According to JPCCNI’s Facebook page, “If you are into Japanese performance cars then the Japanese Performance Car Club Northern Ireland is the place for you,” and having been to a few of their events now, I couldn’t agree more.

Established seven years ago, this club is responsible for regular cars and coffee meets at Lisburn’s Applegreen service station, a static show held at Loughgall Country Park, a charity show held at, and in aid of Killard House School, and more recently an indoor event, held at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast.

Attracting a substantial crowd, no matter what they do, JPCCNI have welcomed unique Japanese vehicles spanning many decades to their events and meets. A great mix of vehicles is guaranteed, and quite often I see vehicles that either I never knew existed, or that I simply have never seen in the flesh before.

Back in 2019, JPCCNI came up with the idea of a ‘Back to Skooled’ car show that would bring like-minded enthusiasts together at the end of the summer at Killard House School in Donaghadee, with all proceeds being donated to the school after the event.

The most recent instalment of this very relaxed event took place on Sunday 3 September 2023. And after a week of torrential rain, the sun shone bright across the picturesque County Down town to welcome hundreds of petrol heads through the school gates.

Open to all makes and models of cars and bikes, from any era, there really was something for everyone on display. Simon, alongside a strong team of five club members have made this, and all the other events run seamlessly for years. But with growth of their events, three more members have been entrusted to assist in the running of events moving forward.

Supported this year by other car clubs and individuals, as well as the JPCCNI community, a grand total of £1,575.75 was collected at the gate, all of which goes directly to Killard House School. 

Since inception of the ‘Back to Skooled’ show, JPCCNI has donated over £5,000 to this great co-educational controlled school which provides high quality specialist provision for approximately 220 pupils aged 4-19 with a range of additional complex learning needs.


Graham is a photojournalist and motoring writer with over 20 varied years of coverage from manufacturer press launches to international motorsport and motoring events throughout the world. Graham is a full member of the Guild of Motoring Writers and Ulster Motor Writers Association.