Wednesday, May 20, 2020

You Can Now Visit the Honda Collection Hall Virtually


Honda fans, you can now visit the Honda Collection Hall from the comfort of your home. The Honda Collection Hall (HCH), located at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan (read our first-hand account here), hosts the largest collection of products developed by the company, with over 300 models on show.

Now, you can take a virtual 360-degree tour through this link. You can retrace Honda’s history through an exclusive collection of cars, motorcycles, power products, and racing machines.

Opened in 1998 to not only commemorate Honda’s 50th anniversary but also show the dreams and passion that inspired both mass-production products and racing machines. Honda says this initiative is to help keep minds busy while at home, especially given the extraordinary situation prevents us to visit the museum in person.

The virtual tour recreates a physical tour of the three-floor museum, allowing you to relive the company’s 70-year history through its most iconic products.

The second floor houses the car, motorcycle, and power product sections, where the first ‘compact sports’ model from 1963, the S500 is the star of the show, as well as some of the brand’s legendary models such as the Prelude, the NSX and the Civic. The exhibition also offers an overview of the evolution of the Japanese car sector, with special attention given to micro cars or Japanese kei cars. Also on display are some of the manufacturer’s earliest models, such as the Honda N360, the first mass-production micro car, which went on sale in 1967. Iconic two-wheelers on display include the CB750 – the world’s first mass-produced four-cylinder motorcycle – and the oval-pistoned NR.

The third floor is dedicated to the racing side of Honda and we can see the single-seaters, GTs, and motorcycles that Honda has raced in competitions, and still races today. In this section, there are some particularly iconic pieces, like one of the McLaren-Hondas raced by Ayrton Senna, and the six-cylinder RC166 ridden to Isle of Man TT victories by Mike Hailwood.

The opening of the Honda Collection Hall is a response to the company’s efforts to showcase Honda’s origins and to use technology and mobility to enhance people’s well-being.

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