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Old 11-17-2006, 07:25 AM   #1
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Default Mr.Honda ~ "His Lengend Lives On"

Mr.Honda ~ "His Lengend Lives On"



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MR HONDA – HIS LEGEND LIVES ON

This Friday (November 17) is a special day for Honda – it’s 100 years since our founder, Soichiro Honda was born.

Mr Honda may have died on August 5, 1991, but his dreams live on in all of our products. From the HondaJet to the humblest lawnmower, all Hondas have been infused by the DNA of that special man.

Born on November 17, 1906, the son of a blacksmith and a weaver, Soichiro was fascinated by machines and what made them work. One of his earliest memories was being enthralled by the first motor car he had ever seen.

He later said: “As the car rolled through our small village I turned and chased after that car for all I was worth. I could not understand how it could move under its own power. And when it had driven past me, without even thinking why, I found myself chasing it down the road as hard as I could run.”

By the age of 15, Soichiro hadn’t any formal education, but he had a thirst for knowledge and what made things work. After a few years of helping his father in their bicycle repair business, Soichiro started as an apprentice at a garage, working as a car mechanic before starting his own auto repair business in 1928. Racing was an early passion. Soichiro built his first racing car with parts including a V8 aircraft engine, but he left racing in 1936 after a serious accident.

In 1948 Honda Motor Co was formed. The first Honda motorcycle – the A Type – was an early success, proving to Soichiro that motorcycles could be the answer to cheap transportation. Early machines were refined until the development of the legendary 1958 Super Cub.

A passion for racing was still in our founder’s blood and soon the Isle of Man TT races would provide the pedestal to advertise the quality of Honda’s motorcycles. In 1954 he said: “I here avow my intention that I will participate in the TT race and I proclaim with my fellow employees that I will pour all my energy and creative powers into winning.”

Two years after their debut on the island, Mike Hailwood won the Ultra-Lightweight and Lightweight TTs. Another dream was realised.

Others have since been chased, and realised: Formula 1 wins, a Formula 2 championship and countless motorcycle titles. Honda has diversified into road cars, All-Terrain Vehicles, engines, generators, outboard motors, personal watercraft, water pumps, scooters, snowblowers, robots and most recently jet aircraft.

Soichiro Honda remained president until his retirement in 1973, but he stayed on as a director and was appointed ‘supreme advisor’ in 1983. During his retirement, Soichiro remembered his humble roots and spent much of his time working with the Honda Foundation, which was set up to aid non-profit-making organisations which help youngsters in minority or impoverished communities. It was fitting that his was an active retirement, as both Soichiro and his wife Sachi both held private pilot’s licences and he also enjoyed sports as diverse as hang-gliding, ski-ing and ballooning. Long after retirement he was still often seen on the shop-floor, discussing problems with his engineers and managers.

10 famous Mr Honda quotes

“We only have one future, and it will be made of our dreams, if we have the courage to challenge convention.”

“Real happiness lies in the completion of work using your own brains and skills.”

“Racing improves the breed.”

“What we learn through failure becomes a precious part of us, strengthening us in everything we do. So let the tough things make you tougher.”

"Since I was a small child, one of my dreams has been to compete in motor vehicle races all over the world with a vehicle of my own making, and to win."

“We will not be content with this victory alone [first win in F1]. We will study why we won and aggressively apply those winning technologies to new cars.”

“Enjoying your work is essential. If your work becomes an expression of your own ideas, you will surely enjoy it.”

“After materials are carried into the factory, nothing but products should be carried out from it.”

“If Honda does not race there is no Honda.”

"Since I was a small child, one of my dreams has been to compete in motor vehicle races all over the world with a vehicle of my own making, and to win."

“Because the water raises rice and the fishes live in the water, I don’t want to contaminate it.”
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Old 11-17-2006, 01:30 PM   #2
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Nice read.
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Old 11-17-2006, 01:43 PM   #3
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Nice read. A good man too.
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Old 11-17-2006, 02:29 PM   #4
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don't know the dates of the 4th to last and last quotes, but perhaps ahead of their time. the zero-pollution / zero-waste factory concept has yet to be realized.
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Old 11-17-2006, 06:02 PM   #5
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don't know the dates of the 4th to last and last quotes, but perhaps ahead of their time. the zero-pollution / zero-waste factory concept has yet to be realized.
Toyota's West Virginia and Alabama factories are considered zero-waste.

Toyota's Alabama, West Virginia Plants Reach Zero Landfill Status

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Old 11-17-2006, 06:50 PM   #6
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good ole Mr. Honduh
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Old 11-17-2006, 07:21 PM   #7
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2 of the 10 quotes are the same
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Old 11-17-2006, 07:33 PM   #8
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Does anyone think that if Honda was an American company, it would be even as remotely successful today - both in terms of loyal customers, but also in it's drive for excellence and environmental responsibility?
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Old 11-17-2006, 08:15 PM   #9
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Does anyone think that if Honda was an American company, it would be even as remotely successful today - both in terms of loyal customers, but also in it's drive for excellence and environmental responsibility?
No. I work for a Japanese auto company and it is pretty eye-opening at what sort of expectations everyone has and how the company is run as a whole. Decisions are never made by one person and there is always a method to doing everything. Flying by the seat of your pants doesn't happen and is considered very bad practice when attempted.

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Old 11-18-2006, 01:36 AM   #10
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Emm...he isn't excatly a good man...if u read his biography the dude had mistress man....
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Old 11-18-2006, 01:55 AM   #11
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Yeh thats horrible. Noone ever does that in America. I hear he had an upside tho...
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From experience our family had a 92 Grand Caravan and has a 93 Accord. The van would break down almost every two months or so; basically A LOT. The Accord had only one breakdown so far, a tranmission line came loose and it dumped all the tranny fluid out...
hurray for Japanese auto makers!!!
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I have a fear for Honda, and the fear is their cars will go the way of Toyota (soulless and boring). Hopefully the people who work there will not forget Soichiro Honda's passion for racing.
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IMHO, that's already happened.

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Emm...he isn't excatly a good man...if u read his biography the dude had mistress man....
Oh lord, not a mistress.

Well, I guess all his years of dedication to racing and making cars has completely been compromised.
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We must seek and locate pictures of said mistress. If said mistress is hot than Soichiro's legacy will be vindicated.

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Oh lord, not a mistress.

Well, I guess all his years of dedication to racing and making cars has completely been compromised.
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IMHO, that's already happened.
Well, I'll consider it done when the S2000 and Civic Type R both die off. But I'll add Honda is damn close, hanging by the threads even.
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^^ I think only Honda of North America is slipping more toward the boring - but reliable - world that Toyota owns. I still think that Honda of Europe and Japan holds driving excitement at a little higher priority... and when I say that, I don't necissarily mean balls-to-the-wall performance, but just simply making even their urban-run-about, the City/Fit more fun to drive than other cars in it's class.
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