Japfest 2010

Posted by Will Epps on 16th May in Will Epps.
Anthony Cahills Sileighty 200sx

Intro: My name’s Will Epps, I’m from Cheshire and I take photo’s…

So without further ado, welcome to my first Drifted.com post!Well the day started by seizing a CV joint (damn french cars) on the way to show which caused us a bit of a hassle but that’s life in a modified car right? When I finally arrived, after a long crawl at 10mph, the sun was shining and the cars were already smoking, I opened my car door to be greeted by thick opaque smoke, courtesy of Phil Morrison from Driftworks in his 666bhp Nissan Silvia S15.

Phil Morrison 200sx S15

In my (and a few others) eyes, this car really was the smoke machine of the day. So much so I struggled to get decent photo’s of the rounds he was out ’cause I couldn’t see anything from the spectator’s stands! The car’s 2JZGTE engine manages to light up Federals 595 drift rubber no problem.

Phil Morrison 200sx Tyre

These tyres are just one lap old – It’s a good job Driftworks are sponsored!

Dan Chapman Driftworks

Some sports people like to breath deep, some like to meditate, some like to read books…

Dan Chapman doesn’t need to prepare cause he’s on fire, this shot was taken 2 or 3 seconds before he went off to give it a 110% run. See the concentration?

Japfest 2010 Castle Combe

The crowds were huge with plenty of them wearing hardly any clothes thanks to the amazing sunshine we had all day. I’ve not seen a drift event as busy as this one before, goes to show drifting is getting BIG. I can’t wait to see how it’s going to advance in the near future, things can only get bigger and better!

Dragon Performance

Ross and all his crew from Dragon Performance had their new secret project on show. They won’t reveal what this shell’s going to be powered by… A boosted triple rotor perhaps? I know I’d love to see that!

Toyota Corolla AE86

There was a huge variety of cars at the show from completely standard classic metal, to 400bhp 4wd hatchbacks. The Toyota Corolla is a little fetish of mine and this ’86 Levin really tickled my fancy. Sadly I didn’t manage to find the owner so I don’t have an awful lot to write about it!

Nissan 200sx S13

As well as big sponsor shiny cars there were some beautiful private owned cars. These guys show that you don’t need all the money in the world to make a car your own. This S13 200sx (sadly I couldn’t find the owner again) was absolutely stunning. Shabby body work, parking dents and hand painted body parts added to the cars character, whilst cut slicks, no interior and a single unpadded sparco kept things in check round the corners.

It was quite possibly my favourite car of the entire show, and I’d love to shoot it in detail, so if anyone knows the hero who created this monster tell them to get in touch!

Drift cars motorway services

The day came to a close and me and my lift had to find a way home. The broken CV joint meant we were going no where. After a 5 hour wait for a flat bed to come and pick us up we were on the road heading back to Cheshire. We stopped off at a motorway services to get some diesel for the lorry…

Just as we head in look who I spotted having a kip!

Note: Park it like you show it.

Well that’s it for my first post, hope you’ve all enjoyed it and hope to see plenty of feedback!

Will Epps

Written by Will Epps


  • And thanks for all the responses guys looking forward to future posts!

  • Teggers

    I’ll let them know 😉

    Know what you mean about the camera 🙁 Having to rely on everyone elses pics isn’t good.

    Its a bit bulky to wander round with all the time though – especially when we have baby paraphenalia to lug around too!! Although the buggy comes in handy as most people give way to us, we can carry purchases in it but don’t want to leave and expensive camera in there.

  • I wish I had the dedication to walk with my camera. I’m always gutted when I miss a potential awesome photo!

  • Will Epps

    I can’t find any shots of it I’m sorry dude! Devastation about the camera, I have to take mine every where with me now, whether it’s work or the corner shop it’s always in my hand.

    As for the 86’s I’d love it if you could get in touch with them, or even forward them onto me? If they want tell them to drop me a message at [email protected]

    Cheers Teggers!

  • Teggers

    That’d be cool if you do mate! Mine was the blue kitted 14a (R***REW) on the corner of the SXOC stand about 3 meters away from Cornwalls 😉 Was gutted to arrive thinking my other half had brought her DSLR only to find that she thought I had put it in the car…

    BTW, there are a couple of guys I know with the ’86’s. One of which is an ex-Touge Hero’s car. I’m pretty sure they’d be up for a shoot if you’d be interested.

  • Will Epps

    And thanks for all the responses guys looking forward to future posts!

  • Will Epps

    Which car’s yours again Teggers? I didn’t have my note pad at hand on the day :S
    I’ll see if I’ve got some good shots of it for you, maybe post a few up 😉

  • Teggers

    Great pics there! I’m sure my car was in stealth mode as I’ve seen hardly any pics of it! And I was rocking a Drifted.com sticker…

    Would be cool to see a full-on shoot of corwalls S13 😉

  • Cornwall

    Wow, I’m a hero 😀

    That’s my ratty s13 which got a huge amount of attention, more than my hang over could deal with. Glad you liked it fella, as it states under the bonnet (hidden away) “I don’t do pretty!”. I didn’t fancy following the trends with big rotas, drift body kits and crazy jap exhausts, just wanted a look that suited me.

    Would love to get some shots done with you, I gave Quail my email address so i am sure he will pass it on. If not, you can find me on the sxoc.com/vbb.



  • Fantastic coverage Will! Welcome mate.
    I love your style of editing, very crisp and interesting looking, great work!

  • Panda

    Great stuff, nice write up and agree on the S13 😉
    What camera setup were you using? Seen a bunch of other ‘togs around, may have even spotted you! =]

  • James

    cornwall from SXOC owns the S13. It’d just got back from the Nurburgring, hence the dirt and R888s. Sure he’d do a shoot with you, I’ll link him to this post later.

  • Nice work, man!

  • Great shots Will! I’ll try and get hold of the owner of the flared S13 for you!

  • Masher

    Mint blog…Quality photo’s

  • Ian.G

    Nice work guys!

  • Sweet, first time in bout 5 years I couldnt make japfest.. unhappy 🙁

  • Great shots Will! Welcome to the site.


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