Castle Combe’s dedicated Japanese car show – JDMCombe – returned to the Wiltshire venue on Saturday, 9 July, proving to be another spectacular day for all in attendance.
With the mid-summer sun beaming down throughout, the event was jam-packed with stunning automotive exotica from the Land of the Rising Sun both on and off the circuit.
The event was once again proudly supported by Link ECU – the world’s leader in custom engine management solutions and a favourite for Japanese car owners in particular. The firm’s stand in the heart of the thriving Trade Village area not only housed some of the finest vehicles in the event, but also a team of knowledgeable staff who were on-hand to discuss individual show-goers’ needs.
As with all of Combe’s ‘Action Day’ events, the backbone of JDMCombe was undoubtedly the sea of static display vehicles spread around the entire site. With over 1500 cars to feast over, divided between hundreds of dedicated car clubs, this really was a sight for sore eyes.
Also in the display areas was the Show & Shine competition – a range of 25 hand-picked cars that were there battling it out for the top spot. This year sponsored by local car cleaning gurus, Bristol Detailing Supplies, the judges unsurprisingly found it very difficult to decide who deserved the final awards the most.
Eventually, however, the winners were crowned as:
Show & Shine
3rd: Chris Presley, Honda Civic Type R (FD2)
2nd: Ben Boswell, Honda S2000
1st: Robert Makowski, Subaru WRX STI
Detailer’s Choice Award: James Chew, Honda Civic Type R (EK9)
Car of the Show: Dave Winless, Honda Integra Type R (DC5) with M&M wide-body kit
Club of the Show: RX-8 Owners’ Club UK – a mammoth stand which was set up to celebrate 55 years of the Mazda rotary engine. Featuring countless modern-day Mazda sports cars, as well as a handful of stunning, super-rare classics.
Out on the 1.85-mile circuit itself, there was public Japanese-only track time and parade laps available throughout the day, reminding us just how impressive Japanese sports cars can be when driven on the limit.
In-between the track action, no less than three drifting demonstrations took place, with some seriously talented drivers kicking up smoke for the thrilled audiences.
Castle Combe Circuit will play host to a number of similar ‘Action Day’ shows before the year’s out, including Forge Action Day on 3 September and Halloween Action Day on 29 October. For full listings, please click here.