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Idlers 12 hours of Motegi with RWB - Part 1

Last July I attended the Idlers 12 hours of Motegi with team RWB. We traveled through the night before the event from the RWB HQ in Chiba to the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Tochigi. I took these shots at a gas station on the way. The seven noisy RWB race cars showing up in the dead of night along with an army of RWB race drivers, crew members and photographers from around the world certainly brought the sleepy service area to life.

As you can see, the cars are all road registered and were driven to the event on public roads; no flatbeds, no trucks. It was a good chance to check the cars were all running smoothly. I actually traveled with RWB regular Alex Kyo in one of Nakai-San’s 993s. It was a real thrill to be a part of that journey, travelling in convoy, in the dead of night, on a Japanese highway with so many incredible cars.

I have a huge collection of photos from this event. It was an amazing experience and definitely a highlight since I started Rapid Japan. Part 2 coming soon.

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Preparations for the Idlers Motegi 12hr at RWB Japan

We spent a lot of time at RWB Japan in weeks leading up to the 2016 Idlers Motegi 12 hour endurance race.

My buddy Alex Kyo (that’s him in the last shot) was especially busy helping out Nakai San with the 7 RWB race cars which competed in the event. He took these great photos of team RWB at work and wrote this little piece about his experience:

I was told Nakai San would be extremely busy in the period leading up to the Idlers Motegi 12hr endurance race on the 24th of July, so I went to the RWB Japan Headquarters to help him out. 7 Porsches were being prepared for the race, and there was a lot of work to be done.

I started helping Nakai San about a year ago with minor maintenance jobs (mainly polishing the cars), but this time I was asked to help him remove the interior panels and rear seats to reduce the weight of his air-cooled Porsches. We removed nearly 20kg of weight from the cars including heat insulation, interior panels and cushions. Removing the sticky glue and continuously having to clean the panels made the task a lot less enjoyable and added an extra 3 hours of work per car to the process.

Once all the bulky interior materials had been removed, we set about painting the interior metal, but as we only had a few days to finish off all the cars, we opted out of getting them painted professionally and did it DIY style with a spray can.

Nakai San seldom talks during working. Even when he takes a break he prefers smoking and gazing at the cars. The man is a true artist and It has been a pleasure working with him.

Alex Kyo

The race itself took its toll on the cars with 5 of them suffering damage or engine trouble of some kind, the worst of which being a severe crash for the 993 known as Adriana. More on that coming soon.