Singapore’s 1st RWB. Part 1: It’s a Rough World, we shoot rough, we shoot monochrome.

“The internets is srs biznass”. Jokes aside, the World wide web has really transformed the way everyone around the World interacts with one another, allowing each and everyone of us access to all sorts of data with just a few keystrokes and a click of the mouse.

This hyper highway of information has also meant that localized car cultures no longer stay within the confines of communities nor countries, and in the past few years, have allowed sharing of automotive cultural ideas and ideologies across all continents. Non more so than the cult of Rauh Welt Begriff (RWB) and the man behind it, Akira Nakai.

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After years of visiting other countries to catch glimpses of RWBs, the day has finally come for us to welcome Nakai-san to our local shores where a build has been commissioned by one brave individual.

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Taking an electric powered saw to the fenders of a pristine 964 will probably shatter the hearts and minds of many a purist (especially in Singapore where air-cooleds are quite rare with prices reflecting this fact) but for the converts, it’s the process of realising a dream.

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I managed to drop by after work on build night 1, to take a peek at RWB’s cult artisan at work and to document what i can of Singapore’s very first RWB build. And since it’s a Rough World build, let’s document it in rough monochrome style.

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Nakai-san was already deep into his “zone” and fully focused when i arrived.

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No one disturbs the man when he’s working in his element.

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Tools of the trade.

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Settling the car down for the night as RWB-SG #01 gets pushed back into the shop and Nakai-san takes a breather, finishing up early for Day 1.

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Classic.

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Some time off for the owner and the builder.

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Working on his stance.

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A last look before closing shop and heading out for dinner.

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Build day (and night) 2 beckons.

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