Europe’s largest all-Japanese car show set for Silverstone

Visitors check out the cars at 2016 all-Japanese car show | Japfest photos
Visitors check out the cars at 2016 all-Japanese car show | Japfest photos

Europe’s largest showcase of classic Japanese cars is scheduled April 30 at the Silverstone racing circuit in England.

The event known as “Japfest” moved to Silverstone last year and drew a record 20,000 people

Features this year include:

  • The British Drift Championships with the crowning of the “Drift Kings.”
  • The Mitsubishi Evo vs. Subaru Impreza standoff, a throwback to the days of Group A rallying, with each respective marque club nominating five cars for laps around the Silverstone Sprint Test and Handling Course, with the fastest combined scores winning for either the Evo or Impreza.
  • A 50-car display to celebrate the 10th anniversary in the UK of the Nissan GT-R.
  • Retrofest, a special area showcasing old-school Japanese classics.
  • Power Paddock, another special area showcasing cars with outstanding power-to-weight ratios.

Also on the schedule are a Show ’n’ Shine, club displays and a retail village featuring “everything you need to maintain and modify your Japanese car.”

Organizers also are planning a similar event July 1 at Donington Park as part of the Fast Car Festival.

For information, visit the event website.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.