Well, kinda... actually not so much that I am always right per say... more like that the things I have said, at least some of them are indeed correct. They didnt mention the Honda Guy by name but my regular readers know I was among the first to report on the upcoming Honda CrossTour so whats up?!! Alright, alright... The Detroit News today confirmed the soon to start production of the new CUV to be inserted into the Honda model line just between the CR-V and the Pilot. For the few of you not already up to speed, get it up to speed (?), its a car reference!!!! YES! More details can be found in the Autos Insider section, which btw is a daily MUST for the ole Honda Guy!
In the latest reason for moving to Europe files we find the new Mugen Civic Type R, one of these days, one of these days... The 240hp, yes I said two hundred and forty horsepower, track tuned suspension, body kit and the list of goodies goes on and on. I'll keep this post short because I am on my way out to go apply for a VISA so I can catch a flight asap and get one of my own! Wait, I just saw the price tag and I think I will have to stay here and sell many more cars in order to even dream that dream! All the fun and driving wonder that is the Mugen Civic comes with a price of about $65,700.00 US dollars!!! YIKES! Still, I'm thinking it would be such a blast.... FInd out more over at the Car site here.
Tomorrow on July 11th, Honda will celebrate fifty, thats 50, years of selling vehicles here in the USA, and to commemorate they have built a replica of the first American showroom inside the US headquarter building in Torrance, CA. Of course Honda began its amazing legacy with the Honda Cub motorcycle and also with a whole lot against them. There were lots of still lingering emotions leftover from a war not all that long over in addition to the perception that motorcycles were ridden by leather jacket wearing Brando wanna be's, to over come that early perception Honda even had the tag line, "you meet the nicest people on a Honda" ! Way too many milestones in the last 50 years to list here but of course the Honda site has a great history over here, take a minute and check it out. My friends over at the ole Jalopnik have a great shot of the replica showroom over here, which is where I got the idea for this whole thing!
In the world outside of Indy Car Racing Honda had a great weekend (remember all Indy Cars are powered by Honda so every IRL race is good for them!), taking top honors at home in Japan with another unbeatable performance in FIM Trials racing. Toni Bou and his Repsol Montesa HRC thrilled the hometown crowd with gravity defying acts of motorized wonder as he balanced over boulders and crossed unimaginable spaces making it look easy as he cruised to his double wins and widen his lead to 19 points. Quite literally on the other side of the world in France Clement Desalle piloted his CRF450R across a rain soaked course wrought with problems to a strong fifth place finish in Moto Cross action. Super Bike and Moto GP took a well deserved break this weekend but will be back out on the tracks next week. In Indy Car, sigh... that Dancing With The Stars dude won again and no I dont remember his name, and no its not unfair that I only write a full race report win Danica wins! For the record, Danica finished in 6th and is still very strong in the overall points running so there! The race was down in Texas on Saturday, full details over here.
Since its creation by the UN way back in 1972, World Environment Day has been recognized each June 5th as a day for people all over the world to recognize and celebrate their own individual and collective responsibilities to the world around us all. Its a day for all of us to stop, take a deep breath and remember the air around us and the grass underneath us all come from somewhere and we need to take care of our planet as it has given us so much without restriction. Of course you know I just have to tie Honda in here somewhere and here is how; did you know that Honda is the cleanest engine manufacture on the planet? Ok, Honda plug over with... Find out more about World Environment Day and how you can show your support for Mother Earth here, and take a moment to look around the site theres a lot of good stuff there!
Today Honda began the celebration of its fifty years in motorsports with the launch of a cool mico-site posted at the corp main site. The history of Honda as a company is actually pretty fascinating although much to long for this lil blurb, its pretty cool how Mr. Honda set his sites on winning the World Moto Gran Prix after watching the racing action at the Isle of Man TT race and within 5 years of his 'Declaration' his motorcycles had indeed been crowned as the best. The past fifty have seen Honda dominate in every form of motorsport they enter, this past weekend being no different! In the series they started with Honda placed a 4th in the Italian Gran Prix, in Super Bike racing Honda riders placed strong 2nd place finishes in both races and Great Britain was the scene of an awesome 3rd place Moto Cross showing. Of course Honda continues to own the FIM Trials series with a victory last week, also in Great Britain. From Indy Cars to side cars, Moto Cross to Moto Gran Prix, if there is an engine pushing a vehicle to speed chances are the best of the best are Honda powered! Spend a few minutes reading up on the Honda racing heritage, trust me its bitchen!