A die-hard Japanese motor racing event is a bit different to your equivalent British one. For them, putting on as good a show off the race track is as important as the racing itself.
The Japanese motor racing fan is a different breed to their British counterpart, too. They, much like the Americans and Australians, take brand loyalty very much to heart, picking a manufacturer and sticking with them, adding in a larger turbocharger and a matching livery to their road cars to boot.
Put the two together and you get an event like the Nismo Festival, held annually at the Fuji Motor Speedway at the end of the season. It’s a Goodwood Festival of Speed-style event made up purely of high-performance Nissans.
On the track, which is marshaled at one end by imperious Mount Fuji, races take place between everything from the crowd-pleasing GT1 racers and Japanese Super GT-spec GT-Rs to the more unlikely Datsun Sunnys and 350Z Roadsters.
Like Goodwood, the performance differences and levels in skill between the drivers prevent the on-track action becoming anything other than for show. So the real excitement and intrigue can be found patrolling the paddock and trade stalls.