Originally posted by Jones Foyer
You might be interested in this photo that was in a Japanese modeling magazine I picked up last year with an article about the Honda RA300.
There's your 1960's Honda piece at Mr. Sano's house (chassis designer for the Honda RA302, among other cars)
I always wondered where you got the source reference for the RA270 in the middle...photos of this car are very scarce and I've never seen one with Mr. Honda driving!
Wow..thanks for that Jones Foyer, very interesting.
This was one of 7 paintings that I was commissioned to do for Honda in the mid-90s.
Six of these were published, by Honda's R&D styling department at Offenbach near Frankfurt in Germany.
I arranged the printing for them at a print shop I knew in Fulda in Germany and most of the prints were sent back to Japan and given to company executives, or people such as Sano-san who had an involvement. I had some to sell as part of my deal and John Surtees signed this particular edition for me:http://www.andrewkit...s/honda6468.htm
The seventh painting was a one-off commission, a montage of Honda's F1 successes with the German HQ building in the centre. It was presented to the companies retiring president Nubohiko Kawamoto as a gift from the staff at the European R&D HQ at Offenbach.
The head of the styling division, Koike-san, was a huge racing fan and proud of the companies history, he provided the photographs for reference from the Honda archives. I recall that his favourite driver and car of all time was not Honda related, but Ricardo Rodrigues and the Ferrari sharknose. There was a photo of the first F1 car, the RA270, when it was shown to the Japanese press with Honda-san sitting in it. It was painted a bronze/gold colour for the launch.
Great people to work with. This work dried up when Koike-san moved to another division back in Japan but the first six paintings they commissioned are still displayed in the entrance foyer to the styling department in Offenbach.
Some others here:http://www.andrewkit.../sennahonda.htmhttp://www.andrewkit...acart-print.htmhttp://www.andrewkit...ges/f2honda.htm
The two remaining ones were montages of Satoru Nakajima's F1 career and the Honda powered F1 cars from 1984-92.