Thursday, April 14, 2011

inspiration at random

I know that I have a pretty diverse readership so I like to keep things interesting for everyone and I know that there are some of my friends who read this and think "seriously, what the f*ck are coilovers!" and that is totally cool by me. If the occasional person comes across my blog and learns the odd thing or two, that would really make me happy. Over the last couple of years I’ve learned so many new things myself and sometimes I forget that I should really be pausing and making an effort to share them on my blog. The whole point of this blog is to share what I’ve learned with others and that’s exactly what I feel like doing today.

The first thing I’d like to share is my recently discovered love for the G35 Infiniti Coupe, known here in NZ as the Nissan V35/350GT Skyline. It only made sense that I would be attracted to these cars because of their similarity to the Nissan 350z, (another favourite car of mine!) which I have learned sits on the same chassis. Here are some photos that have been sitting on my hard drive waiting to find themselves useful.

Note that a few of these are G37s (newer model car with the bigger 3.7l engine)…

One day I would love to own one of these cars as a daily driver, but until then my poor little 1.5l Lucino coupe will have to do the job!

Poor Lucy :(

My next new found obsession is with the notorious styling of Rauh Welt – I don’t know how anyone couldn’t be impressed by these cars. After seeing a recent article on Speedhunters I was drawn in by the unusual concept of these 'JDM Porsches' and I had to learn more about them. I was even more pleased (and a tad bit jealous) to see that my friend Aaron had recently had the opportunity to meet RWB founder Nakai-San in Japan and interview him for the latest copy of Performance Car magazine. If you get the chance make sure you check it out in the May issue!

Rauh Welt Begriff (German for Rough World Concept) is the creation of tuner and Porsche fanatic Nakai-San. I'd never seen anything like it before and at first was a bit sceptical, but the more I saw of Nakai's creations the more my appreciation has grown for what he does. He is an artist fueled by passion and a true master of his craft.

Nakai-San creates each Porsche specifically with the owner in mind, with drivers handing over their keys and 'leaving him to it' to work his magic. They don't even know what colour the car will be when they get it back - all they know is that it's going to look f*cking 100 times cooler! Nakai-San works from pure inspiration to create each of his beloved projects and his style is truly unique. Each car is given a name too, a few famous ones include "Master Piece", "Natty Dread", "Royal Montego Bay" and his personal Porsche is named "Stella Artois" after his favourite beer!

This is the project Nakai describes as his "first and last car" and you can see why. He has owned the car for over 15 years and it is a true labour of love, with everything down to the very finest details of the car crafted to perfection. Check out this fantastic feature about it on Speedhunters here. So cool!

I am also told that Nakai-San is absolutely crazy (apparently that is an understatement!) for New Zealand's mutton and lamb! Perhaps we will see him on our shores in the near future, and if so, I think we should definitely convince him to build a Porsche here! Hmm.... I wonder what he would name it!?

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  1. fucking lovely pics! nice read too :)

  2. A guy from my area went to Japan this christmas and went to the Rauh Welt shop, and was picked up from the train station in Nakai's Merc. He was there when Nakai-san was fitting the rear bumper on that silver super widebody 993, which fit massive 335 tires and 12.5 inch wide rears with 0 offset. He said it was crazy to watch him work because he literally did no measurements and just drilled right into the bumper while it was off the car then slapped it on and it fit perfectly. He got all kinds of pictures of the shop and various cars being worked on. The guy is a master of his craft clearly, and apparently very generous and humble when it comes to admirers of his work.


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