TAS Week 2024: RWBs Take Over The Onerous Rock Cafe

TAS Week 2024: RWBs Take Over The Onerous Rock Cafe
TAS Week 2024: RWBs Take Over The Onerous Rock Cafe

It’s truthful to say that Tokyo Auto Salon is the basis of most automotive tourism in Japan, and the ensuing meets surrounding it in January definitely make for a busy, but thrilling month.

First up this yr was RAUH-Welt Begriff’s annual New 12 months Celebration – or extra particularly the RWB Automobile Assembly that precedes it – held on the Onerous Rock Cafe in Roppongi on Thursday night earlier than TAS 2024 kicked off.

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You might need observed lately that the Porsche 911 has seemingly re-established itself as a pop-culture icon. 964s are being utilized in trend commercials and even the model new 992 GT3 is making its method into conversations with associates you didn’t even know had been into vehicles. I’m certain that’s partially the motive why the crowd at this yr’s RWB meet was unfathomably giant; the opposite is the actual fact a lot of persons are on the town for TAS.

I’ve attended this occasion for a few years now and it’s all the time breathtaking seeing so many wide-bodied 911s in a single place, and nearly the whole lot from early-model G-body coupes to 997 cabriolets.

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Because the years press on, we’re beginning to see fairly just a few RWB 997s – a comparatively new providing from Nakai-san – within the combine. Whether or not you want them or not, they’re definitely a refreshing addition to the RAUH-Welt Begriff lineage. There have been just a few flavours at this assembly.

I used to be delighted to see a few slender physique 911s amongst the gang too, lovely in their very own proper however serving as a obtrusive reminder of how vast these RWB Porsches proceed to get.

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And naturally, it wouldn’t be a central Tokyo automotive meet with out some sort of police presence. While the gang continued to develop, a number of officers noticed from afar, sarcastically enjoying into the well-established RWB outlaw tradition.

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With seemingly no clarification, this truck was sitting out on the primary street – an attention-grabbing sight contemplating this 997 has license plates and the ethos of this assembly – coaxing RWB homeowners into driving their vehicles out within the wild.

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RWB 911s are identified for dividing teams of lovers, however regardless of which method you take a look at them, they’ll all the time be very polarising vehicles. Having seen a number of of those assault the Motegi Twin-Ring circuit is proof sufficient that at the very least a handful of them get pushed the best way their aero suggests they must be.

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As a lot as I do benefit from the RWB assembly, it was a easy, white AE86 that made me the happiest to see. Again in January 2019, I visited Japan and this RWB meet for the primary time, taking a photograph of this precise Levin, on this precise location. Quick ahead 5 years, I’m again, in my very personal AE86 alongside the identical white automotive. This was probably essentially the most full-circle and rewarding second of my time in Japan thus far.

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One other nice yr of RWBs in Tokyo, and even higher to be again on the Onerous Rock Cafe in Roppongi after a short time away. If this meet will get any larger, maybe subsequent yr a fair larger venue could also be a necessity although.

Alec Pender
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