“Joy of Manufacturing” (1936)

Soichiro Honda was born on November 17, 1906, in Komyo Village (now Tenryu City), Iwata County, Shizuoka Prefecture, as the eldest son of Gihei Honda and his wife Mika. Gihei was a skilled and honest blacksmith and Mika an accomplished weaver. Read more ...

When Honda was an apprentice at Art Shokai, he assisted the companys owners, the Sakakibara brothers, in building a Curtiss racer. He accompanied them as their riding mechanic at races, and they won the fifth Japan Motor Car Championship on November 23, 1924. Soichiro Honda is in the center. On the left is Yuzo Sakakibara, the proprietor of Art Shokai, and on the right Shinichi Sakakibara, the driver.
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