RWB has amassed a huge following amongst automotive enthusiasts and when I heard there would be an exhibit about an hours drive away, I had to go. Though Nakai-san's creations may be over-the-top for some, I have always been a huge fan. The aggressive style and mixture of Japanese and European tuning elements results in a breathtaking display of art on wheels.
The event was hosted by Super Garage, a retail store in Aberdeen Centre where the event took place. There were two RWB porches on display. The green 993 named Super Musashi and the blue 964 named Doraemon that was still being completed by Nakai-san himself. The partnership between Super Garage and RWB seems odd when you realize Super Garage mostly sell HID kits, stickers and steering wheel covers. This detracted from the event, as the host on the microphone chose to focus on speaking about the sound system, security system and paint rather than the performance and bodywork of the car. With that said, I didn't let that stop me from enjoying the cars.
As the 964 on display was still under completion, Nakai-san was working on the car in front of the crowd. He was applying finishing touches, such as the "idlers" graphic on the sidewall of the rear tire. Nakai-san's builds are very organic in process and he is given artistic freedom with most of the build process. He will apply styling touches to a car as they come to fruition in his mind. Nakai-san even has control over the choice of colour and ensures that each RWB 911 has it's own unique touches.
To the right of the main display, there was a table where you could buy merchandise and have it signed by Nakai-san himself. Though he was there and taking photos with fans, it didn't seem like he was interested and would rather be out on a cigarette break. I don't think Nakai-san cares for the personal fame he has received from RWB, but prefers to share his passion through the cars he builds. Nakai-san often names the cars himself, and this 964 has been named "Doraemon" after the Japanese manga and anime. Doraemon can loosely be translated to mean stray in english and the show follows a robotic, time-travelling cat named Doraemon. The merchandise at the booth included Doraemon toys, as well as RWB clothing, posters and lanyards.
As there was a large crowd it was hard to get clear pictures of Doraemon. As you can see above, a large RWB graphic is on the ground before Nakai-san applies it to the side of the car. It was very evident how focused and detail-oriented Nakai-san must be while completing these cars. According to those who have seen him work, he has taken wheels on and off upwards of thirty times in order to find the perfect fender placement. This dedication to perfection can be seen in all of Nakai-san's builds. Perfection is something you may not expect from cars with such raw styling elements such as exposed rivets on the bolt-on fenders.
Instead of fighting the crowd in front of Doraemon, I took the opportunity to fully appreciate Super Musashi. Super Musashi is also named after a Japanese Anime called "Grander Musashi". Grander Musashi is about a young boy who is trying to reconnect to his lost mother through fishing. The green colour could possibly have been inspired by the nature aspect of the show. Green was my favourite colour as a child and this is exactly the sort of car I would have wanted up on my bedroom wall. The in-your-face aggressiveness of the body work is even more apparent in person but somehow the proportions don't feel cartoonish.
With massive 335 tires in the rear and 265's in the front, the car sits stout and wide. From the back you can see how much the car has been widened by the bolt-on fenders and wider rear bumper. The signature RWB wing completes the look of Nakai-san's mixture between European and Japanese tuning styles. Wether or not the modifications to the car prove functional, many RWB Porsches can be found on the tracks of Japan. I can only hope the examples in Vancouver are driven in anger, and of course, style. The RWB movement continues in Canada, and though Nakai-san may offend purists, he is an artist committed to his work and all enthusiasts should be able to respect that.