Modified Monsters and Standard Heroes


With the announcement that, the now highly popular, Japfest car show is moving to the iconic Silverstone Circuit for 2016 we started thinking about the world of modified cars and how Japanese cars now play such an enormous role in British motoring.

Japfest has now been a prominent feature on the British motoring calender for some years and after being run annually at Castle Combe it has been promoted to Silverstone. This is a major step for what started out as a niche festival to celebrate mainly imported cars like Nissan Skylines, Mistubishi FTOs and GTOs as well as more household names like Mazda MX5s and Eunos Roadsters. The popularity of these and many more Japanese cars is in no small way down to affordability and reliability.

Turning Japanese

The second hand market has always been a wash with essentially very high quality Japanese cars available for a fraction of the cost of a new car. However, the really important part of the story is that when these cars do break they do not cost that much to fix. Unlike German and even French brands the price to fix a Nissan for example is highly likely to be a lot lower. The other major plus point was that the Japanese do have a habit of making engines that love to be revved and they also like making very quick small engined hatchbacks. All of this added up to create a recipe for cheap reliable speed and also the potential for enormous amounts of tuning and modification.


We have all seen the Subaru Impreza’s with the big bore exhausts running around and they may sound a bit much sometimes. But, underneath there is a very quick car and with perhaps £1000 spend on one you get an even faster car. The same can be said for the older Nissan Skylines, Honda Civic Type R, Nissan 350Z and more. These cars are perfect for turning into road rockets or track day cars and many can see off a factory standard Porsche without breaking a sweat and leaving a number of red faced business men in their wake.


As well as lots modified cars you will also now see highly cherished and completely standard performance Japaese cars on the roads and at shows. Due to the high volume of modded versions the “clean” cars are now becoming quite sought after and you can be sure that there will be a number of them on the stands at Japfest.

Keeping Things as They Should Be

Which ever route the owners go down many of these cars are becoming classics. If someone has spent £1000 or £10,000 on modifying something like a 2002 Honda Civic they should be looking to make sure it stays on the road and stays safe. We fit and supply and vast number of car fire extinguishers for the modified and Japanese market for just that purpose. Whether they are used on track or on the road a fire extinguisher should be an essential part of the equipment in the car. The same can be said for factory standard cars, investing in a fire extinguisher system could help make sure something small like an electrical fault doesn’t result in the car being burnt out.

If you would like to have a chat about what car fire extinguisher would be right for your Japanese modified or standard car then get in touch and our team will be happy to help.


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