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The Ultimate RWB Xmas Party. Well, Sort Of…

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I’ve by no means had an administrative center task, and even labored for a large corporate, so I’ve by no means skilled the enjoyment of a piece Yule birthday celebration. This 12 months I snuck into RWB’s, to look what the entire fuss is set.

Prior to excitedly surfing on-line for a Porsche-themed Christmas jumper, foolish purple nostril and an outsized novelty Santa hat, I will have to have learn the advantageous print. This was once an invite-only, ¥10,000 (approx USD$75) consistent with head, civilised serve as, no longer a boozy knees-up. The steep access charge saved the riff-raff out, except in fact you got here wielding a digital camera and occur to paintings for Speedhunters.

It wasn’t simply a RWB match despite the fact that. Its authentic title was once the ‘RMPKU Finish 12 months Birthday party’, RMPKU being an acronym for RWB, M’s System Works, Pandem, Kamiwaza Japan and Final Storage. This joint Yule birthday celebration of varieties was once held at Final Base – a contemporary facility in Hachioji, Tokyo that mixes a Porsche-centric used automobile gross sales showroom (Final Storage) and a motorsport-themed cafe and bar (Final Cafe) upstairs.

I used to be as excited as Rudolf on December twenty fourth to wait the serve as, however I will have to have identified higher. As a result of whilst the Jap love a just right birthday celebration up to someone else does, they don’t actually do Christmas.


Honest sufficient for a country of Buddhists, however bearing in mind the entire Christmas decorations, timber and paraphernalia on sale in Japan in this day and age, you’d suppose they could be a bit of extra Christmassy. I’m no longer asking them to transform to Christianity, however perhaps give a couple of extra items to one another and take a look at consuming one thing a bit of higher than KFC for Christmas dinner.

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All is forgiven despite the fact that, as a result of what the Jap do know the way to do correctly, is construct a Porsche. And no longer simply any Porsche. Wider than yo mamma, go-faster-than-KFC-on-Christmas-Eve-in-Japan Porsches. Imagine me, that’s speedy.


My first forestall was once the Final Storage showroom ground, the place there was once masses to have a look at. One of the crucial vehicles listed below are simply on show, whilst others are on the market. There are a row of container-style, lock-up garages out of doors too, valuable 911-shaped issues within them certainly.


In my view, I may no longer take my eyes off this early 964 RWB advent. The moulded arches’ proportions without difficulty turn into the auto as though it have been designed like this from the start. For me, this genre higher showcases the sheer brilliance of Nakai-san’s craftsmanship, in comparison to the bolt-on-overfender vehicles.


Satirically sufficient, it’s the blank, clean and polished vehicles which I really like, which is the exact opposite of the ‘Tough Global’ ethos that Nakai-san lives via. That stated, even his maximum subtle vehicles nonetheless have a less than excellent edge. I guess they’re like supermodels – stunning, however there’s one thing a bit of bizarre about them too.

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After looking at a Joker-prepped 992 being pushed onto a low loader, I believed it was once time to enroll in the birthday celebration upstairs. The Final Cafe has racing simulators and an RC circuit setup, and I used to be hoping somebody would let me have a cross on the latter.

Smartly, there was once no RC circuit setup, and I’m fortunate I didn’t pull the cause on that Christmas jumper and novelty Santa hat since the birthday celebration was once all very gentlemanly. As a substitute of video games of Yule Tornado to the music of Wham’s Ultimate Christmas, it was once extra affogatos and top-shelf whisky to the sound of racing sims within the background.

So I very quietly had a handy guide a rough peek round, sooner than heading again out of doors to the carpark with the entire previous vehicles, the place I knew I’d really feel a lot more at house.


Taking into consideration the severity of drink using rules in Japan, it’s no marvel no longer everybody drove their automobile to the collection. However the few who had opted to business spirits for spirited using, introduced alongside some beauties.


This vibrant pair regarded extra like restomods from Singer than your conventional RWB observe hog. Each had nods to the world presence RWB has, in addition to fellow Porsche royalty, Magnus Walker.


I really like one of the crucial names which might be bestowed to Nakai-san’s builds. I love to consider he was once chilling at house with a pleasant curry when he dreamed up this one, QEEMA being a type of spiced minced meat from Pakistan. However as standard, I used to be drawn in opposition to the oddball sitting quietly cool over within the nook.

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I feel it is advisable almost definitely graft a slant nostril onto the rest and it will glance superb. Inform me a automobile that wouldn’t glance cool with a swish entrance finish like a flachbau Porsche… This one has a mint inexperienced customized inner as well. It’s were given Speedhunters characteristic automobile written in every single place it, so watch this area.

Round this level of the night time it began to rain, and I may scent my dinner looking forward to me at house. As I headed again in opposition to the highway, I spotted a low, large, silver RWB Porsche heading in the wrong way. Nakai-san was once arriving fashionably past due, as any correct celebrity does.

This was once actually only a heat up for the RWB New 12 months Birthday party at Tokyo Auto Salon time, for which the RAUH-Welt Begriff group has one thing very particular deliberate. Naturally, we’ll be there to carry you the entire tasty treats.

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