Ode To A Master: The RWB Museum
Telling A Story

This is a story I’ve been working on for a while. I wanted to take my time so as not to make it feel like any other shop tour, because it’s just not.

This is more about friendship, respect and passion than anything that can be quickly categorized and easily dismissed. This goes deep, as in a way I’ve always felt part of what RAUH-Welt Begriff stood for and has become. People overthink it all, calling it a movement or a club, but in reality it’s just one man doing what he likes with the cars he’s come to love. An expression of style if you will, one that conjures up images of wild 911s, but one that has remained unchanged ever since the very first RWB Porsche was built.

This is an ode to a master, a moment to ponder over what has to be the single biggest custom automotive movement we’ll probably see in our lifetimes; something that’s not only added an important facet to global car culture, but one that has solidified Japan as a true trendsetter.


As Nakai-san continues to travel the world, building 50, 60, 70 cars a year, the pace the RWB brand has been growing at is overwhelming. And if it wasn’t for the insight of a very special RWB owner, nothing you see here would have ever been possible.

I first met Christian Coujin back in 2014 when I covered Art of Speed for the first time in Kuala Lumpur. There we spent some time chatting about one of his first RWB 911s, Furinkazan. Our paths have crossed countless times since then, mostly at RWB builds which he always tries his hardest to attend. His love and enthusiasm for the RWB brand is only surpassed by the deep respect and friendship he holds for Nakai, and he feels truly blessed to have met someone he considers as a great artist of our time.

Seeing Nakai-san work, sculpting his three dimensional automotive canvases all around the world quickly sparked an idea to create a place that could celebrate all that RWB stands for.


And how could I possibly turn down the invitation to be present at not only the opening of the RWB Museum, but also the build of Christian’s seventh RAUH-Welt Begriff Porsche, which would be completed on the seventh of January – his birthday.


Despite early January being the craziest time of the year for me, I knew I’d kick myself if I missed such an important moment in RWB history, and the opportunity to bring you a detailed tour of what is possibly the coolest and most well executed celebration of automotive culture I’ve ever seen.


This museum has been a few years in the making; the sheer scale of the idea and the final goal that Christian had envisioned in his mind wasn’t going to be an easy one to execute. If you want to do things right you have to put a well structured plan together, and I have to say the final result blew me away. Christian is definitely a guy that doesn’t do things by halves, and I’m sure by the time you scroll down to the last image in this post you’ll also be of the same opinion.

So how to do it? How would he celebrate all that Nakai-san has created and showcase it in a cohesive fashion? Trust me, it’s not as easy as you may think, but the first thing you’ll see when you walk into the main museum area are glass cabinets containing memorabilia that chronicle the early days: Nakai’s move from AE86s towards the 911 and the style he has created.


Nakai-san donated a number of personal possessions from his shop in Chiba, including some old Japanese magazines from the mid-to-late-1990s that he’s featured in. Yes that’s Manabu Orido in one of them!


The decor is really on point; custom-built grates over the massive glass windows of the main showroom are used to display prints and other memories from Christian’s and Nakai’s travels.


As you enter through massive metal sliding doors that resemble castle gates, you are greeted with a pretty breathtaking view of the entire museum area. It’s at this point that you pause momentarily, take a deep breath and visually absorb it all, the V8-powered Yamato Nadeshiko 993 staring you right in the face.


The main theme of what RWB stands for is clearly spelled out for you on the backlit old cinema-style signboard.


To the left, the lofty height of the ceiling has been taken full advantage of and decorated with a series of tall brick sections to provide a contrasting backdrop for a collection of cut fenders that RWB owners have donated to the museum.


No less that 24 911s were used for the creation of this display. Pretty crazy, right? It’s all has so much meaning as well; once you go the full RWB way there is no turning back. It’s like getting a tattoo or a scar for life, you are either in it for the long haul, or not. Each cut fender piece has a message from the owner, bringing back a lot of memories for those that were present at a specific build.

Moments In Time

Separating the main open area of the museum from the lounge are a series of display cabinets and shelves, all jam-packed full of memorabilia and random stuff people have donated. Like this scale recreation of the RWB shop in Chiba, one we first saw back in 2014 at the first Art of Speed I covered.

Next to Nakai is Christian’s own custom made action figure, armed with as much JD as it would take to turn any RWB build into a proper party.


There’s even a few trophies from the idlers races that Nakai and his domestic and international customers have created. I’ve driven in a few of those 12-hour races, and they’ve provided some of the most fun experiences of my life.


Even one of Nakai’s Rimowa suitcases has been passed on, left exactly as it was once he was done using it. Of course these are never used for clothes, just tools and other bits and pieces he brings from Japan to any build. His clothes are usually carried in a simple supermarket bag. Because Rough World!


A very personal thing for me to see, however, was the damaged bumper (well half of it) from Adriana, the car I was driving at the idlers 12-hour endurance race at Motegi in 2016 that ended up being totalled. I have a piece of this car hanging on my wall in my office, so seeing another part of it on display in Malaysia was quite weird, yet brought back so many memories.


And this is the lounge space, comfy leather sofas and a table custom made out of reclaimed wood as a center piece to chat over, share a few drinks and make memories with like-minded folks. And there was a large group of people that Christian had invited over from every corner of the world, all part of the RWB family, and all making time in their lives to spend a few days together for this special moment.


But we’ll get to that a little later. There is still a lot more I want to show you of this special place, right down to the decor.


During my first day at the museum this light fixture was being put together and wired up, before being hung over the the big table. I’m not sure what was harder, the creation of the piece or the work that went into emptying the bottles!


Every time I stepped back into the museum part of the garage – and that was often as it was an air-conditioned getaway from the hot and steamy garage area where Nakai was working his magic on Christian’s number seven – I couldn’t keep my eyes off this V8-powered monster sitting centerstage. Right behind it, on its own pedestal, is the Rotana-style wing.


This fits in just right with a few RWB cars that are far beyond the norm; cars like Stella Artois and Rotana from Nakai’s own collection, to creations like Pandora sporting a powerful motor built by Promodet. With 700 naturally aspirated horses coming from an American V8 it’s sure to ruffle many feathers, but then again isn’t that what Nakai has done since the very beginning? Christian has spent time fine tuning the engine management side of things and will be taking the car out for some testing at a track in the near future. Now there’s a crazy feature idea!


Sitting in one corner are two other works of art, but of a different kind. These bikes were built by Beautiful Machines, a respected custom motorcycle shop out of Kuala Lumpur.


One important goal of the RWB Museum is not only to celebrate all that Nakai has accomplished with his unique approach, but also to get people to understand and appreciate the process.

That’s why in one display cabinet you’ll find some of the things that Nakai uses in the transformation process. Inside there’s the black silicone canisters that he uses to seal the fender flares, bumpers and skirts onto the cars, as well as black spray paint used to coat things like bumper grilles, and an iconic idlers tire stencil. For me, though, the most interesting thing about all of this stuff is how Nakai just continues to source it all at his local hardware store in Chiba; it both defines his simple way of doing things and also how he’s stayed true to his style throughout the years.


Where Christian has really hit the mark is with these series of artefacts, if we can call them that. From the packs of Winston cigarettes Nakai brings with him everywhere, to the ancient flip phones that he used back in the day and that he still has in his pocket.

And then his well used pair of Nike Air Force 1s that look like they have been through a war zone or two, as well as his pocket English-Japanese dictionaries, which are a perfect way to show one of Nakai’s most defining traits – his humbleness. When I met him for the first time over 10 years ago he didn’t speak one word of English. Now, when I stop by his workshop in Chiba he greets me with “Hey Dino, what’s up?” He’s used his fast-paced life and his continuous travels to exponentially improve his English, which has helped make RWB the international family that it has become.


Being a fusion between a museum, garage, workshop and most importantly of all – a man cave, there was obviously the priorities to get right. That’s why there’s an extensively stocked bar area where guests can be entertained.


And the JD can never be too far away.

As well as more prized possessions of the distilled and adequately aged kind. The coconut has got nothing to do with alcohol of course, it’s just become another thing that Nakai is known for in South East Asia. Every time he builds cars in these hot and humid tropical countries he loves to sip on fresh coconut water.


It’s easy to be mesmerized by all the prints that are scattered around the place.


Including these custom made ones from Group 6ix in Seattle where Christian’s home away from home is located.


And speaking of custom things, check out this two-wheeler from Vintage Electric Bikes that was painted to match Hyakka Ryouran, the Gulf-liveried 964 Cabriolet that marked Christian’s fourth build.


My favorite piece, however, was this big collection of images, each taken with people, friends and fellow RWB owners during the many builds and special events that have been held around the world. It’s a piece that perfectly represents that strong bond that Nakai has managed to create between all his customers.

The Royal Approval

Christian in the meantime was enjoying being surrounded by so many friends while watching Nakai work away at his latest project.

I’ll have a separate post on this build next week so I won’t get into any details here, but I wanted to continue showing you the garage portion of the facility that is there to not only house an ever-expanding arsenal of cars, but also to be RWB’s second home.


It was also really cool to see Kuala Lumpur’s first RWB build, Miyabi. I will never forget this car, as with the help of the owners I was able to shoot some of my favorite driving shots ever with the Petronas Towers in the background.


Everywhere you look it’s RWBs!


The decor is entertaining, even in this area of the building.


And on the other side of those indoor shutters lies another cave housing a few more special cars.


But nothing can beat the warm atmosphere that develops inside the museum once the lights are flicked on at night. It’s such a relaxing space to sit down and chat with people that in no time become your friends.


All inspired by one man with one simple vision.


And as a true testament to Christian’s efforts, the grand opening was also graced by a member of the Royal Family of Johor, His Highness Tunku Idris, who just so happens is as crazy about cars as you and I are.

He was interested to find out more about the RWB movement that he’d seen countless times on social media, and arrived at the right time to meet the man behind it all.


The official unveiling of the museum on the 7th of January was topped off with a traditional Chinese opening ceremony where two mystical lions danced around the venue to bring good luck.


After Nakai was done putting the last wording on the 993’s engine cover, he left his very own personal mark. He turned around, moved the stencil from the car to the brick wall behind it and proceeded to pass a few layers of white paint over it. It reads: what the world needs now is rough.


It was a true honor to be present at the RWB Museum opening and to watch another car come to life.


The best thing of all is sharing it with you; a special story for a special brand that is made up by a group of equally special people.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
Instagram: speedhunters_dino



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The twattery is off the scales here.


Hella cool! What a great write up and the pictures are awesome!

NorAsyraf Rambli

thumbs up. Nakai's art work is just an art work. did not really translate any on track, it just please the eyes and a group of people. the movement really bring this people together and that's the beauty of it. RWB is just an artwork, and people like to see it.

let them be, deep down we know what we DRIVE
just sayin.


The f**k you talking about? Did not translate any on track. Have you not seen ANY of the idlers coverage SH has done over the years? Or seen the few RWB porsches that are regulars at Tsukuba?

Some of them are owned by posers, people happy to just drive to a meet and park up, but there are also plenty of owners who hit the track, and they are far from slow.

Did not really translate any on track......

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Idlers coverage coming up this week ;)


I like your stuff Dino, but calling this guy a master of anything is insulting. Nakai's hack jobs would get shit on at any serious shootout with tuners like RUF, BBi, etc.

Interested to see the feedback on this article. IMO this doesn't belong on any credible automotive blog, but others may feel different. Nice pictures either way.


Absolutely agree. I'm all for respecting different builders and makers, but the amount of adoration RWB gets from Speedhunters is just off the scale. If you'd show a pic of one of their cars to a typical Porsche enthusiast you'd either get a "ehh, what a hackjob" or maybe a "ah, a Le Mans turbo replica" as answer. It may be personal affection by the author, or it may be dictated from the site owner, EA, as RWB is now part of the Need For Speed marque (always keep in mind that there is a reason this site exists, and that its Electronic Arts releasing a NFS game mimicking the contemporary car tuner culture every few years).

In general I keep away from 'Carbonare'-signed articles these days, as they drift off into philosophical dissertation while ignoring the technical aspects of the car portrait almost entirely. There's plenty of writers on this site that still understand that a car, even if modified, is a machine build for the purpose of moving, and not just a canvas.


I mean this in the friendliest, kindest possible way John, but perhaps... just perhaps... Speedhunters is not the website for you.

And maybe... just maybe... you should take a break from reading it.

You're a bit like a Vegan at a BBQ. We know what you think, and why you think it, perhaps we even agree with you. But we just want to enjoy eating our greasy burgers


Perhaps, but as it's a free country you're going to have to deal with it. Pass the ketchup.


It's not so much me dealing with it as sympathy for your frustration. We have very similar tastes but perhaps my advancing age has given me a perspective you seem to lack…

You'll understand one day, I just hope it's before your first heart attack


My mentors are guys who have won Le Mans and have actually been featured on this site with much adoration. Ironically it's their perspective I share not a young mans. :)


you can just say "i'm an elitist prick" and then go. no need to waste all those words.

Brian E. Spilner

Or he's allowed to share his opinion?


This might blow your mind, but there are actually people out there who work in the automotive industry who build things and are educated about proper setup and tuning.

*head explodes*


But several RWBs are in fact dedicated track vehicles. Aesthetics aside, the widened fenders allow for wider wheels, more rubber, and even a widened track, all of which are undoubtedly performance upgrades.

I'm not here to argue that RWB is at the same level as RUF, but to suggest that RWBs don't belong on Speedhunters, or any credible automotive blog for that matter, is just ridiculous. You sound like a snob.

Not to mention that they've had a relationship with Speedhunters for over a decade at this point. Get with the program.


Have you ever cracked open Motorsport Magazine or their podcast? I implore you to spend a few days thumbing through their stories about 911s and then revisit this page.

Perhaps my opinions will look less "snobby" and more educated afterwards. Everyone has different standards in the industry, I make no apologies for mine being high.


john b why do u come cry on every post? find a new website if u dont like the cars they post lol


I dont answer to you. Move along.


Why do people(John b) always have to find something to complain about? Can you build 70 widebody Porsches each and every year? 33rd place in any race is better than anything you could do, smartass. At least we know what we are talking about.


Boi you just did


I’m a wondering if this is a paid advertisement.....


I get your point. I hate RWB, RocketBunny and all other bolt-on kits because in my opinion the builds look incomplete. But I love widebodied cars done right, new widened front fenders and new widened rear quarter panels with new bumpers. What you have to understand is that some people love the bolt-on look, and we have inclusive of everything automotive even though we may not appreciate it.
Nakai's end product may be awful but he has passion and dedication to his craft that is unmatched by any. Moreover, he is a form over function guy so expecting quality engine work from him is foolish! Wish he had built a RWB without the bolted-on look, smoothed out and properly widened.
Dino, we need your take on this!! Comment!!


I don't know what you have been reading or seeing but from what RWB and Nakai was 10 years ago to where it is now they are one of the legendary and respected tuners out there, Nakai is a master in how he builds the car, every chop is done to perfection ad they have a big family, something BBI and Ruf cannot compete with.


Send a link to Nakais track history and results please.


Have you inspected his cars up close? Ever seen Rod Emory’s work? How about White Post Restorations or Aston Engineering work? You throw the term “master” around as if it’s a easy to get as a Cub Scout patch. I assure you, look close at a RWB car, it ain’t all that.

Just for comment

Looks like John got his fair share of attention.


I'd say the number of Yellowbird fans alone dwarfs the amount of people rallying around these 18" fender flares and nominal engine work. Have you cared to take a look at what RUF is doing now? Complete builds on a totally new (in-house designed) platform; please explain to me how that level of automotive prowess does not have a "big family" surrounding it...


haha shut up, does he still do birdshit welds with no facemask or did he become a master at that too


This is amazing, to see the RWB vision and infuleces in one place is very special. I want to go and see for myself.


Wonderful building. Sometimes when I read about him, i forgot that this is his Bussines. Because he doing it so near to the customer and with full passion. I'm glad to know that people like Nakai-san exisists on our planet

Dino Dalle Carbonare

I'm surprised nobody has picked up on the fact that he's building 60-70 cars a year. That blows my mind. Think about it.


Exactly, i´m sure that´s also the reason for his success. I mean that isn´t a trend anymore, it´s more a direction you´ll can chose to go with, like JDM Tuning.


Wish there was some items from the Rough World AE86 days in there :(

Dino Dalle Carbonare

I'm sure Christian will keep adding stuff to the museum :)


Those aren't dragons but Lions specifically in southern Chinese style

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Yes I corrected :)


I put RWB in the same category as black wheels. I don't like them, they are all over the place so I must be wrong.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Opinions. We all have them. It's what you do with them that counts :)

Jay Soh Tsu Chung

Came here to look at salty comments. Am not disappointed and now I'm gonna prepare some popcorn for more drama.


Make sure not to put any salt on your popcorn. There will be enough here to go around!


damn dude youre so cool teach me


Nice write up Dino! Btw its actually Johor Bahru not Bahor

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Thx buddy, yeah amended that


Holy hell - What is the infatuation with this dude all about? What is he a “master” of?

You’re celebrating a man who is doing nothing new. Nothing revolutionary. He “makes”nothing. He’s an installer of clown-like flairs and stickers. All of his cars look the same. Give me a caulking gun, a cut-off wheel and some sheet metal screws and a lot of stickers, put “-San” after my name and celebrate me. He cuts up Porsches’ and smokes cigarettes. That doesn’t make him Gordon Murray or Louis Ruff, it doesn’t make him Chip Foose. He’s a marketer and not a builder or tuner. Please guys, you’ve got a nice online rag, raise your standards a bit and quit chasing the latest fad.


Hell yeah, John-san please cut of my Porsche. Wait, forgot about that i don´t own a Porsche, besides that i wouldn´t give you a piece of paper to cut off XD Don´t trample all over somebodies hard work, if you self are a nobody. It´s not fair.


'Chasing the latest fad'. You do realize Speedhunters has been featuring RWB vehicles for 10 years now? Well before the 'fad' took off. Hell, it was probably a SH article that started the fad in the first place.

Honestly, why do you care so much? Don't like it, don't read it. Simple.


Died laughing at this reply. Very well said.


>put “-San” after my name and celebrate me
Hahaha, that is the most infuriating thing on this site


Articles like this seem like propaganda. The level of advertising via free extreme bias is a bit off putting. This guy does nothing original and all his cars look exactly the same. Do I like them? Actually, yes. But I still understand that this guy is nothing more than a traveling auto body guy. He doesn’t do anything someone that graduated from the local trade school couldn’t do.


Achievement Details:
RWB in Need for Speed
RWB63 (30)
Meet the legendary builder Nakai-San
Earn this in the Need for Speed Walkthrough

This achievement you can gain in NFS 2015 may add to your propaganda claim. Never forget, Speedhunters IS part of Electronic Arts

Dino Dalle Carbonare

We cover everything about car culture as a whole. Obviously that means we are unable to please people all the time but like I keep asking, would you prefer we'd ignore this? This is a person that builds 60+ cars a year, he's possibly the most successful Japanese car builder out there.

Henrique Cassiano

I get his importance in the tuning world. Hell, I absolutely love the RWB style and I'd love to have one. My problem is that he ain't a master for anything, he just cuts holes on cars, does it look cool imo? Yes, but that doesn't make him a master of anything.


So he didn't die...??


I really don’t understand the hate, but whatever.
Wicked write up Dino. My mind is blown. I absolutely love the artwork, especially the model of Nakai sitting on the hood of Stella.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Thanks Dave!


You frustration and confusion with hate hate.

I don’t hate this guy; however, I’m a bit puzzled with the endlesss praise, time spent, and overall adoration with a mere “body guy”.

There are SO many more deserved craftsman or “artists” than this guy. Men, and women. who practice a skill or trade in the automobile modification or restoration business. There is a reason this guy can travel around the world with just a change of clothes and a bag of 4 or dove tools. He can “practice” this form or overpriced bodywork in a back yard with a Craftsman compressor and a box of plastic flares that FedEx spent more time shipping than he does installing. And if the dude wouldn’t take so many smoke breaks he’d be finished a lot sooner.

I have the distinct feeling that many here have never seen one these cars I person. Please, if you get a chance to see one do so. Inspect the car, look at it and try to remember it while you read this kind of overly-embellished praise. Don’t call another man’s critique of these parlor-trick cars hate if you’ve never seen one. This is a fad, not a movement.


I've seen them in person and can confirm what you're saying. It's not hate, they are just not what people say they are.

It's not that I don't "get it", there's nothing to "get". The old saying "a fool and his money are soon parted" is pretty appropriate here.


Wait...are you actually asking people to think, educate themselves about fabrication and not swallow spoon fed marketing bullshit?

They're not gonna like you here man...haha!


Edit:not Stella.


You lost me at hardware store spray paint.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

That's part of the appeal ;)


This place looks like the illegitimate love child of the Gas Monkey bar & grill.


You may need to fix some typos. Its Johor Bahru, not Bahor. Other than that, its a pleasure to meet you again there Dino

Admitted Contrarian

I actually congratulate the guy for being such a small operation that's made such a global impact. It's pretty impressive. Especially considering much of his exposure has come from the Internet and not conventional media outlets.

As for the looks of the cars...I never really got it. I mean they're essentially exaggerated 993 GT2s. Much like many things nowadays, people who don't know their history are blown away by the latest hot gig in town. It's not Nakai's fault, but he has benefitted from it. The Beatles didn't create rock and roll either. They benefitted in much the same way. What they both represent is 'rebellion' in whatever form it takes at the particular moment. Ya know, hair bands because short hair is conformist...and Apple Jacks because the don't taste like apple.

That's the long way of saying..."don't hate the player; hate the game!"

If you're in any way bothered by the widespread coverage of RWB for merits you don't fully understand...just be grateful he doesn't have a British accent! Much like Magnus Walker, Gordon Ramsay and Simon Cowell...he could be A LOT more famous for doing a lot LESS!

Although, he would be cracking that Union Jack whip and indulging America's kinky, insatiable, colonialist fetish.


I don't like the game quite honestly, no hate for Nakai. Your text is brilliant. The best of (old era) 911s in my opinion are:

1. 993 GT2 (Stock)
2. Modern day Ruf CTR (blend of old & new)
3. 911 Guntherwerks 400r
4. anything has a Singer signature on.
5. 996 GT1 (even though very little 911 DNA left on it)


I love you Dino, but this line:
" I wanted to take my time so as not to make it feel like any other shop tour, because it’s just not."

Makes me feel that every shop (including the ones featured on SH) is mundane and not worthy when compared to RWB.
And that's totally fine by me because it's your opinion!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Well it's a museum right, not a shop ;) But what I meant is, which other car builder from Japan has achieved such popularity as Nakai has? He's got a museum built to celebrate his style, surely that's as unique as things get to deserve the line you quoted above?


33th place trophy...nice!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

That's from the customers competing at the 12h idlers race in Motegi. It's a feat to finish, let alone beat Huracan GT3 cup cars that compete hahaha


It's not hard to beat faster cars in endurance racing. You get lucky a lot if you can stay on track and not crash. 20 minute sprint race would be a very, very different story.




I guess It’s the internet’s fault. In the real world people don’t walk around vocalizing everything they don’t like.

- Hello your shirt is ugly, I don’t like your shoes, or the person who made them. Why are they still making black bean burgers? Stupid clouds are stupid. Is that a Ford? Idiots. Why are people still having babies. I hate pop radio they should get rid of it.

It’s possible all these perpetual RWB haters could just not read the article and move on to other content.

- Hey look, a restaurant, let’s walk in. What! I came here to get a burger and there’s a god damn chicken wrap on the menu, what the Fuck is wrong with these assclowns?

Some people’s kids...

Dino Dalle Carbonare

It is. Once you have anonymity to hide behind, you let the insults flow. I've actually met people that have thrown hate at me online, and they all tend to be shy


"It’s possible all these perpetual RWB haters could just not read the article and move on to other content."

Or it's possible that folks think that the RWB Lovefest has jumped the shark?


"This is an ode to a master, a moment to ponder over what has to be the single biggest custom automotive movement we’ll probably see in our lifetimes;"

Biggest custom automotive movement of our lifetimes? You have got to be -kidding- me?

I like RWB cars okay, but single biggest custom automotive movement of our lifetime? This supplants low riders, sport compacts, rat rods? You're somehow suggesting that a handful of RWB cars, supersedes the movement behind the LSx series of engines and subsequent custom builds?

RWB is bigger than the FRS/86/BRZ, the Miata, the Mustang, the Camaro, the Corvette, or the Porsche 911?

Nakai-san does a decent body kit and some decent tunes. But he's hardly the innovator of wide-body Porsches or the widebody look. A look that has existed since the late 1960s.

"something that’s not only added an important facet to global car culture, but one that has solidified Japan as a true trendsetter."

With all due respect, you are selling Japanese car culture and trends short. Japanese trends mean something far beyond RWB. They produce Hakosukas with exposed oil coolers and club-racing inspired engines and body work. They produce mean Silvias with 2JZ swaps. They've produced club racing, circuit racing, and drift racing inspiration globally. What you're suggesting is that RWB defines the Japanese tuning scene, when it demonstrably does not. We see beauty in so many sets here, RWB is, actually, largely irrelevant to those scenes.

This would be like arguing that AMG defines German car culture, Cosworth defines British car culture, and muscle cars define American car culture. Each has a value, like RWB, but they are not the sum total, merely contributing parts to a broader culture. RWB may be contributing to trends, but defining them? Setting them? Changing the scale of them? Mastering them? No.

Okay, we've jumped the shark here, let's move on.


Nakai's builds are like the loudest person in the room. You're going to know about them even if they have no reason to be talking. They're not the smartest or best, but because they're so loud people who don't know any better confuse their cockiness with confidence. You see this all the time in social situations. The internet is no different.

Marketing 101: Cram enough bullshit down peoples throats and eventually they will think it's sugar.


Nice write up Dino. I enjoy seeing the pictures. Can't wait to see Nakai when he comes back into Vancouver again.

There's a lot of haters writing comments. Only thing I can say is that Nakai is infectious. Spend some time and talk with him. You'll soon learn what passion and dedication is.

Everyone starts from somewhere. You can say this and that about certain modifiers but do you truly know what you're of sweat and tears all these guys pour into their work? Have you done anything to deserve this kind of praise? It looks easy because of many years of hard work.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Thanks man. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, if you like it great, if it's not your thing move along.


So.... Where's the museum located? And when is it available to visit?

Dino Dalle Carbonare

It's not open to the public


then it is not a museum but a private collection


Kind of seems like this guy jumped on what Nakai was doing and took advantage of it, almost like he is whoring him out. I get a weird vibe from this article.


Kind of seems like this guy jumped on what Nakai was doing and took advantage of it, almost like he is whoring him out. I get a weird vibe from this article.

Oh, you mean like...



No, not at all. I have no idea what you are trying to say


Whoops, Meme-o...


Play nice, folks. It's perfectly acceptable for people to like / dislike RWB, just don't try force your opinion down someone else's throat.


You’ve got to love the article about cars and coffee, about how there was no moaning and no complaining only to find yourself in the comments section of the next article.


Some here obviously don’t like Nakai’s work but still read the article. Why would you waste time reading an article about something you don’t like? And then waste more time blurting out the negatives in the comment section? So funny.

Speedhunters gives an insight into automotive culture of all sorts from all around the world. Some of it is form, some of it is function. Sometimes it’s both.

Some of it isn’t my thing. Drifting, for example, isn’t my thing. So, I just skip the articles on drifting.

If I could afford a Porsche, I’d probably leave the RWB stuff for what it is because I’m more into function and simplicity. I do like looking at the RWB cars though and I admire the brand that Nakai has built and the extremes he brings to the Porsche world.

Next time there is an article on SH about something you don’t like, maybe try not reading it. Maybe do something else, like going for a walk. Get some fresh air. The graphics are better outside, too.


That response is a lot of what's wrong with education. You legitimately just asked someone why they would read something and then question it and speak freely about their thoughts. Do you understand how crazy that sounds?


Except that's not what happened. A lot of the negatives came from people who already knew RWB and already hated the cars, which is fine. Tastes and colours and all that.

But why would anyone in that mindset read another article (in detail apparently) about something they don't like?

The mind boggles.


Except that's absolutely what you just did...


More like people are intentionally reading something the disagree with for the sole purpose of causing irritation through an anonymous forum.

Seriously, go somewhere else if you don't like what your reading. It's not politics or religion. What someone likes to do to their car has absolutely ZERO impact on you, especially if you live over 10000 miles away.


I see - all comments on any and all articles should be those of praise only. No critique. If you have a comment that may be critical of the subject, it should be kept to yourself? This is how this all works?

Relax, don’t take critique of something as personal. Don’t get defensive over a critical comment about a car. Life’s too short. Take some of your own advice - If you don’t like comments then don’t read them. If they’re so injurious to you, ignore them. It’s really not hard.


I think what Spencer is trying to say is that there's no point in purposely winding yourself up over something you don't like, rather than trying to suppress criticism.


Exactly. If you don't like to cook food why would you read an article about cooking and then go comment about how cooking is sh#t?

Why would you even read the article and ruin a comments section for people who do like cooking?

Unless of course you really have nothing better to do in life than to be Debby Downer in public forums, which I think is what's happened here.


You guys are sipping the koolaid so hard I don't think ur ever going to get the points people are trying to make.


Is Yamato Nadeshiko 993 the first V8 powered 911 that Nakai-san built? Because I thought Angie King from the Philippines was the first one, since it already had the LS motor even before the RWB treatment.


The RWB style is based on an aesthetic trend. People love the look of his kits/modifications on their cars. The performance aspect of said cars is up to the owners. Many owners (including Nakai himself) routinely track their RWB Porsches. Think its not up to a high standard? Good. Don't like it? OK. But complaining and comparing him to tuners like RUF etc. is like hating a bodykit company because it doesn't build sell supercars.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

I applaude your comment Sir


I was a fan of RWB back when I used to have to find pictures in magazines, and it has been interesting watching the growth from a strange shop with a bunch of Japanese customers that loved being dickheads with their Porsches to an audience of people with a far wider set of backgrounds and ideas of what it means to own RWB.

I feel like people hate Nakai less and the constant kowtowing more. He doesn't call himself a master or constantly evolve his craft and work on newer models to secure a legacy for his brand. He isn't a Rocketbunny or Liberty Walk, because he really just does (what I believe) the kind of normal work he is used to doing and he doesn't care how big it gets. If RWB never went huge worldwide, he'd be doing the same shit in Chiba without batting an eye.


I can find a lot to agree with here. I didn't used to hate JDM, JDM cars, or JDM style trends at all. What gets my goat is the overriding theme of "is Japanese, therefore is cool" (or perhaps more accurately, "is non-American, therefore is cool") that seems to permeate the "glamorous" parts of car culture these days. Speedhunters is doing a lot better than it used to, but coverage of authentically American car culture still runs towards the high-dollar builds, the big-name shows, and the nostalgia pieces. This site will more readily cover an impromptu parking-lot meet in Japan than a small-town shown 'n' shine in the US.

Every car has a story, and those stories don't get any less worthwhile just because the car isn't in a "trendy" place or built in a "trendy" style. At one of the shows last year here in Alaska, I spotted an old Ford coupe - think it was a '34 - that 100% deserves to be on this site. It didn't look like much, very simple, very old-fashioned style, the "basic" modified car of its time, but then you get closer and find out it's been Alaska registered since the 1950s. The 1964 Good Friday earthquake, the pipeline boom, maybe even the transition from territory to state (can't remember the exact year it was brought up here), this car has been through it all. But it hasn't been featured, because it's an old hot rod, in the "basic" style of its time, and it's admittedly rather far off the beaten path. "Basic" never gets in the way of featuring yet another stance build, or the latest from Liberty Walk, but somehow it keeps authentic American car culture marginalized.

There were other interesting cars at the same show too. A Marcos GT, a Judson-supercharged Karmann Ghia, an old Chevy sedan with twin turbos and water injection on a GMC straight-six, or even just a well-customized '54 Ford in metalflake purple. All more interesting than another Japanese or European car that's been dipped in a vat of trends and social media.


I'm onboard with Paddy, sounds like you need to submit pictures of this build, or find a speedhunter out in your area that you can make a connection with for this car to get featured! I think there have been a few posts recently that highlight people rubbing shoulders at events and seeing builds of different providence and ideas. This goes right in line with keeping the younger more social media / JDM / Euro guys aware and open to the idea of American builds that are a bit quirky and fun.


It sounds like you need to start taking photos and writing some stories, mate. Perfect IATS material with that Ford Coupe.


I may end up doing that. Spring breakup has officially arrived with multiple consecutive or near-consecutive above-freezing days, so show season will be starting soon enough. If I can find it again, I might send it in, although do be advised of potato camera.


Make sure they pay you buddy. Don't work for free!


Wow... look at all those hate seeing em porsches being hacked n butchered... I love porsches and RUF's alike... Being stock or tuned... looks like we can't force a stock purists to love em RWB and Magnus Walker... Whats funny is comparing an automaker (RUF) with nakai san... come on.. he's a tuner for gods sake... So why Gemballa is not mentioned in here as well and tech art, singer too? And saying that RWB is not track worthy? Never ever heard of Idlers Cup? Cheers from a Malaysian fan :D


I'm not a "hater" so much as a "don't understander". I love widebody Porkers as much as anyone, and many RWB builds look amazing. But at the end of the day, it's bodykits. It's spawned a whole exclusive rich kids club, and we know damn well that many of those will jump on to the next fad that comes along. However, Nakai-San seems to be a very cool guy, and is making a good living doing what he obviously loves, so more power to him.
That being said, I'd love to take a wander around the museum....


"he really just does (what I believe) the kind of normal work he is used to doing and he doesn't care how big it gets. If RWB never went huge worldwide, he'd be doing the same shit in Chiba without batting an eye." - Alex

This just sums up how i feel about the whole subject, argue all you want while this guy just is enjoying making cars look cool and go fast. If you cant get your head around that , just leave SH.

To Dino, what an awesome shots man! I read in the comments the museum isnt open to public sadly, I would surely spend an evening there and have a great effin' time! Anyway i enjoyed reading and watching this, thank you!


Raters gonna Rate... Well done Dino!!!!


I was there on the third day of the build of christian's number 7th RWB. Seeing Nakai-San building another legend infront of my eye really makes me feel his "aura". p/s: we did take some selfies there dinno haha


If Nakai was deceased, which I don't wish upon anyone, I would understand making a RWB museum to celebrate everything the man has done in his lifetime. But doing this while he is still alive seems like a big ego-stroke to me.


People who hate on Nakai's work see themselves as being in an elite group of motorsport purists but are actually just crying hard and mega failing at logic. How are you going to compare a largely one man tuner to a multi-billion dollar operation like RUF lmao. Also, Nakai builds these cars for customers; it's not his fault if the owner has no intention of racing.. PS: how is RWB benefitting from "free advertisement" when like 0.001 % of this sites traffic could ever afford a 911, let alone one that Nakai has tweaked. SMH... And honestly, if you can't appreciate a car for more than just straight up function, than you on the same spectrum as Prius/ Econo box driver's.. Only seeing a car as a tool, nothing more.. sad.


Hey Dino, you're a "insider" here- what's the deal with Stella Boost? Is he really selling his icon? For me it's a part of Nakai, this doesn't looks good... I know theres not much room to keep cars in japan but... Nakai=Stella Artois :/


This is such masturbatory nonsense. Pieces like this do reduce my respect for SH and Dino, and I've been coming here for a hell of a long time. I'm used to Dino producing great work, and this article has some lovely photography, but the conceit of the piece itself just makes me cringe a bit. Here we have someone who has built themselves a shrine to a chap that cuts up Porsches and screws on fibreglass flared wheelarches, bolts big wings on the back and glues garage door weather stripping onto the front bumper, with results that are generally just caricatures of the 911 GT2. I don't really have a problem with the cars, what people do with their property and what they spend their money on is really up to them. I have to say that I actually don't mind several of the RWB products, and I'm not the sort of person to clutch at pearls every time somebody modifies a car that some consider sacrosanct.
But I really don't understand the cult following RWB and Akira Nakai have, and I don't really understand why anyone would create this bizarre 'shrine' to a man who doesn't really have much of a history and is unlikely to have much of a legacy, and quite frankly doesn't really do anything particularly special. There are so many Porsche tuners who deliver the complete package of visual and performance upgrades, these seem positively half-arsed in comparison. Some seem to say 'but they're used on track!' as if that's proof that these are well-sorted machines. Yes, they are used on track, but you can drive any car on a circuit, regardless of how well it's set up. If you go to a track day you'll see all sorts of old and new cars, many on aftermarket coilovers. Does the fact that they're being used on a track inherently mean that they're well set up? Of course not!
This piece just gave me an uneasy feeling, deifying a guy with a smoking habit and a box full of tools, treating him as if he's on the level of celebrated classical composers or the old masters (in fact, the word 'master' appears in the title of this article). I don't think he's close to the level of either. He's more like the forgettable club DJ whose remixed tracks all sound the same, or a guy who spraypaints stenciled moustaches on existing paintings.
This is just my opinion, and if you're into this, all power to you. I'm just not.


The guys a hack simple and plain. Nothing to claim other than "idlers games" where he is about 10 seconds off the pace PER LAP if you look at the results from some of last years battle.

Millennials love mediocrity!

John W Cangieter

When reading the comments please keep the following words and definitions, strongly in mind:

1. Hater - A person that simply cannot be happy for another person's success. So rather than be happy they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person.

Hating, the result of being a hater, is not exactly jealousy. The hater doesnt really want to be the person he or she hates, rather the hater wants to knock somelse down a notch.

2. Fanboy - a male fan, especially one who is obsessive about comics, music, movies, or science fiction.

3. Criticism - the expression of disapproval of someone or something based on perceived faults or mistakes. the analysis and judgment of the merits and faults of a literary or artistic work.

4. Praise - express warm approval or admiration of. the expression of approval or admiration for someone or something.

5. Opinion - a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. the beliefs or views of a large number or majority of people about a particular thing. an estimation of the quality or worth of someone or something.

6. Internet troll - A mythological internet being that lives under an internet bridge. Loves to hunt for innocent netizens.

Common tactics: antagonizing other netizens by posting racist or offensive comments
Weakness: being outwitted or unable to antagonize others

All I can say is that progress in whatever shape or form is and will forever be continually tested by obstacles. So it was and always will be on the road to success. Not everyone will approve what you do, and that is okay. Art does not have to be perfect. It is the expression of an individual on his imagination, skill and effort. It's like the Mona Lisa. Some see art, I just see a PAWG with smirk. And yet I respect the effort that has gone into it. Picasso's Guernica painting, I can argue could have been painted by a 5 year old in detention. But that is the thing about art. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I respect and encourage criticism of anything and everything, so long as the criticizer does this in a constructive manner or at the very least points out the faults. The reason being is to bring to light better way to finalize something for better end results. The moment you do not point out a fault or cannot find one (through your own eyes), or cannot express/ point out a better technique towards a better end product, with no actual self experience with the current product/form/ item, you are basically hating. Hating is a form of opinion and yes everyone has their right to express their opinion, but disapproval without a foundation or personal experience is called prejudice.
Sometimes Art does not have to be perfect. The simplest form of this that I can think if is a female human. As men we all have our own takes on what we call an attractive woman. While most men want a say Anne Hatheway, (just chose her name as an example as she is also hated on heavily for her accomplishments while yet having accomplished so much) for a wife for obvious reasons, we can't help but being attracted to say a Jynx maze or Phoenix Marie when we see one.
No matter what opinions will be different by every person who views an art form.

I have been following Speedhunters.com for over 6 years and it has never let me down. While from time to time some cars will show up that do not fit my personal taste or interest, I simply skip reading what I do not like after looking at the pictures. But every car here has implanted something new to my mind. You can learn something new even fro the ones you hate (governments do it all the time).

Great article in my opinion, and I salute anyone who has progressed at anything from a small scale to a larger platform, even if you have progressed at hating. It simply means you are dedicated to your craft. Just don't prejudge.


You give an aspirin a headache mate.


This is the most astoundingly moronic thing I have ever read in my entire life. At no point in this absurdly long-drawn-out collection of words did you make any ounce of a legitimate or note-worthy point.

John W Cangieter

aha, but you read it... I have officially wasted 20+ seconds of your life...


This is one of those articles I didn't want to end. Great job!


Wait what? I'm from Johor and this is my first time i heard this. Might check it out if i ever come down to JB.