• Honda 60th anniversary celebrations come to a close at Goodwood

Honda 60th Anniversary Celebrations Come to a Close at Goodwood

The final day of the Goodwood Festival of Speed today brought to a close Honda’s 60th anniversary celebrations with more runs up the famous hillclimb, although light rain prevented the running of the more historic machines.

Tadayuki Okada was in action on the Honda RC213V, shod with wets, but owing to their provenance, the 1959 RC142, the 1989 NSR500 and the 1988 McLaren MP4/4 were prevented from running on the wet road.

Nevertheless the Festival of Speed was a fitting celebration of Honda’s 60th anniversary, bringing these four iconic machines to the Sussex stately home to be enjoyed by thousands of fans, some of whom were getting up close with them for the very first time.

The Honda RC213V on the hillclimb at a damp Goodwood

The Honda RC213V on the hillclimb at a damp Goodwood

Despite not running, the machines were fired up in static displays to the delight of the fans, especially the motorcycle which started it all – the RC142 – as its tiny 124cc, four valve, twin double pverhead cam engine, which revs to 13,000 and makes 18PS, burst into life.

The Honda RC142 is started in the Goodwood paddock

The Honda RC142 is started in the Goodwood paddock

Demonstrating just how much technology has moved on in motorcycle racing in the last 60 years, the view of the controls of the three iconic bikes provides an interesting comparison.

For the fans who came to Goodwood, thank you for your support! And for those who didn’t, we hope to see you soon at another event in Honda’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

Tadayuki Okada rides the Honda RC213V

Tadayuki Okada rides the Honda RC213V

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