• Sato Headlines in Senna McLaren MP4/4 at Goodwood

    Honda’s celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Grand Prix racing continued on day three of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and it was Takuma Sato who really experienced the goosebumps with his first ever drive of one of the McLaren MP4/4.

Sato Headlines in Senna McLaren MP4/4 at Goodwood

Sato headlines in Senna McLaren MP4/4 at Goodwood

Honda’s celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Grand Prix racing continued on day three of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and it was Takuma Sato, the only Japanese winner of the Indy 500, who really experienced the goosebumps with his first ever drive of one of the most iconic cars in Honda’s racing history – the McLaren MP4/4 in which Ayrton Senna won the 1988 Formula 1 World Championship.

Flown in from Honda’s collection in Japan especially for the event, the legendary championship-winner delighted fans and Takuma Sato alike: “It was just incredible. One of those amazing moments you dream of, to be driving Ayrton’s car today. And I get to do it twice more tomorrow so it’ll be twice as good!”

Joining the celebrations again were Stuart Graham aboard the 1959 Honda RC142, Mick Doohan on the 1989 NSR500 and Tadayuki Okada aboard the RC213V, whilst MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner returned to Honda machinery aboard a 1988 Honda RC30.

The Honda RC213V, the 1959 RC142, and the 1989 NSR500

The Honda RC213V, the 1959 RC142, and the 1989 NSR500

For any spectators at the event, witnessing the diminutive yet cutting-edge-in-1959 RC142 alongside the RC213V really marked out how dramatically Honda’s racing technology has changed in 60 years, and how the image of a racing motorcycle has been totally reimagined – one sporting carburettors, 124cc and 18ps, and the other capable of over 350km/h and being run from a laptop computer.

Honda’s 60th anniversary celebrations will continue into the final day of the Goodwood Festival of Speed weekend with another two runs of the McLaren MP4/4 and the RC213V, and afternoon runs of the RC142 and NSR500.

Takuma Sato driving the iconic McLaren MP4/4

Takuma Sato driving the iconic McLaren MP4/4

The Honda RC213V, the 1959 RC142

The Honda RC213V, the 1959 RC142

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