Remember the good old days of Real Rallying? The decisive battles between the Subaru Impreza WRCs against rivals Mitsubishi Evos… Now, thanks to Europe’s biggest Japanese Car Show (Japfest), the iconic Subaru Impreza and Mitsubishi Evolution rally cars square off again in the realms of social media poll to pick out the ultimate Japanese rally car.

In the final votes, the Impreza pips the Evo to the post with 50.95% of the total votes cast, compared to the Evo’s 49.05%. The poll was created to raise awareness of a special Evo vs Impreza stand-off at the Japfest event. In addition, the poll  celebrated the old school rivalry between Subaru and Mitsubishi; going as far back to the mid-1990s.

Japfest will be putting the iconic rivals to the test, inviting clubs to nominate five cars each to take part. They will be given a slot to set the fastest time on the Silverstone Handling Course, with the fastest combined score winning for their club and their model.

Japfest is returning to Silverstone in 2017, after drawing a record crowd to the new venue when it moved there last year. Almost 20,000 people turned up, an increase of 20 per cent over the previous record achieved in 2015, and this year’s event looks set to be even more exciting, with a host of new features alongside some of the more traditional attractions.

The British Drift Championship drivers will again be in attendance, once more competing in the Drift Kings competition, guaranteeing some tyre-smoking, sideways action to thrill the crowds, alongside the opportunity for show visitors themselves to buy time to take their cars on the famous circuit.

Visitors will also be given the chance to win a Honda S2000, 2017 sees the Japanese company celebrating 50 years in the UK, and what better way to celebrate than by entering a competition to win one of its most appealing sports cars?

The S2000 was produced between 1999 and 2009 and was renowned for its high-revving VTEC engine and traditional rear-drive handling.

2017 also marks the 25th anniversary of the Honda Type R range, and Torque GT, the leading Japanese car import specialist in the UK, will be bringing a very special display highlighting the evolution of the Type R from its origins through to the latest models, along with an extremely rare FD2 Mugen RR. Exclusive to Japan, only 300 of these Mugen-spec’d cars were built, all in Milano Red. Only a handful of Mugen RR’s have been imported into the UK, so this is a very rare chance to see one in the metal.

Other new features for 2017 will include a ‘Retrofest’ paddock paying tribute to some of the most celebrated old school Japanese classics, and a special ‘Power Paddock’, a zone devoted to cars that rely completely on their power to weight ratio.

The new features come in addition to Japfest’s already established attractions, including a show ‘n’ shine sponsored by Valet Pro, individual and club displays and a sprawling retail village where you can find everything you need to maintain and modify your Japanese car.

A second Japfest event is also planned for later in the year, taking place at Donington Park on July 1 in conjunction with the Fast Car Festival.