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Mr Honda's Dreams Live On

The founder of the Honda Motor Co, Mr Soichiro Honda

Had he still been alive, the founder of the Honda Motor Co, Mr Soichiro Honda, would have turned 100 late last year – but he would be proud to see that the dreams that saw him create an empire are still alive today.

Now you can read more about the life and times of Mr Honda via the history section of Honda's global website, along with all sorts of interesting facts about the company's 59 year-history.

Born the son of a blacksmith and a weaver in 1906, Soichiro had a fascination with machines from an early age. He was enthralled with the first car he saw, and that passion led to him beginning an apprenticeship in a car garage.

That in turn led to him starting is own auto repair business in 1928, while he also turned his hand to car racing, but left after a serious accident in 1936. When Soichiro sold his business to found the Honda Motor Co in 1948, he could never have envisaged just how large and successful it would go on to become. His early bikes – cheap motorized transport for a world still reeling from World War II – may have been crude by today's standards, but the die was cast, and Honda's future with it.

The Isle of Man TT put the international spotlight on Soichiro's products, and it didn't take long for Mike Hailwood to achieve success on the world stage in both the Ultra-Lightweight and Lightweight classes.

Honda was on its way, and the rest – as they say – is history. Soichiro Honda died on August 5, 1991, but his dreams can still be found today – in every Honda product, from the HondaJet down to the humblest lawnmower or brush cutter.

For more information on the life and times of Soichiro Honda, visit: http://world.honda.com/history/limitlessdreams/joyofmanufacturing/text/01.html

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