Spoon Sports, combined with the Top 25 general cars chosen by event organisers, the mix of metal was both eclectic and breath-taking in equal measures.
That just left the coveted Car of the Show award to be dished out – this year going to a well-deserved Geoff Hanson and his stunning, L28-powered Datsun 240Z race car with plenty of competitive history in both the USA and the UK. Showing us how JDM tuning used to be done in the good ol’ days, this retro beauty was unsurprisingly never seen without a huge crowd nearby.
Plans are already afoot for 2019’s JDMCombe, so keep your eyes peeled to www.jdmcombe.com for further announcements.