Sorry about the serious delay. I’ve been a bit busy at my job and between that and trying to recover from my recent illness, I’ve been trying to desperately find the time to put up day two from our travels to Japan. Don’t fret! We’re gonna blow your minds with another awesome post that will make your computer/phone explode.
When I last left off, we had just taken in day one at the Tokyo Auto Salon right after meeting up Nakai and Toshi from Rauh-Welt Begriff Japan at a bar and lounge in the ritzy part of Roppongi Hills. Tokyo Auto Salon ended around 5pm that Friday, so we tried to avoid the rush of everyone cramming into the metro lines by leaving a little early. We were supposed to meet Nakai and Toshi one more time but at the actual RWB shop in Chiba City.
With our new pal, Park Baker of High Top Fade who’s been living in Japan for a few years guiding us gaijin around, we decided to run back to our hotel which isn’t far from Rauh-Welt Japan and take a breather. We charged our phones and camera batteries while we tried to catch up with things back at home via the book of faces. We decided to grab a quick bite to eat nearby (forgot the name of the place) which actually looked more like a Japanese version of Waffle House minus the fat truckers. We paid for our meals via a coin operated machine at the front of the restaurant that looked like a condom vending machine you find in shady clubs back at home. We sat down and the guys chowed down on some curry beef and rice (extremely popular in Japan) while I got down on some rice with some thinly sliced beef on top. It wasn’t bad, but it definitely wasn’t something you’d brag about, and at this point in the day, we really didn’t care because we were hungry.
After leaving, we were told by Nakai to take a train to a station nearby his shop where he would pick us up. He shows up right on time and we quickly all cram into his lowered Benz, making it even more slammed. We pull up to RWB and it’s just like what you see online and on the photos, a decrepit looking old tin shop that has widebody Porsches littered all over the lot. We all looked at each other with the stupidest grins, giving each other that “oh you’re damn right” nod.
We walk into RWB and were immediately greeted with half a dozen fatass Porsches all wearing different color paint, kinda like how you’d imagine walking into a skittles bag if you were the size of a flea. To the right was the famous neon light lit lounge area complete with walls of Stella Artois bottles, pool table and assorted random car parts like Brembo calipers scattered throughout. The ultimate man cave.
We weren’t the only ones there, however. If you remember the RWB 911’s from Thailand, the white 993 in particular, the owner of that car was there too. He was in Japan for TAS as well, and we quickly exchanged names. As Danny and Evan were chatting with Nakai and Toshi about suspension setups for his 993 back in Texas, I started taking a few snaps alongside Park and Danh who were already on the floor of the shop taking photos of the many beasts that were kept in captivity. I’d look at Danh a few times, and he already knew exactly what I was thinking- that we were on the other side of the planet in the most ultimate man cave having a Stella Artois with the legend himself.
The next thing I knew was we were all to go out to eat at an all-you-can-eat buffet nearby. It was insisted by Nakai that we go, because he wanted to show us a good time. We had JUST eaten like maybe two hours ago, but we didn’t have the heart to tell him we just ate, so we smiled and agreed to go.
Near the end, we felt the food coma coming, and combined with our lack of sleep from the past two days, we called it quits and politely told the RWB boys that we needed to get back, even though he wanted us to go to yet another party. This guy is a freaking animal! I was told by the Thailand guys that Nakai had maybe slept a total of 6 hours during that week at it was Friday! Crazy.
We crashed that night, crashed out hard.
The next morning we awoke and hopped on the train to what we thought was the station for Makuhari Messe, the convention center, but it being Saturday now, the trains ran a completely different route. We got off at a different stop, but were told to take a bus to where TAS was. We didn’t mind, and did our best to get there in one piece.
We arrived at Tokyo Auto Salon, and like day one, me and Danh put on our gamefaces and went to work. We met up with Park again for day two, and as he was shooting for StanceNation, I sought out to cover some of my favorite cars in the Tuning Gallery.
I’m gonna close out part one of day two with one of my favorite tuner cars there, the Pit Road GTO. This thing was beefy, and screamed balls out racing.
Don’t worry! There’s a TON more! I couldn’t fit all the photos into one post, so I had to break it up into two parts! Part two will cover the rest of the TAS cars we saw that day, so relax!
Stay tuned, I’m leaving tonight for San Francisco, California to attend one of the biggest shows in the US, Wek’Fest SF! We’ve got a lot more coming down the pipeline so watch out!