This latest post from my previous Japan trip is breaking up the chronological order somewhat (I still need to post my photos from Tokyo Auto Salon and a visit to Liberty Walk) but I just really wanted to get these photos online.
On my last full day in Tokyo, I decided to venture to a nondescript shed in a quiet town that I had been wanting to visit for years. Of course, this particular shed is home to Rauh-Welt Begriff (RWB) and is where Porsches come to be transformed by the infamous Nakai-san for his domestic customers.
From central Tokyo, getting to RWB isn’t the easiest or quickest via public transport but, as this is Japan, it was still fairly painless. Two or three trains later followed by a pitstop to the local Family Mart and a brisk twenty minute walk through the suburbs and I was at my destination.
My first impression was that I couldn’t believe where this legendary workshop was situated; it is quite literally surrounded by residential houses, with the exception of the right hand side which is flanked by an array of (mostly) Porsches and an empty field.
I also couldn’t believe the sheer number of cars and equipment residing outside the premises. I’m sure most people from the west would have doubts about leaving an array of air cooled Porsches outside in an unsecure environment (let alone anything metallic that could be weighed in for scrap) but, regardless, this is the Japanese countryside and such things aren’t worth worrying about.
At this point, I was extremely keen to take a look at the inside of the workshop. I must have seen hundreds of photos of the illuminated signs, the cars in the paint booth and the memorabilia decorating the walls over the years but…my adventure was not going to go beyond the front door.
While I could hear music emanating from inside, there was no response to my door knocks (I did turn up unannounced after all) and my trip was going to remain limited to the outside of the workshop only. Not to mind, there’s always next time.
The cars in the front yard would have been more than enough to make the trip worthwhile, but it was time to take a look at what was parked up alongside the muddy field.
Along the wall there were plenty of bumpers, fenders and tyres that all looked to have enjoyed a tough life. Maybe the bodywork will be given a new lease of life in the future?
This particular car was on display at Tokyo Auto Salon a few days prior. The “Heavenly” fenders are the widest that RWB offer for the 993.
I believe this 964 cabriolet is Nakai-san’s personal cruiser when he wants to go for a drive.
From this angle, you can really see how wide those 993 Heavenly fenders are in comparison to the slightly less extreme fenders on the 964.
It was a bit cheeky of me but, with the entire rear end of this 993 exposed, I was super keen to have a quick look at the coilover and alignment arm setup.
Yep, that’s decked alright!
Another of Nakai’s daily run arounds/track support vehicles.
There were a few cool slammed kei cars dotted around but, behind this particular example, you might be able to spot the most unique car in the yard (a Peugeot 206).
As I began walking back to the train station, I took a look over my shoulder at this most incredible and bizarre place that sees visitors descend on it from all over the world. Even just a few minutes into my walk, I passed a couple of people making their way there. Car culture is captivating at times, and RWB is one of those companies that draws attention and intrigue from every corner of the world.