Japanese Auto Extravaganza 1997

With the cancellation of pretty much all car shows this year thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic , I figured a good substitute would be some show photos galleries from the archives. I’ll be posting a few throughout the year, all of which are from shows I attended before Ratdat.com existed. In fact, before I was even online or had a computer!
This selection of rather small pics are from the very first Japanese Auto Extravaganza (JAE) I attended at Billing Aquadrome in Northampton in 1997. This event was to become an annual pilgrimage until it simply became too large, with floods of modern performance cars turning up each year. My rides at the time were the two shown above. My Datsun 1000 wagon and my Cedric lowrider, complete with frshly installed hydraulics. It rained almost consistently all weekend long, but it was still fun enough for us to return the following summer. I wonder how many of these cars still exist 23 years on. Amazingly, both of mine do…

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Run to the Sun 1995

With the cancellation of pretty much all car shows this year thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic , I figured a good substitute would be some show photos galleries from the archives. I’ll be posting a few throughout the year, all of which are from shows I attended before Ratdat.com existed. In fact, before I was even online or had a computer!
Run to the Sun was, at one time, the top show of the year for me. Held in Newquay in Cornwall early every summer, it was always a riot of drunken campsite shenanigans, water pistol fights, loud music and awesome cars of all types, from classics and hot VWs, to hot rods and lowriders. This small gallery comprises of 35mm snaps from the event 25 years ago! The variety is pretty evident…

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Festival of the Unexceptional: Concours

This event is always great. A proper concours but for mundane, but often very rare cars. Not only does it pull in the ordinary, the weird and the unusual, all in show condition for judging, but there’s a car park full of awesome stuff too. I took a lot of photos so it’s coming in two batches. First up, the concours entrants…

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Spring Japfest 2016: Part 1

We were invited by Retro Japanese Magazine to display a couple of our cars on their stand at Japfest, a show we had never attended before. So we took our ’85 Cherry Europe GTi and ’62 Bluebird Estate along to Silverstone to check it out. Japfest is undeniably huge, and while largely dominated by modern-ish performance cars, there’s plenty there for fans of classic Japanese machinery. I took a lot of photos so I’m going to split them into two posts. First up are the older Nissans and Datsuns…

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Japan Classic Sunday 2014

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This is an event which we have been meaning to attend for many years, and I’m pleased to say, we’ve finally done it… and boy was it was well worth the trip! After travelling over to the Netherlands a couple of days beforehand, we were fortunate enough to be able to stay with our friends Iwan and Patrick who were organising the show. It is the first time in many years that I have been able to see their Datsun collection in person and it is pretty amazing. I’ll post up some pictures some time, but for now I’m just going to post up some pictures from the show itself, which considering it is only a one day event, had an incredible turnout of classic Japanese cars, with a few real rarities! We will definitely be back again next year! Click through to take a look…

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Retro Rides Gathering 2014 – Camping

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As I alluded to in the first Retro Rides Gathering post, a huge part of the whole event is the camping and socialising, which gets going on Friday afternoon. The field provided this year struggled to accommodate the number of people, but thankfully the rain held off so we didn’t have to endure camping in a swamp. Aside from the normal drunken shenanigans that you would expect at any event like this (and there are plenty), there is also a Charity ‘Tat’ Auction held. Motoring junk, accessories, books and assorted parts from gasket sets to wheels, all went under the hammer with the proceeds going to charity.

Strolling round the site, beer in hand, is the perfect way to soak up the atmosphere and meet new friends, as well as get a good look at some of the cars. The Sunday show actually comes second to the camping for most of the regulars and it’s not hard to see why. It’s informal, it’s friendly and best of all it’s lots of fun. Click through for the pics…

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Retro Rides Gathering Show 2014

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Having missed last years Gathering due to being on holiday in France at the time, I was determined not to miss it again. For the last couple of years it’s been held at Prescott Hillclimb, but had outgrown the venue, so this year it moved to Shelsey Walsh hillclimb. This provided a great new location, with plenty of space, which was just as well as the show itself was enormous! As always there was a terrific variety of cars on show and in action on the hill climb. This really as an event with something for everyone.

It’s also become a bit of an unofficial get together for the Datsun Club UK and this year there was a pretty decent turnout of Datsuns. In fact, there were enough Datsuns on show to warrant a separate post. So I will do just that, followed by some shots from the campsite. The weekend camping is such an integral part of the Retro Rides Gathering experience that it’s pretty much essential in my view, but if you want to take part be sure to get in early as tickets sell out quite early. Roll on RRG15!

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