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At Tatsumi PA with Nate Vosburg and his new RWB 964

Met up with Nate Vosburg in Tokyo recently to have a look at his new smooth fender RWB 964 build. Last time I saw the car, it was sitting in Nakai-San’s workshop in pieces. It was black, and Nate and Alex Kyo were working hard to get the car prepared for Nakai-San to do his thing. To see it here in Tokyo, in all it’s glory, with its glistening red paint was something special. The hard work has really paid off.

We took the car up to Tatsumi PA for a little photo shoot. The parking area was full of cars coming back from the Stance Nation event in Odaiba earlier that afternoon. Even so, the RWB didn’t fail to turn heads, and it didn’t take long before the car was surrounded by lads and their camera phones. 

The car is a very lightweight machine thanks to a stripped out interior, acrylic windows and a carbon hood. No AC/heater, no audio system, a sunroof delete and various other weight saving mods make this, according to Nakai-San, one of the lightest RWBs he’s ever built.

It’s been a real pleasure to see this car come to fruition here in Japan. Nate is actually moving back to the States this week, and taking the car with him, which makes these shots of the car in Tokyo that little bit more special. 

Big thank you to Nate and Alex for inviting me along for the ride. Thank you also to Mei-Chan who took the rolling shots on the Shutoko Highway while I tried to keep up with Nate in my Miata!



Nakai-San and Rotana at the Motegi Idlers Porsche day

My Rapid Japan sidekick Alex Kyo attended the Idlers Porsche Day at Twin Ring Motegi last month where Nakai-San was competing in his mighty Rotana 993. Alex took these amazing photos of the master gearing up for the race. He also did a short write up about the race itself:

The main race at the Idlers Porsche day featured an intense battle between Nakai-San in his RWB Rotana 993 and a modern, carbon fiber 911 GT3 Cup Car. Nakai-San qualified 2nd but got a fantastic start and took the lead into the first corner. The 911 GT3, which started on pole, dropped to third at the start, but quickly made ground to catch up with the leading Nakai-San. 

From lap three the rivals were dueling for first position. Rotana made up ground in the corners, but lost out to the 911 GT3 on the straights. The straight line speed of Nakai-San’s rival was eventually too much, and the 911 GT3 took the win. 

While Nakai-San lost out in the end, he did incredibly well to keep up with the pace of the hi-tech 911 GT3 Cup Car; a car made 20 years after Rotana. 

Alex Kyo

See more of Alex’s adventures at @4lexkyo on Instagram.