Earlier in the year, Raul-Welt creations started to emerge from Japan and make its way into the mainstream. When that happened, I started to express a general concern about how I wasn’t sure if exposure into the global limelight was going to be a good thing for the once underground-awesomeness that was RWB.
And then it happened…knock-off kits have started to appear of Nakai-san’s unique body kits. This body kit by VAD is just the first example that I’ve found. It’s clear that they’re trying to copy the Raul-Welt style, even down the riveted fenders. They say that imitation is the kindest form of flattery, but honestly I just feel like aero-kits like this start to white-wash out the impact that RWB has spent so much time trying to build.
Does this have the raw-style of an RWB car? No. Does this car look like it was built with meticulous passion and care? No. Take a look at any videos of Nakai-san working on one of his projects, and you’ll see that Rauh-Welt cars are built with a bespoke passion and enthusiasm that can’t be duplicated. But it sure can be washed out by imitation-look kits.
Does anyone care about imitation parts? Am I overreacting?
I’m not going to lie. Although I have my own personal reservations on whether I’m ok with RWB becoming an international brand, it is pretty thrilling to watch people enjoy Nakai-san’s creation world-wide.
As always, RWB is looking beautiful. No matter where it is in the world.
From the beginning of time, I’ve been a fan of Raul-Welt Porsches. I’ve already done some posts on why I respect Nakai-san, and his desire to build his version of the perfect car. I just noticed that I had a lot of photos of Raul-Welt Porsches saved on my drive, and I decided that I wanted to share them with you.
Note: I didn’t take any of these photos, but one day I will go to Japan and take some myself.
…and that’s all right with me! I love this 964, and would love to have one just like it.
Note: I’d advise watching the video in full screen.
In my opinion, most things in life are cooler when fewer people know about them. Having something fall into the mainstream can risk a dilution of its uniqueness, as imitation starts to creep up.
Years ago, Nakai-san and the Raul-Welt brand made a quiet, but impactful presence on the automotive scene. Creating small shockwaves for those in the ‘know’ in the corners of the internet, Nakai-san’s cars sat in a comfortably ‘hip’ niche in tuning world brandishing a uniquely rough fusion of German performance and Japanese styling.
Recently, RWB fever has exploded through the tuning world. On the one hand, that’s great! I would never blame Nakai-san for wanting his business to reach as many people as possible. It’s clear that he really wants owners of Raul-Welt cars to enjoy his work and share his passion for driving.
However on the other hand, the question gains to be raised: “Does RWB become any less unique, the more people that know about it? Is RWB starting to become too mainstream? Can Nakai-san’s creations become ‘played out’, if people start to attempt to copy the style?
Does any of that even matter?
RAUH WELT Begriff // Night Session from eGarage on Vimeo.