It was a bummer to miss the invitation by Nakai-san to come to his garage in Fujigokoro, Kashiwa-shi for a private party which fell on the second day of Tokyo Auto Salon 2013. We were lost, hopping from one train to another, asking ’em Nihonjins for directions and finally gave-up and went straight to bed. I called the RWB International Director, Toshiya Ichiraku to set up an appointment with Nakai-san at his legendary garage instead.
To make thing easier for us, since I’ve had enough of getting on and off the train without actually arriving at the destination… I called Kazunori Miyamoto, an old friend to help us out. Being typical Japanese, he’s always a busy bee and for the next four days my calls were only greeted by a cute voice saying that he’s not around to pick up the calls.
Nevertheless, he called me back on Friday that week and I told him about getting to RWB to meet up with the famous Nakai-san. After a long chat like chicken and duck, I managed to convey the message and the appointment was set on Sunday afternoon as Nakai-san would only be back from the States in the morning, after a week of creating another Rough World beauty there.
Right after breakfast, Miyamoto-san picked us up and we headed to Dee’s Club to meet up with another old friend, Satoshi Inoue the President of Dee’s Club, publisher of the revered Option range of magazines. After receiving a whole load of magazines from Inoue, adding more dead-weight to our already heavy luggages, we made our way to Fujigokoro, Kashiwa-shi.
It was quite a journey as it was about 60 clicks from Tokyo. After 40 minutes of driving through the congestion, a number of illegal U-turns and zig-zagging through back lanes of houses, we arrived at a garage without even a signboard. It’s the place where Nakai-san conjures his magic of roughing up the Porsches to perfection.
As we entered his shabby garage, unlike any other garages in Japan which were kept tidy, we saw Nakai-san working alone on an old classic Porsche, straight to from his working trip to the States. The garage was not what we’d expected since Porsche has always been one of the ultimate brand of sportcars. We’d imagined a posh garage instead of a shabby one, just like any small garages here in Malaysia. But then again, the working environment of Nakai-san has that particular stench of attitude just like himself.
We spent three hours there, savouring the essence of fibre and smokes from Nakai-san’s favourite Winston ciggies, while watching him work his magic. Once in a while, he took a short break and had a chat with us. RWB is all over the world today, with countless Porsches being RWB’d in the States, Canada, UAE, Japan, Phillipines and even Thailand with about 30 RWB’d Porsches and counting in the Land of Smiles. I’d say it would be just a matter of time before we get to see an RWB’d Porsche here in Malaysia, right?
words: hage’ pix: Hazwan Najims, Faiz Zakariah, Johan Izham & hage’