We first had our coffee at Hard Rock Cafe in Roppongi back in 2006 as Inoue took us out for a drive at night looking for anything worth featuring and there were a whole lot of them back then. As we planned for our trip to Japan back in January, Hazwan came across RWB facebook page and there was a gathering, to be held a day before Tokyo Auto Salon 2013.
Since we’ve been to Roppongi before, Jeo and I thought it would be easy to find Hard Rock Cafe. The only thing we didn’t consider was the fact that back in 2006, Inoue-san drove us there instead of us finding our way from the hotel. However, since the Japanese have always been perfectionists, getting to Roppongi via the train was easy enough. As we exited the train station, there was a poster of Hard Rock Cafe, indicating that it’s near the train station.
We took a right and walked 100meters at least before I thought of asking around so that we wouldn’t get lost. It was 2.15pm and we had more than enough time to find Hard Rock as the gathering was due at 4pm. Since it was snowing, temperature dropped by the hours and the longer we stayed outside, the colder it became.
I went into a property office and asked for directions. It was simple enough, walk straight until you see McDonald’s and take a left, then you’d see Hard Rock Cafe. The problem was there were two McDonald’s in view and none of ’em were near Hard Rock. It was nowhere to be seen. We continued walking and asked a police officer, turned out he has never heard of Hard Rock Cafe at all.
After a whole lot of asking around and walking in circles, we met a despatch boy by the roadside, he was Tanabe-san who went all out to find Hard Rock cafe for us. He went on and led us to Hard Rock Cafe. After a quick walk that took 20 minutes which us panting out of breath, we were greeted by an orange coloured RWB’d 993 Porsche at the car park beside it. We were so relieved as it was already 3.30pm. I offered some cash to Tanabe-san but he respectfully declined.
Within half an hour upon arrival, RWB’d Porsche owners started to occupy the parking lot. Almost all scraped the entrance of the parking lot as the rides were extremely low. It was quite a sight to behold and was amazing to actually be there and be a part of the gathering. Nakai-san was friendly enough and so were the rest of the owners to actually have a chat with us… even though we’re microscopic compared to Speedhunters. Toshiya Tom Ichiraku, International Director of RWB was the first person that approached us and he was quite surprised when we told him that we were from Malaysia.
There were 20 RWB’d Porsches in total, in various colours and models and despite being almost similar, each of Nakai’s creation has certain flair of individualism as what he’d always said, each RWB is different from one another. That’s the beauty of Rauh-Welt Begriff.
words: hage’ pix: Hazwan Najims, Faiz Zakariah, Johan Izham & hage’