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Fujisawa and Honda in 1973.

Mr. last pictures before he in august 1991

How Honda

Soichiro Honda was born in on November 17 1906. His father, Honda, was the local blacksmith but turn his hands to most including dentistry when the arose. His mother, Mika, was a

Honda’s subsequent spirit of and determination to explore the development of new had its roots in his childhood. The family was not but Gihei Honda instilled his children the ethic of hard and a love of mechanical things. soon learned how to whet the of farm machinery, and how to make his own A nearby rice mill was by a small engine, and the noise him.

He would demand that his grandfather took him to it in action. At school he got the nickname nose weasel’, which is derogatory in Japanese than it in English, because his face was dirty from helping his in the forge.

By 1922 Honda was in an auto shop in Tokyo Art Shokai (Art Automobile Station). Initially he had done tasks, but he gradually became a mechanic. He worked on the racing car Art the then famous machine from the marriage of a Curtiss engine and an American Mitchell

The need to make parts for monster taught him things would be invaluable later in

In 1923, When Shinichi raced the car for the first time at and won the Chairman’s Trophy, the young man alongside, as his mechanic was Soichiro He was 17 years old.

Four after that first After six years with Art Honda was permitted to open his own using the firm’s name. An art auto shop in Hamamatsu.

In Honda’s own machine, a supercharged, special he had built himself, heavily, rolling over times and tossing the driver The broken bones and facial he suffered would keep the auto repair shop away from his business for a and a half.

That accident the end of Soichiro’s own race driving but not of his love of racing. Not by a long

A new direction

In 1937 Honda a new business called Tokai Heavy Industry to manufacture rings. Since piston required only a small of raw material but could be sold for a price, he reasoned the piston would produce large with fairly easy casting techniques. However, he poured molten iron the … the objects that were judged useless.

Earlier Honda felt school education was not important and If a theory led you to an invention, all schoolteachers become inventors. Now, he realised he lacked all the basic of casting. Honda went to High School of Technology Professor Takashi Tashiro one of Honda’s piston rings. Tashiro found the ring did not enough silicon.

Honda he did not understand simple metal techniques so enrolled in school as a student. His plan was to sell the to Toyota. He laboured night and even slept in the workshop, believing he could perfect his and produce a worthy product.

He was by now, and pawned his wife’s for working capital.

Finally, the day he completed his piston ring and was to take a working sample to only to be told that the did not meet their standards! went back to school and ridicule when the engineers at his design. He refused to give up.

than focus on his failure, he working towards his goal. By 1941 Honda’s company was piston rings to Toyota and Nakajima Aircraft Company. In at the request of the military, Honda machine tools for making propellers.

During the war

By now, the government was gearing up for war! the contract in hand, Soichiro needed to build a factory to Toyota, but building materials in short supply. He invented a new process that enabled him to the factory. With the factory now he was ready for production, but the factory was twice and steel became too.

He started collecting gasoline cans discarded by US planes .Gifts from Truman, he called them, became the new raw materials for his rebuilt process. Finally, an earthquake the factory.

Rebuilding after the war

the war, an extreme gasoline and the high damage of transportation people to walk or use bicycles. built a tiny engine and it to his bicycle. His neighbours wanted and although he tried, materials not be found and he was unable to supply the

Soichiro Honda wrote to bicycles shop owners in an inspiring letter, asked to help him revitalise Japan. responded and advanced him what money they could to his tiny bicycle engines. the first models were too to work well.

As a result Honda’s first venture after the war was the formation of the Technical Research Institute forerunner of Honda Motor in 1946. Honda bought recycled small 50cc generator engines designed to military radio sets, turpentine-based fuel, attached to bicycles, and sold them at profits. They produced all of a horsepower.

The birth of Honda Co.

Honda renamed his company Motor Co. Ltd. which was established in September 1948, building small capacity meant to get Japanese workers in the first place. With in Japan, Honda began his bicycle engines to Europe and

Takeo Fujisawa, a very businessman, was a frequent visitor to and in the summer of 1948 accidentally met his old Hiroshi Takeshima. Takeshima Fujisawa about a young by the name of Soichiro Honda who was for an investor for his business. They met in 1949, and after hearing Honda’s ideas, Fujisawa he would invest in Honda’s

He told Honda: I will with you as a businessman. But when we I am not going to end up with a loss. not talking only about

What I mean is that we part, I hope I will gained a sense of satisfaction and

While Honda focused his energies on the engineering side all the experience he had painstakingly accumulated, time-out taken to study ring design at Hamamatsu and subsequent experimentation with a engine-powered bicycle), he left the of the company in the hands of Takeo his most trusted friend and him to look to the long-term. They one another perfectly.

The Dream

In 1949, the first fruits of partnership hit the streets — it was a 98 cc motorcycle appropriately named Full-scale operations of their the Dream Type D, began in 1950 after buying a machine plant in Tokyo and it into a motorcycle factory. The Type D motorcycle, however, did not as well as expected.

There few paved roads in Japan so the weather became wet the narrow gap the wheel and the fender became with mud. Fortunately, the Type D motorcycle was a strong and Honda conceived an idea to it.

In May 1951 Honda told the idea for a Type E motorcycle had a 4-…, overhead valve power plant displacing 146 cc, and an output of 5.5 horsepower. It turned out the OHV engines were not to become from other motorcycle for another ten years. Its popularity increased so that planned of 300 units per month soon 900 units per month.

A growing company

Honda Company did not have an organisational at this time. It also did not sufficient employees to produce at the rate. They hired everyone who applied.

Those early in the week soon training the new employees who were later in the week. Honda all the employees and issued orders to the employees whom he knew carry out his wishes. However, would also walk to the factory floor to check on the of the motorcycles.

On one occasion Honda had to a bolt two turns. Honda at the young worker saying, You fool. This is how you’re to tighten bolts. He then hit the over the head with a

Honda shouted at his employees in to educate them on the proper way to their jobs. This style had the desired effect as the learned how to build motorcycles. his actions also made nervous when he walked the plant.

Several times Motor Co. sailed close to the in the years that followed, for Honda and Fujisawa were who knew that expansion only be possible with Growth at one stage was unprecedented, the purchase of state-or-the-art machinery in the Fifties led them perilously to bankruptcy. But Honda was never During these early Fujisawa worked on the distribution

The prototype Cub Type F motorcycle was in March 1952. At the time possessed only 400 motorcycle greatly limiting their Fujisawa observed, however, there were 55,000 retail outlets in Japan

motor racing history

By 1953 Soichiro’s dreams showing signs of becoming for his competitors in speed and enduro around Japan. That a Honda finished second in an at Mount Nagoya.

Two years in November 1955, came the first important victory a double victory at that. At the All-Japan Endurance Motorcycle Race, running over routes in the forests of Mt. Asama, riders took the top five in the 350cc class, and were best of the 500s.

In March of 1954, having into Brazil, the company had a motorcycle for a race in Sao Paulo. A place result in Honda’s international appearance doesn’t very auspicious, but Soichiro’s to crack the world market unbent. That summer he on a fact-finding tour of the European industry, including a personal of the famous Tourist Trophy races on the Isle of Man.

came home impressed the level of technology he’d in Europe — and promptly a five-year plan to surpass it.

his reaction was to embark on the Tourist race program that eventually make Honda’s as an international motorcycle manufacturer.

the Juno bike flopped and again beckoned, Honda in 1958 with their light motorbike called the cub, which engine is still the blueprint for up-to-date Honda 4 … motorbikes.

on schedule, in 1959, Honda was at the TT with a team of five machines. Machines that respectful interest from the finely-crafted parallel-twins, they shaft-driven double overhead and four valves per each cylinder. Cranking as high as rpm, these little put out from 16 to 18 hp, impressive performance for the

Neither bikes nor riders yet ready to race to win that but three did finish in sixth, and eighth, and Honda was proud to home a prize for fielding the team. In this year were the talk of the TT. Honda USA his doors in San Francisco in the same

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When Soichiro Honda in 1954 that his small, motorcycle company would against the world’s best teams a scant five hence, his dreams really did not only his factory’s existing but his entire nation’s technological But this entrepreneurial pioneer was Only by winning at the Isle of Man can we the way to becoming a world enterprise and our products internationally, he declared.

As for the technical barriers in the way, would simply have to be — on Honda’s own terms. We never imitate foreign we must win the Isle of Man Tourist Race through our own technology, hard it is to develop. (from Motor, by Tetsuo Sakiya)

To the right conditions, Honda, an thinker himself, chose to Japan’s traditionalist seniority in favour of younger scientists and They may have been he reasoned, but they were adventurous, and excited by the challenge.

Technology improves

Honda set up research facilities dedicated to understanding of precisely what was inside his engines, particularly combustion chambers.

Advancements rapidly, and not only for the race Early flywheel failures on hot engines resulted in higher racers, plus tougher motorcycles. Better bearings, connecting rods and pistons, valves and valve trains, efficient combustion; all these improved machines for both and track.

In world racing, as as on the world’s highways, Honda became known for high-speed with high power At times, the company almost to be taking its relentless pursuit of and multi-valve technologies to extremes; the 125cc Grand Prix of 1967 with five which could spin to beyond 20,000 rpm and make 35hp — 280 per litre.

about Dreams.

From 2 to 4

At the end of 1967 Honda Motor pulled out of motorcycle racing, at at the top levels, to focus effort on its presence in the automobile industry. had begun late in 1962 of the first small trucks and notably the S-360/-500/-600 series of cars. Mr.

Honda and his engineers to follow the same routes to on four wheels that had on two — with one difference.

time they would at the very summit of the racing Formula One.

Keep on

Honda Motor Company completely vanish from for the next decade. Such high points as Dick 1970 Daytona 200 victory a modified CB750 street and Honda’s 1978 manufacturers’ in European Moto-Cross, first of showed the corporation’s competitive were still aglow. But that period most energies were being to growing the range of vehicles and to various new safety, emissions, and consumption standards coming place around the world.

Honda’s in-house racers saw the green flag again, the Prix motorcycle they for 1979 showed they’d nothing in the innovation department. The four-… engine of the NR500 was a with four cylinders weren’t cylindrical at all, but Mr.

Honda’s kids really to build a V-8, but the rules now them to four cylinders. So combined each pair of in their theoretical Eight one, which they on twin connecting rods. bathtub shaped combustion had eight valves and two spark

From 4 to 2 … racing

What a good thing Mr. Honda had once been a of piston rings! Who else to think of rings that round?

Despite several over three years of trying, though, the four-… could not be made competitive two-… engines of the same being campaigned by other Honda finally joined and soon began beating The NS500 two-… V-3 (two upright, one horizontal) won three GPs in and four in 1983.

Its successor, the V-4 won several races in 1984 and the Championship in 1985. The champion that year was Freddie since then Wayne Eddie Lawson and Mick have ridden Hondas to own world titles, and the company is in the thick of the Grand Prix In fact, Doohan has won the world in 1994, ’95 and ’96.

about horsepower progress? The word is dizzying. Honda’s triple of 1982 spun out 125 hp.

Two later the first four-cylinder was at 140 hp, while succeeding V-4 designs passed 160 hp and reached toward 200 ample poke for a featherweight two

Honda’s later years

retirement he devoted himself to the Foundation which aimed to technology with ecology. He served as vice-president of both the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Automobile Manufacturer’s Association.

He in August 1991, aged 85, a wife, Sachi, one son and two daughters.

Honda’s unique leadership has the Honda Motor Company to a world power in the automotive Mr. Honda’s views went to the direction of his own government and yet his company has With innovation developed by Mr.

as a basis, the Honda Motor has become a technological force in the and automobile industries in Asia, and North America. Today, stands as the largest motorcycle and the 9th largest automobile manufacturer in the

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