RWB Party in Roppongi Hills 2018 Coverage…

I just realized that I still had these photos from the 2018 Rauh Welt Begriff Party in Japan sitting on my desktop. These were shot back in January when I visited for the Tokyo Auto Salon event, and I actually still have those photos sitting in a folder somewhere as well. I’ll save those for like, a throwback post or something in the next few months. They’re good photos too I promise, haha. Anyways, I didn’t shoot very much at the RWB Party this year because we didn’t stay very long. I love taking photos here because Roppongi Hills is just a really interesting place to be. The bright lights of the buildings surrounding the Hardrock Cafe Tokyo parking lot make for a scenic back drop and the environment just helps to add to the allure of these wild Porsche builds. I know RWB builds aren’t for everyone, especially the Porsche purists, but I’ve always appreciated Nakai’s work and love the fact that he helped to generate so much attention to the Porsche brand in the past decade or so. It really pushed Porsche into the mainstream for import enthusiasts like us. The fact that a Japanese guy was willing to cut into a Porsche and make this wild creation just really spoke to regular car guys who just always had this impression that Porsches were unattainable. It is unlikely I’ll ever own one but I always like seeing them, particularly in Japan. Rauh Welt builds just seem to have a different feel to them in Japan, where it feels like they are more appreciated. On this side of the pond, it just seems as if anyone with enough cash and build one, put some random forged wheels on it and then resell it a couple years later. I don’t know. They just don’t have that same appeal. You see a new one get completed and in a few months, you never see them again or they’re sold. At the RWB Party in Japan, you still see the same ones year to year and the owners just seem to really enjoy them as pure driving machines. You could dig up any of my old photos from previous RWB Parties, put them all together in a random order, and you wouldn’t be able to tell any difference in time. The photos just flow seamlessly together because the location never changes and the RWB builds don’t change much either, there are just newer ones that join the party. I guess it’s more of its own little community than it is a chase to see who is building the next big thing for bragging rights…

Enjoy the photos, I’ve got more stuff coming this week before I leave for Japan so stay tuned!…

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Rauh Welt Porsche 993 “Łomianki”

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I was saddened to see that the popular hostess bar/strip club, 10Sluts, was no longer around to remind us that we were in the seedy area known as Roppongi Hills…

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RWB Dragon Leaves… Interested to know the back story behind that moniker…

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Super Clean yellow 964 Porsche on Work Meister wheels…

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RWB Rough Rhythm, owned by Ichiraku Toshiya….

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RWB Spearmint Rhino, the 993 Cabriolet named famously after Akira Nakai’s visit to Las Vegas, Nevada for the SEMA Show. You can guess where he went that inspired him…

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Check out that tire width and crazy dual center-exit exhaust on this RWB build rocking the wider “Royal Fenders”…

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The front is much less wild in appearance compared to the bumper-less rear end…

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Rauh Welt Begriff Porsche 993 “Destino”on Work Meister M1…

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RWB “Cynthia” looking perfect on Work Meister S1…

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RWB Adriana 993 complete with RWB seats and Work Wheels…

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Probably my favorite shot of that evening as RWB Adriana was leaving the Hardrock Cafe Tokyo lot. Another version of it even ended-up in my book. I literally came home and added it to one of the cover pages before I sent the book off to get published. A late but perfect addition, I think…

Thanks for looking!

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