The legacy of Nakai-San

RWB – Rauh Welt Begriff, is Nakai-San automotive persona. For me, he’s one of the 3 tuners/builders/modifiers (whatever…) that I truly admire, in no particular order: Singer, Ruf, RWB. All completely different in scope, execution, objective and cost. It just shows how mind-boggling diverse, the Porsche 911 galaxy actually is.

Nakai-San is the consummate artisan. His cars show a much stronger concern for visuals rather than for internals. Which doesn’t mean that they’re left out of the package, it’s just that the body mods have such an inherent aggression and rawness that goes so well with older (air) 911’s.

I really crave the pics from his workshop and him at work. There’s an appealing apparent disorder and a strong hot-rodding ambiance, while we watch him finessing a huge fender flare…

Take a look at the incredible tight fit between fender and wheel ! One of his trademarks.

He gives each one of the cars he builds, a different visible name, etching it for posterity. The most known is his own 930 – Stella Artois – probably named for his favorite beer.

You will notice that most of his cars have tires from Idlers… Well, as far as I know Idlers is not a real brand, it’s just a stencil that he uses to spray paint his tires sidewalls. It’s his own brand… And they do look good ! Score +1 for RWB.

Scroll down for a modest selection of his cars. I had a hard time deciding which ones to include, I love them all ! They really strike a chord in me. This is part of what made me gravitate to Porsche during the 70’s, those wide rear fenders…

He seems to be partial to Lime Green 😉

But reds are nice too.



Filed under Classic, Mechanics, Motorsport, porsche, tuner

11 responses to “The legacy of Nakai-San

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  2. Nice write up man! I worked with Nakai and still go back every so often to help him out, have a look at this…

  3. Oh, and I just bought one of your LeMans shirts 🙂

  4. Rich

    One thing wrong with the article,Idlers isn’t his own brand that he just happens to use, it’s a car racing club in Japan.

  5. if you had an original, clean 964, would you “RWB” it or preserve it as an original, unmodified example?

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