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HRC History: Honda Explains The On Display In The Paddock

Submitted by Emmett on Wed, 2011-08-31

As a journalist, one of the less glamorous of the weekend is spent waiting to talk to riders. Less maybe, but certainly not unpleasant: the is usually spent standing in the hospitality units of the teams or picking at snacks especially on for us and being served refreshments by the and charming staff that the hospitality units.

In the HRC hospitality where the press get all those from Dani Pedrosa, Dovizioso and Casey Stoner you read in various media around the world, the waiting has very much eased by a series of photos putting rich history in Grand racing on display. The photos been met with universal and appreciation by the press, and as a result, have decided to make available to the general public.

HRC today issued a press containing the photos and a brief of each. It’s reproduced along with the photos, provided by (and copyright of) Racing Corporation. We hope you the photos as much as we have doing, and remember to click on the for larger versions of the photos, as you can do for all of the on the site:

The story behind classic racing photos

The selection of classic black and racing photos that now the Repsol Honda hospitality has caused quite a stir in the paddock.

The photos cover pretty the whole of Honda’s remarkable 62 in motorcycle Grand Prix focusing on some of the fabulously machinery which established as the foremost force in the sport.

with Soichiro Honda’s declaration to compete in motor the photos cover the company’s racing four-strokes to its pre-MotoGP era the collection includes many of the riders who have helped Honda such a renowned all the way from Mike Hailwood to Doohan.

RC144, Mike 1961

This is the 125cc on which multiple World Hailwood won his first Isle of Man TT in 1961. Later the same Hailwood also won the Junior TT on an four-cylinder 250, aboard he would later claim first World Championship.

RC162, Kunimitsu Takahashi,

When Takahashi beat Jim Redman also riding a RC162 to win the 1961 West 250 Grand Prix at Hockenheim he Japan’s first GP winner. Tak-san by his fans, Takahashi won three 125 GPs, aboard and RC145 twins.

RC115, Taveri, 1965

Swiss ace Taveri was Honda’s strongest in the smaller 50cc and 125cc during the 1960s, winning 26 GP and a hat-trick of 125 world titles. is Taveri on the 50cc twin, made 13 horsepower at 20,000rpm, to 260 horsepower per litre!

RC166, Hailwood, 1966

Hailwood Honda as a factory rider at the end of and enjoyed a dazzling time, two 250 and two 350 world titles aboard legendary six-cylinder machines. The 250 revved to 18,000rpm and is arguably the GP bike of all time.

RC149, Mike Hailwood

The five-cylinder 125 was one of Honda’s most creations. Built to defeat the the five revved to 21,500rpm and won the 125 World Championship in the hands of Taveri. Mike Hailwood had a ride on the bike at that Isle of Man TT.

RC181, Mike 1967

Hailwood rode first 500 GP bike the mighty RC181 in 1966 and 1967. he narrowly failed to take the his race wins did help score a unique clean of the 50, 125, 250, 350 and 500cc World Championships in 1966.

NR500, Mick Grant,

Once two-strokes had become Honda returned to GP racing a decade’s absence with the four-…. The bike was a rolling bed, featuring oval-shaped eight valves per cylinder and a monocoque frame. It also the first slipper clutch.

Freddie Spencer, 1983

The was Honda’s first two-… GP and became hugely successful, of all in the hands of Freddie Spencer who won first 500 title on the NS in 1983. The machine was renowned for its fine and rider-friendly character.

NSR500, Doohan, 1998

Mick and the NSR500 ruled GP racing the late 1990s, winning consecutive premier-class World The NSR became Honda’s most Grand Prix bike, races in the hands of many and further world titles Alex Criville and Valentino

Soichiro Honda’s declaration to in motor racing

Honda RC166 250
Honda RC166 250
Honda RC166 250
Honda RC166 250


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