There was a huge turnout to the Japanese Car Culture Show today at the Eikon Centre near Lisburn, with an incredibly high standard of modern Japanese classics and performance cars on show. This, the stiflingly hot weather, drifting, motocross bikes and a great atmosphere ranks this year’s event up with the very best car shows in the country.
If like me you grew up with Fast and Furious, Option Motorsport drift videos and the lust for a high revving honda or burbling boxer engined Subaru then this is the show of your Gran Tourismo dreams!
The event was superbly laid out with some great trade stands as well as everything from MX5s to Civic Type-Rs to Skylines, Supras and Evos.
This mk2 Escort slips in because of course it’s a Nissan at heart.
This rare Lexus/Altezza estate looked striking lowered on a set of Rota wheels. Speaking of estates…
This R34-fronted Nissan Stagea was just as striking.
No JDM show would be complete without the iconic 80s Hachi Roku/86 or as we like to call them, twin cams. Chris Gray’s example above is one of the most striking imports in the show.
Nothing can pull off a loud yellow like a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo that looks ready to race.
Outside the main halls included private entries near the hall entrance, whilst out at the rear there were trials bikes demos and drifting. With the great weather it was hard to beat sitting out in the grandstand or on one of the picnic tables with a burger and a coffee, with tyre smoke and fresh rubber filling the air. This really was an excellent day out with the owners of these iconic Japanese cars really making an effort to turn them out in concours standards.
We can’t wait for next year’s show already.