This year's HKS IKO Competition was a challenge with the endless rain that arrived for JAE Saturday. However, we did run some competitions but, for safety reasons, some had to be delayed until the Sunday or did not take place. We want to thank all those hardy souls who turned up and made the HKS IKO even better than ever, just by your sheer determination not to let the weather beat us!
Saving the day (partly) on Saturday was the display by the locale Fire and Rescue Service who used their Jaws of Life to extract two people from a two-car smash. Preceded by a race around the venue on full Blues n Twos it was great to watch these experts at their very best showing how they are able to extract people from some pretty crumpled cars. Once we did get the HKS IKO underway however the Saturday saw some new winners and some regular competitors alike. But of course the HKS IKO is not just Saturday, there was the Dodo Juice Show n Shine which offered up points to the overall team competition and, of course, on Friday night the Kuiza and Kmikaze Wings. Winners for the JAE 2016 HKS IKO were:
On Sunday we ran some of the IKO from the Saturday. All the points earned on the Sunday will be carried forward for the totals for JAE HKS IKO 2017
First off a huge thank you to our Show n Shine sponsors Dodo Juice and also to Studio 448 who put the whole competition together. As a first ever indoor competition for JAE it was great to see some amazing cars and across a wide range of makes, models, marques and ages. If you missed a visit to the competition then you really missed out.
As well as winning coveted Dodo Juice prizes and, arguably more coveted, the title of Best by Manufacturer at JAE those from Car Clubs at the show also scored points towards the HKS IKO competition. A great result and a fantastic competition but for those from Car Clubs at JAE we take our hat off to you and the Car Clubs picking up valuable points for IKO were
Team Chasing 7
Well done all, see you at JAE next year!
As has become traditional at JAE the Saturday night fireworks is a time not only to cheer and celebrate a wonderful day at JAE but also a time to reflect on those no longer with us and people the Jap car Club community has lost over the years. The single firework at the start, followed by a minute's silence, is a poignant way to reflect and remember. For 2016 the event was made even more difficult for the family of Josh Rosenberg who, very sadly, lost his life in a car accident earlier this year. It was the wish of Josh's family and friends that his ashes be sent to the heavens and everyone witness it at his beloved JAE. It was our honour and privilege to be able to do this and in some small way help his family come to terms with this tragic loss.
Josh was well known in the north of England with a big following among Honda owners. His Honda Civic Jordan (number 100) is being restored by his friends at JDM North.
Thank you to everyone who kept the minute's silence and for respecting Josh and his family's wishes and for taking the time to reflect on all those no longer with us