Last year, Honda celebrated a major milestone in its history: 60 years of racing excellence in the World Grand Prix. It had long been a dream of Honda company founder Soichiro Honda to become a world’s best racing company, so back in 1954, Honda entered his company into the Isle of Man TT in the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix.
It was just three years later, in June of 1959, that Honda officially became the first Japanese motorcycle manufacturer to enter the highly competitive race. That year, four racing legends competed with Honda racing bikes, called the RC142. They were Giichi Suzuki, Junzo Suzuki, Teisuke Tanaka, and Naomi Taniguchi.
But Honda’s racing legacy isn’t limited to the world of motorcycles. Not long after entering the world of two-wheeled races, Honda ventured into the world of the FIA Formula One World Championship. It was at the German Grand Prix in 1964 when Ronnie Bucknum raced in an RA271 in the four-wheeled racing division.
To commemorate 60 years of racing heritage at Honda, the Japanese automaker has been holding several “Honda Racing Anniversary Year” events. Honda also rolled out a new 60th-anniversary racing logo for its competition vehicles to mark the occasion. While the consumer-available Honda vehicles may not be burning rubber on the race track, they are efficient, safe, and full of spirit. Get behind the wheel today at Hardin County Honda.