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Ashley’s DREAM – Hawaii 001

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world – Harriet Tubman

 

Photos: Matthew WongScott Ishida, Ashley Tanabe, and Shane Kotomori

Words: Scott Ishida

Car Owner: Ashley Tanabe

 

I first was introduced to Ashley during the summer of 2017, several of my friends had mentioned that she was a passionate automotive enthusiast that was from the island of Hawaii. At the time we first met, she was an owner of a “swaggy” Champagne Mode Parfume Lexus GS. The Lexus was equipped with air suspension topped off with Work Meister S1 3P wheels with all around Endless Big Brake.

Towards the end of 2017, Ashley was lucky enough to finally own a 1997 Porsche 911. We took a drive down to Pasadena, hoping and praying the Porsche wouldn’t die out!

In 1997 cars didn’t have the luxury of having an AUX or Bluetooth connectivity to listen to music. You either had to listen to the radio or use a cassette tape. This Porsche was equipped with a newer Porsche Design head unit which had a CD player. Positive: We had music blasting in the car. Negative:  The CD that was in the Porsche was all the hits from the early 70’s. One song in particular by The Five Stairsteps – Ooh Child was the song that was on repeat all night.

“Ooh-oo child, Things are gonna get easier, Ooh-oo child, Things’ll get brighter”

Ashley has been an automotive enthusiast for over 15 years. Throughout that time she defiantly had her fair share of builds varying from off-road vehicles, ricey (is that a word?) Honda’s, to VIP style cars.  However the one thing consistent between them has been that she’s always strived to be the “first” in some aspect; which is relatively easy coming from Hawaii since the trends tend to hit there last (or not at all).

In 2017 by a leap of faith, Ashley became connected with a Porsche modification/repair facility in Costa Mesa (Sleeper’s Speed Shop).  She had mentioned “The one reason why I have never ventured into the European market is due to the lack of parts availability & qualified technicians in Hawaii so with this newfound connection, I started to “browse” the market.”  She landed upon a random craigslist find in San Diego & ended up purchasing the 993 sight unseen with the help of AutoFashion & Sleepers.

The next step was a bit more difficult for Ashley, determining if she should stick to the Porsche Purist route which was equally tempting thanks to the influence of 911Cooled & their CoolFuchs Crew or “chop up a perfectly good car” and go RWB. For those who don’t know Ashley…she’s pretty indecisive

However sooner than later, the “need to be first” attitude got the best of her. She ending up going RWB due to the fact that it has not been done in Hawaii and the RWB female builder percentage is predominantly low (so I had to represent my fellow female automotive enthusiasts & prove that we can build an equally quality build).

“And that my friends, is how Hawaii RWB#1 was born in the Aloha State!”

 

Upgrades:

-SSR SP1 (Front 18×10.5 / Rear 18×13)

-Toyo R888R (Front 265/30/18 / Rear 335/30/18)

-Fister Stage III Sport Exhaust

-Rennline Interior Components

-Recaro Seats

-Sparco Harnesses

-Custom Sleepers Speed Shop Roll Bar

-CAE Shifter

-Retrofit Source Bi-Xenon RWB Projectors

Dave’s RWB “Diesel” New Jersey 001

Photos: Tom M.
Words: Denny H.

At a young age of 5, Dave eyeballed a red 964, asked his dad what type of car it was and the rest is now history. Dad’s solid advice given at the time set the foundation for what you see today, Dave’s 1989 3.2 Carrera Targa.

In 2009, Dave stumbled upon Nakai-san’s “Stella Artois”, it was “love at first sight”, Dave recites.

In 2010, the introduction of RWB USA with Mark Arcenal‘s “Pandora One” pushed Dave to set a goal. His goal was, within 10 years he will build one.

In August of 2018, we introduce you “Diesel”, sitting comfortable on 3-piece Fifteen52 Formula TR with Toyo R888R. Upgraded torsion bars with full poly bushings and Koni Sport Shocks; Elephant racing camber plates and a 3 point strut brace round out the corners.

The open air experience and curved rear glass attracted Dave to his 930. The lack of driving aides gave him a raw driving experience which was perfect for his street build.

The engine was massaged with 964 cams, 930 oil pump ,SSI heat exchangers, M&K Exhaust and custom tune all handled by ROCS Motorsports in Belleville, NJ.

The build is an emotional one. Dave’s special moment was witnessing the car community from all different platforms, coming together to experience his build – and lent a helping hand.

It’s unbelievable to see one man’s talent bringing the community together, and from what I hear, it’s impactful. That man is Nakai-san.

So, what was the advice Dave’s dad gave him at 5 years old? “If I studied and worked hard, I can afford one in the future.”

I would concluded that it was a solid advice.

Dave gives special thanks to: Fifteen52 for the amazing wheels, ROCS Motorsports for the motor build, Pino from @rsr_autobody_restoration for the amazing paint job, @autocouture for hosting, and everyone that came out to support the build.

Now, I present you the amazing photoset of Diesel by Tom Murray (@supreme_tom)

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