Words by : RandyF, Photos by : RandyF
I believe there are tons of articles written about this very workshop that specializes in restyling older-body Porsches and given them this attraction that nobody can resist. Rauh Welt Begriff started by Akira Nakai some 15 years ago and today has been continously gaining worldwide recognition for this unique look he created.
Not knowing much about the Japanese culture, I made an unannounced visit to the Chiba based workshop. Bad move, after a phone call to Nakai-san, I realized that he at the time, in Dubai creating another one of his masterpieces. We fixed a later date for me to drop by his shop once again when he returned to Japan.
Arriving at the train station close to the shop in the night, I gave Nakai a call and asked me how many people was I with. I told him I was alone and 2 minutes later, the rumble of the flat 6 boxer echoed through the quiet neighborhood. My heart beat accelerated quickly and my mind was scrambling in excitement of what was I going to be given the opportunity to ride in. My mind was screaming “please be Stella, please let me ride Stella”. That didn’t sound wrong… Did it?
SpearMint Rhino is one of his newer creations. Despite the massively wide rims, there was not even a single bit of fender rubbing on the bumpy road towards his shop.
Reaching the shop, there was american music playing in the background while the dimly lit workshop was packed to the brim with these gorgeous German cars. I had arrived at the legendary RWB heaven. Nothing in the shop felt Japanese except the Mild Sevens I was smoking and the trophies collected from various competition held locally.
My personal opinion is that Stella, Nakai’s personal RWB Porsche is still the best looking and there is currently continuous R&D being done to the car. There were several details that you have never seen on any other cars he has created till date.
Beside Stella was another personal car of his that carries some of the newer aero parts such as the extended front and rear canards. Ever wondered how many Porsches does Nakai own? He couldn’t remember an exact number but he gave me an estimate of 15 or so.
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At around 9.30pm, the wind-chime by the door rang. A man that looked very much like he was from a Japanese rock band walked in and Nakai-san introduced him as Nojima. After a short conversation, I realized he is the guy that is driving an also quite famous matt-black AE86. The very same one that I saw on Honda-tech years back. That was my first exposure to some of Nakai’s cars and several others including photos of yet another matte black Nissan Silvia S15 that was being circulated on the internet at the time.
He is the RWB’s painter and Nakai’s friend whom he met many years ago while drifting in the mountains in their Hachis.
A couple of cars in the making.
Nakai-san is also part of a group called idlers that holds regular trackdays at Tsukuba Circuit.
After taking photographs of the workspace, I decided to chill over some cigarettes and a bottle Asahi French Peace Tea. Damn I love those. Decorating the walls were posters of the different cars he created, Porsche stuff and a pair of Jackpot machines. Lets also not forget his ever so famous wall of beer bottles.
No GT45s or Rotrex Superchargers, only pure displacement performance for this man.
I left them to carry on their work, which they usually do throughout the night while I left early to catch my train back to downtown Tokyo. I promised Nakai that I would make the trip over to Thailand for his shop opening and I can’t wait for that to happen.
I’ll end this amazing shop visit with some of the other random photos I took while there. Enjoy!