Trying to put my experience over the 18 months or so working with Nakai-San at RWB into words is proving impossible, the guy is such an inspiration! He is someone who I have the utmost respect for, have learned so much from and who has been so good to me during my time in Japan, all of which I will never forget!
I have decided to leave Japan to apply for university and follow my dream of becoming a Motorsport engineer, something I have wanted to do for a number of years and I now feel the time is right to do so.
A lot of people will think I am crazy leaving a place like RWB or Japan in general but I know that I will always be a part of the close knit RWB family and I will see all those guys in the near future.
It’s been a while since I really posted anything on the blog so I said I would make a post containing some of my best memories of my time at RWB so please enjoy the photos…
Would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved with RWB in Japan and throughout the world who welcomed me and made my time there so special, I’m very lucky to be a part of a growing family and I look forward to seeing you all again very soon!
Another thank you to Yoko Kubo, Shinji Yoshioka, Aaron Mai, Jeab Jglaze, RWB Thailand, Taryn Croucher, Matt Kingery, Doug Wilson and DOHC Research for the awesome photos.
It’s been an absolute pleasure,
Gary Patrick Mannion
I can’t believe 2012 is almost over! It has been a year of ups and downs, full of challenges, too many great nights to remember, seen so many great places and met a lot of great people in the process. I’m at a crossroads in my life now and I will decide over the next few months which road I will take. It’s been almost 3 years since I left Dublin for Japan, how the past 3 years have flown! Next week I will go to the Philippines on a much needed and well overdue holiday so I thought I would make a quick post of some of my favourite pictures from the last 12 months. There has been so many to chose from and I haven’t included any of the 2000+ that are in my iphone so was a challenge to pick just a few! Sorry for the amount of car pics but it’s my job at the end of the day… Enjoy.
Here is our International RWB family celebrating after completing the idlers 12 hour + 9 minute endurance race at Motegi back in July. We had staff, customers and great friends from Japan/Thailand/USA taking part and was such an incredible day with incredible people!
My all time favourite car, hands down, happened to drive in to the same parking area! I couldn’t believe my eyes. I chased it through the carpark and managed to get some pics of it before we had to leave. Amazing.
My girlfriend and I climbed Mt. Fuji back in August for her birthday. Here is the sunset from our starting point. A tough 7-8 hours of climbing later and we were greeted by the most amazing sunrise I think I will ever see!
The view and the colours were unreal! It was so cold up top but we sat there for a bit while the sun rose and the sky changed colour. If you’re ever in Japan you have to climb, trust me, its worth it!
Another event I had missed in previous years but promised myself I would make this year was the JCCA classic car festival at Tsukuba. If you love museum condition, classic Japanese cars being thrashed around a racetrack, this is your heaven!
I’ll finish the post with a picture I took last month at Rikugien garden, such a cold night but a really beautiful park located 2 minutes walk from Komagome JR station. A must-see if you’re in Tokyo around Christmas!
Well that’s basically it, I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and wish you all the best for 2013!
Here’s my second post from Sundays Idlers sprint race at Tsukuba, this time it’s some shots from the track..