2013 – my year in pics

So as the sun sets on 2013, here are some of my favourite photos of my adventures throughout the year…

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A year of ups and downs and big decisions..

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Tokyo Auto Salon

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Holiday in Cebu, Philippines

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Street art – Shibuya, Tokyo

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Work – RAUH Welt Begriff, Chiba, Japan

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RWB New Year Party – Roppongi, Japan with Jeab, Nakai-San and Shusaku-San

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Tokyo SkyTree

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Snowboarding – Inawashiro resort, Fukushima, Japan

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RWB New Year meet – Hard Rock Cafe, Roppongi, Tokyo

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Asakusa at night

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My first two Porsches that I cut up and built at RWB

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Took part in the Tokyo St. Patrick’s day parade with our football team

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My favourite time of year – Megurogawa, Tokyo

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Watching the world go by – Harajuku, Tokyo

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Tokyo station after the restoration

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Spent my last day living in Japan driving around Chiba in an RWB 993 with some great friends

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Ha’penny bridge, Dublin

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Croke park, Dublin

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Had a fantastic time in San Francisco, such a beautiful city! Was great catching up with old friends and even got to ride around the city in a Hakosuka!

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50 years of the 911 – Mondello Park, Co.Kildare

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Ireland v Faroe Islands – Aviva stadium, Dublin

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IDC round 1 – Mondello Park, Co.Kildare

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Went to Gatebil Rudskogen in July, what an experience! Got to hang out with my good friend Torby and got to see his awesome garage where he’s currently restoring his stunning Datsun 240Z!

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Back to Japan in July to race at idlers 12hour endurance race for RWB

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My third endurance race working with RWB and the best yet, LOVED driving the lovers rough/RWB Ireland 993, such an awesome car!

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My good friend Danny at FC Autosource loaned me this beautiful AE86 while I had a couple days off after the race and which I subsequently got arrested in πŸ™‚

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Got to see the Coronas at the FM104 the gig at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, what a band!

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Headed to Barcelona for a few days back in August

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My friend Jonathan and I raised almost €1500 for our skydive in aid of the Irish Haemophilia society back in November, absolutely amazing experience and all for a great cause!

Well that’s been pretty much it for 2013, I’m sure I missed some stuff but that’s all I can think of right now, been a great year…

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Thank you!

– Gary Patrick Mannion

My year in Photos…

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.

787BAs good as the 787B looks in a photo, it just can’t do a car like this justice. The sound is out of this world!

424392_3019120190980_1068629567_nIkebukuro at night from Sunshine city observation deck

217641_337722156321578_1459568931_nMy first drift event at Nikko circuit put on by Car Modify Wonder

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABeautiful lights in Marunouchi, close to Tokyo station

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANakai-san’s stunning 930 – Stella Artois at idlers – Tsukuba385583_3453764096806_464057480_nTokyo SkyTree shortly before it’s official opening

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABeautiful E46 M3 CSL at Daikoku Futo

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALove how this shot of Tokyo Tower turned out!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGot goosebumps just standing beside this car.

305540_3398882964812_2135467313_nLamborghini owners club Japan at this years Old/Now car Festival – Tsukuba

251461_3927174611773_1512740098_nMet my absolutely fantastic girlfriend back in April πŸ™‚

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASecond year in a row that I attended the idlers 12 hour + 9 min endurance race at Motegi with RWB, this year I worked on the cars and got to race the brown 993R too, amazing!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the car I would later drive, at night, with a broken gearbox and only third gear! Loved every minute of it!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASuch a hot summer this year, this was one of the most humid days I can remember at the Kiyose Himawari Matsuri, Zama.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWithout a doubt the best collection of cars and bikes I have ever seen! The Honda Collection Hall at Motegi is amazing!!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYears of watching racing on tv and playing playstation games had basically come to life!

Shinjuku-gyoenShinjuku-gyoen National Park is well worth a visit

564103_3644146336243_1375600387_nWent to Tokyo Design Fest vol.35 at Tokyo Big Sight and had a great time, so many talented people!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARAUH-Welt traffic jam on the way to Fuji Speedway for Slammed Society. Lack of air-con in our Porsche was terrible..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATook a break at a combini while the others caught up.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWent to Tokyo Disneyland for the first time, had such a good time. Forgot how much of a child I am πŸ™‚

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShot of Tokyo SkyTree taken from Tokyo Tower

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAClimbing Mt.Takao for the second time back in August

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere were well over 150 Honda NSX’s at this years NSX Fiesta at Motegi.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWent to my first few Firework festivals this year, the amount of fireworks they use is incredible! This one was taken at Tokyo Bay

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd this is one from the Tamagawa firework festival.

530258_3927182491970_185386062_nHere 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!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was a year of firsts, I got my first chance to drive a Hakosuka that we had bought in work for a customer abroad. These cars are very special! Was sad to see it go to be honest, stunning πŸ™‚

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn our way to Fuji Speedway for Slammed Society we met this bunch in traffic, thought my day couldn’t have possibly got any better and then this happened…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy 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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy 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!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 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!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother 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!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’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!



When you’re full sure your day can’t possibly get any better…

So I have had an RWB 993R for the last few days and was to drive to Fuji Speedway Saturday morning for the Hellaflush/Slammed Society show with a group of other guys from RWB. These cars are awesome to work with and get to drive so I was pretty excited as you can imagine…

So I left my apartment at 6am to collect Matt (www.mattkingery.com – check it out.) and make the trip down the Tomei expressway to Ebina PA where we would be meeting the other RWB guys. Passing Shibuya we got caught in some traffic(which pisses me off way more than it should after 2 years here) when this happened…




Yes, our Porsche 993R was sandwiched in by a Diablo SV, Murcielago, SLR McLaren (with a bigger wing than mine) and a Pagani Zonda!! I have been dying to see that Zonda for months and I couldn’t believe I actually got to drive alongside it and then meet them again at the parking area! Amazing stuff!
We got to Ebina PA at 8am and the RWB guys slowly trickled in. I ran down and got some more shots of the group of supercars while I waited. All these pics are from my iPhone but I will post my proper photos in a few days.






At one point I mentioned to Matt that the only way today could get any better was if I seen my favourite all time car, a car I have only caught glimpses of in the past, a Ferrari F40.

Shortly later, this drove past…

Yes, a f***ing F40!!!

I had to run after the car incase he drove out of the PA but I got quite a few shots on my camera that ill share in a few days.
Couldn’t believe what I was witnessing, still can’t really, and all this before 9am! We hadn’t even got to the show yet!


We left in a convoy of RWB Porsches en route to Fuji Speedway in pure amazement at what I had just seen! Look out for my post in the coming days,

Gary Patrick Mannion

Only a few hours to go….

As I pack my gear before heading to RWB and then to Motegi for this years Idlers 12hour endurance race I said i’d throw up a few photos I took in work the other day, some of which will be used at tomorrows race. Please enjoy…

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Drag racing @ Central Circuit, Kansai

Same day as Β the Hellaflush Kansai event at Central circuit, there was a local drag event taking place down the main straight. I took a break from the show to see what kind of cars were running the quarter mile and was fairly suprised at some of the cars I seen…

Not everyday you see a 4 door Hakosuka on the drag strip..

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