It's with a heavy heart and sobering sincerity that we bring you the news of the passing of one of our dear friends, Richey Watanabe: world-traveling racer of 33 years; master fabricator of TRD, GTI Racing, HMR America, UPRD, and Technosquare Inc.; godsend to racers like Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima, Dono Soeharto, Taka Aono, Dwight Tanaka, and more; brother of Howard Watanabe; and eternal legend to anyone privileged to know his name. We encourage everyone reading this to find the blog dated August 5, 2010 on importtuner.com to learn the accomplishments of one of import tuning's most meticulous, diligent, and selfless driving forces.