Simply Stance hosted their second installment of their “Simply Japan” park off event this past weekend out at the Tshwane China Mall in Pretoria. The day started off with a small meet up with a couple of the For the love of JDM guys at the BP Oasis, before heading to Woodmead Retail centre where we we met with a couple more cars wanting to convoy from Johannesburg to Pretoria.We all meet round 9am and soon the few became more as 30 cars met up before heading out at 9:30; as it would be a nice long drive to the event. Before we hit the road, we all agreed to take it easy and have an actual chilled drive out to Pretoria as we were joined by a couple of really cool Old School Jap car, and as we all know in the Japanese culture, they respect our elders and so do we in the JDM Car Culture.As we headed out at a good pace the convoy made their way to Highway and myself and a fellow togger Scriptic Photos took the opportunity to capture the convoy with some pretty cool rolling shots and Oliver Bates from Rev Blooded Nation shooting a cool video, and the crew stuck to the vibe all the way through to the Zambezi road toll gate, before we gathered the stragglers and turn off to the mall.Upon arriving I was met by Jaco Venter and his Mrs, and as always we were greeted with a big smile. Greeting out the way we proceeded to the roof top parking where the park-off would be held. Finding the perfect spot we parked and grabbed the camera gear to start the snapping.Now I don’t know if the extra Public Holiday affected the day, but the turn out for the day was pretty disappointing as the expected number of cars twice as many as last year as it was the first Simply Japan event to be held by Jaco, however this year the attendance seemed to be half the amount of the cars from last year. However the cars that had attended this year were still pretty awesome, and it’s great to see the JDM Culture growing in SA. From an immaculate little Datsun 1200, with an owner as well dressed and well aged as his ride, an Old School Mitsubishi Colt wagon (a true little gem, think it was the first time I’ve ever seen one) to the latest Honda Civic TypeR, the eye candy was more that appetising.With the turn out being smaller, this gave a few of the guys an opportunity to do some private little shoots in the corner of the roof top parking, which also gave me some time to take some photos of my Toaster, as this was the first time she would be out at a show with her new livery. I was met by Rory Minards (LowBros) a fellow JDM lover and photographer who does freelance photography for the magazine; you might have caught his two features in the latest issue 200 (the white Toyota MR2 and the 7sec Nissan Champ). So we both snapped away taking turns to shoot the cars. I have to say it was great to see the reaction from the crowd on the new design.With day dwindling to an end, the few cars that stayed to see out the day joined in on the Low Limbo, with a rare little Honda Del Sol taking lowest static, followed shortly by a slammed Honda Civic, with Oliver Bates taking lowest bagged car in his Mitsubishi Evo in the limbo.Prize giving time and I had the honor of announcing the winners for the day, and speaking of Issue 200, Callum Orbell whose Nissan 300ZX graces our pages this month walked away with quite a few trophies, “Best Wheel”, Runner up “Best Tuner”, Runner up “Best Engine bay” and the “Best of Show” trophy… showing why his ZX is a perfect feature car. Hey even the Toaster won runner up “Best Static” hehehehe just been beat by Miguel Faria in his dope little Suzuki Swift. With the Old school Colt winning Runner up and Riyaad “Loco” taking “Best Retro” with his Corona MarkII and Oliver Bates taking “Best Bagged” for the day. “Best Tuner” went to a Stunning white Skyline, “Best Engine Bay” went to a a white Nissan Sentra GTR and runner “Best Wheel” went to the slammed Lexus 200IS.
What can I say about the show… well even though the numbers were not there; the cars that did make the effort were awesome and the crowd that attended were a great group of guys, beside the one chop in a red car who felt the need to be a disrespectful to both Jaco and the venue and decided to do a massive burnout on the roof. I hope to see more cars at the next event, and maybe the date can move so a long weekend won’t effect the show. Other than that great event hosted by a great group of guys with a passion for the culture. Till next time keep it JDM as Fuk, keep it safe and as always keep it SUPAFLY!