History of Honda not to be missed

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 September, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 17 September, 1993, 12:00am

THE Honda Collection Hall, which opened last July, houses one of the most remarkable museums of motor vehicles anywhere in the world.

It is situated close to the Suzuka Formula One racing track - the first world class racing course to be built in Japan.

No motor racing enthusiast should miss an opportunity to visit this gathering of the finest machines to come from Soichiro Honda's motor company.

Some of the most innovative and successful racing machines ever made are displayed in rows in a purpose-built display area.

The course of Soichiro Honda's motorcycle racing ambitions can be traced back to the moment Mr Honda declared the entry for the Isle of Man TT Race in 1956.

Many of the most significant machines since the 1950s and 1960 are on display in perfectly restored condition.

Mike Hailwood's 500cc four-cylinder race bike, on which he won the 1967 Isle of Man TT, is there, along with his six-cylinder 250 cc racer - winner of all 10 races in the 1966 250cc class during the 1966 season.

Nearby is the six-cylinder 350cc racer Hailwood took to victory in the 350 class of the 1967 TT.

Honda's first Formula One Grand Prix car, which debuted in the 1964 West German GP, stands near Richie Ginther's 3,000 cc 1966 car and the 1968 GP car in which John Surtees competed at the Mexican GP.

Honda's production cars are not neglected, with the first Honda road cars, including the pretty little open-top S500, which grew to become the S600 and S800.

The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm and an admission fee is 300 yen (about HK$22) for adults and 200 yen for children.

Suzuka racing track and the Honda Collection Hall are located 15 minutes by bus from Shiroko station on the Kintetsu Nagoya railway line.