Held at Silverstone (home of the British GP, amongst numerous other events), Japfest took place on the Sunday just gone. As the UK’s largest Japanese-only car show, there is a real array of styles to take in, with everything from competition drift cars to stance builds, circuit cars and slightly modified daily drivers jostling for your attention.

I didn’t get a chance to see all of the thousands of cars on display as I was only there for a few hours but, of the few hundred cars I did see, the ones that really stood out were those built in a subtle, period correct manner.

Amidst a sea of massive wings, retina-searing colours and occasionally poor execution, these “back to basics” style cars stood out like a sore thumb for all of the right reasons. While they may have been dismissed as being too plain just a few years ago, the recent shift in values and appreciation of “young timers” and “modern classics” has really changed perceptions of these memorable 80s and 90s (and sometimes older) models. Below are a few of my favourites from the day.

STL JAPFEST JZX81
STL JAPFEST JZX81
STL JAPFEST MICRA
STL JAPFEST MICRA
STL JAPFEST S14
STL JAPFEST S14
STL JAPFEST S14
STL JAPFEST S14
STL JAPFEST HAKOSUKA
STL JAPFEST
STL JAPFEST CRX
STL JAPFEST CRX
STL JAPFEST CRX
STL JAPFEST S14 TE37SL
STL JAPFEST TE37SL
STL JAPFEST CIVIC EF
STL JAPFEST CIVIC EF
STL JAPFEST CIVIC EF

Of course, this being Japfest, there were plenty of brilliantly executed cars that were far more extreme (visually, at least). A few of my favourites are pictured below.

STL JAPFEST RX7 FD3S
STL JAPFEST RX7 FD3S
STL JAPFEST IS200
STL JAPFEST IS200
STL JAPFEST FD3S RX7
STL JAPFEST FD3S RX7
STL JAPFEST FD3S RX7
STL JAPFEST R32
STL JAPFEST LOW ORIGIN PS13
STL JAPFEST Z34 370Z
STL JAPFEST MICRA
STL JAPFEST S15
326POWER clear D-REY headlight lenses
STL JAPFEST S15
STL JAPFEST S15
STL JAPFEST S15 326POWER YABAKING
STL JAPFEST S15 326POWER YABAKING
326POWER 18″ Yabaking Spoke wheels
STL JAPFEST JZX100
STL JAPFEST S15
STL JAPFEST S15
STL JAPFEST S14
STL JAPFEST S14
STL JAPFEST S14
STL JAPFEST PS13 ODYVIA
STL JAPFEST PS13 ODYVIA
STL JAPFEST PS13 ODYVIA
STL JAPFEST EG CIVIC
STL JAPFEST CIVIC EG
STL JAPFEST EG CIVIC
STL JAPFEST MICRA
STL JAPFEST CIVIC
STL JAPFEST CIVIC

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