"We have traveled a long road, a road filled with many obstacles, to finally see the completion of Twin Ring Motegi. The saying goes, 'When you drink water from a well, remember the efforts of those who dug the well.' We could not have accomplished the project had it not been for the people of Motegi-machi and the passion of those at Honda who worked on the project. We must remember that."
Those were the words of Takeshi Abe, mayor of Motegi-machi in Tochigi Prefecture, who spoke before a large gathering on July 31, 1997, at the opening ceremony of the just completed Twin Ring Motegi. Abe's heartfelt sentiments echoed through the mountains of Motegi, as well as in the hearts of those who were there to share the moment.