|Nissan’s Skyline has been named the most iconic model ever ahead of Europe’s biggest Japanese car celebration. The Nissan Skyline beat the Toyota Supra and Subaru Impreza WRX for the top honors.|
The Japfest, Europe’s biggest Japanese cars and Culture exhibition, is scheduled to take place on 24 April at the home of British Motorsports, the Silverstone Circuit. Japfest has moved to Silverstone after reaching capacity at its previous venue with over 16,000 attendees and 3,500 cars on display or on the circuit. The extra space at the home of British Motor Sport means more track time and more features than ever before.
The new, more central, venue is a significant part of Japfest’s broader expansion, as the most firmly established series of Japanese car events in the UK. In 2016, Japfest Rock! (the new name for Japfest 2) returns to Rockingham Motor Speedway on 26 June and also has track time available, while a brand new, third Japfest event has also been added to the calendar, Japfest Motorsport Heroes. Taking place at the Hop Farm near Paddock Wood, Kent, on 11 September, Japfest Motorsport Heroes will be a special event celebrating some of the most iconic and significant Japanese cars from the world of motor sport, along with their road going equivalents.
The Nissan Skyline needs no further introduction as it is made famous by the Playstation Generation and the popular Gran Turismo Real Driving Simulatpr game. The organizers of the show, which will be held for the first time this year at Silverstone, Northants, carried out a survey among its social media followers to see which performance car would be identified as the most iconic model in Japanese car culture. The voters picked the Nissan Skyline over the Supra and Impreza as the clear winner.
Like the game, the Skyline was developed through multiple generations, each one faster and more advanced than its predecessor. The Skyline name has since become synonymous with Japanese performance tuning, and a bumper turnout of Skylines is expected at this year’s Japfest events.
Katherine Chappell. Event Manager of the Japfest, said, “The Nissan Skyline is one of the cars that really kicked off the Japanese tuning craze, so it’s no surprise to see that it’s been named as the most iconic Japanese performance car of all time. Japfest is a real celebration of the culture that it, in part, created, and we look forward to celebrating its success this year among the event’s festival atmosphere.”