Japfest - 10th May
Journey in was ok, out not so good but that was down to the traffic leaving Badminton at the saame time, can't really blame Japfest for that.
My big problem with the day was that the organisers decided to stick us out in the middle of nowhere again. We may not be the biggest club attending but we bring some of the most uniquely japanese cars that attend and I think we deserve rather more recognition than this - I'm sure that people find far more interesting 3 or 4 of our cars than a couple of lines of 50 or so, nearly identical scoobys.
Saying that I still had a great day despite the weather. Thanks to everyone who came and supported the club - the day would have been nothing without you!
On a side note I have just completed the most onerous task I have ever had to do in relation to the club - just had to hoover up all the leaves (and 1 snail) that fell off the event shelter roof while I dried it out on the stairs - I hate hoovering!!!
Oh dear, sorry about that Don.
Yeah as Don said traffic in wasn't a problem at all for us. I think it was about 7ish when we got to the gates and it was pretty much a straight drive in. It's after that I got upset.
I've calmed down a lot since then though, so here's my more rational take on the events of the day.
First thing that upset me was hitting 4 pot holes on all 4 wheels (they were across the road so couldn't be avoided), then 1 crater on the driver's side which I thought blew the front tyre. Pulled over and looked but everything seemed fine. About 10mins later a deer ran out in the road and scared us both quite a bit (the deer and me, Jay wasn't bothered haha).
So, before we even got near the place I wasn't best pleased.
Got to the services at 5.15 and paid £5.80 for just 2 costas :'( but then kei cars started turning up so all the previous problems left my mind
We waited until 6.45 for the remaining 2 but had to give up and head off (I even walked to the other side of the motorway to make sure they weren't on the other side). As said, pretty straightforward getting in.
We drove in gate A and was waved over towards what was a public car park until last year... I was very confused but did as instructed. A guy with a clip board waved me down and asked which club. He then pointed to a spot on the map, far from the walkway and hidden by 4 other stands. My heart sunk, I was so disappointed.
Drove past the stand at first because the make shift access road looked like someone else's stand... Got out, checked the signs and my heart sunk again. We were in an invisible spot, hidden by 2 large clubs and 2 small clubs. I knew it would be impossible to see our tiny cars.
Still, no point ruining everyone else's day.
So we all set about working together as a team. The kindness and helpfulness of the KKITP members always brings a smile to my face. Darren began by clearing the mound of rotting grass from the middle of our stand and I reluctantly put out the banner, flags, posters, info sheets etc. With the help of everyone else.
We were however sheltered by the trees and close to proper toilets so that was a plus at least.
Soon the clubs around us engulfed us and we disappeared.
I tried to stay positive all day. Having such wonderful people around me helped though, their stories and good mood cheered me up a lot and I felt terrible that I had been the only one moaning. Everyone else had travelled too, and put a lot of effort into their cars. As ever I was proud of our stand. We were welcoming, friendly, approachable, and helpful. We offered shelter to those around us, even members of the public.
Our sweets went down well with those that did find us and almost all the little QR business cards went.
Driving out we were caught up with some of the horse trial traffic, some of the roads were closed but we got out so that was ok.
It was gutting to see the stands with prime position making no effort what so ever. Cars lined up like a car park, no banners, no flags, no info sheets, no shelter, nothing. I did note the S2000s lined up like they were all going around a corner, that was genius... Like us though they were hidden away. So all in all, disappointing, but the KKITP members yet again did the club proud so thank you to each and every one of you.
Just had a look at some of the clubs who had good spots, they didn't book until the end of Feb. We booked ours at the start of January... 'first come, first served' doesn't seem to tie up
Emily Bell wrote:
Sounds like you got a ruff deal right there wish i could have made it but hopfully soon i will meet you all in person, but does seem like becuase the little cars arent civics and normal stuff you see on the road every day seems they get shrugged off at shows like that when the true reality is that I can go to a small show down the road and have nothing but crowds of people asking me what the hell it is, seems like event organisers are the same but becuase there not your normal skyline civic stuff they push you to a corner.
But sometimes its just about being around the right people makes the day worth it no matter what.
Talking to a mate of mine who was on another Daihatsu stand seems like its the same situation there they were complaining that they were shoved in a corner as well becuase once again no one really knows what they are.
Seems crap to me but unforcanetly somtimes cant do anything about it.
I would like to apologise for making you wait as I was one of those who didn't turn up on time.
Everything was ready to go, woke up at half two to find a storm going on. Roads were either blocked by trees or flooded - welcome to Dorset
Kudos to all that arrived safely, dodgy roads and weather, it was windy the same week as last year although the pics
tell me a different story, meeting like minded owners wouldve made a nice change, im also a member of the DJCC who were next door to your stand so that makes me even more gutted I didn't go.
The point made about the siting of the stand is totally valid. When I was looking at the club map it made think whether anyone would bother going walking that far. The organisers have lost brownie points by lying about who goes where which is a shame because after all these years you would've thought a bit of a swopsy would be the order every year.
May I also add that a great opportunity was missed by the organisers by not placing the KKITP next to the JDM stand. If a KEI car is pure JDM then thats where you shouldve been.
Also thanks Emily for all your hard work and effort that went into Saturday
Ive also placed my car into the Bournemouth wheels festival at the end of the month so id be happy to help spread the word about KKITP
I too was very disappointed this year, unfortunately, you guys were so hidden that i didn't even get to see/meet anyone!!!
Me and fiends got angry at so much rat look tat that we left really quite early.
and is it just me, or does anyone notice the random renault in the corners of stands.
It seems there is know filter for what gets let in and out.
too say its the biggest 'JDM' show in europe its very disappointing, i met people that had flown in from mallorca and they thought no better.
As always though I think round 2 at donnington will do much better and hope to see you all there!!
keep them spirits high guys!!!
Well despite the weather, the hidden spot, the uneven ground(which I plowed), and the mound of grass left in the middle of the plot, both myself and Tracey had a great time.
On the plus sides I even got to brush up on my gardening skills lol.
Even though we were hidden away, those that found us all seemed to have lots of interest in our cars.
A massive thank you to em for spending the time creating all the spec sheets and QR sheets
And thanks to everyone who came, was great to relax n chat with you guys again (^_^)