Honda Be­fore Honda Mo­tor Com­pany


1922 – Be­came an ap­pren­tice at Art Shokai Tokyo with­out any for­mal ed­u­ca­tion

1923 – Be­came a part of the new firm of Art Shokai, started work­ing on race cars

1924 – Was part of the de­vel­op­ment team that built the ‘Cur­tiss’ race car that won its first ever race

1928 – Left Art Shokai Tokyo and opened Art Shokai, Ha­ma­matsu. He was the first em­ployee who was granted per­mis­sion by the Art Shokai owner Yuzo Sakak­ibara

1935 – Soichiro en­tered his first ever race, un­for­tu­nately it ended with a crash

1936 – Last race of Soichiro’s short rac­ing ca­reer. Founded Tokai Seiki Heavy In­dus­try

1939 – Soichiro be­came suc­cess­ful at masspro­duc­ing pis­ton rings. Left Art Shokai, Ha­ma­matsu and be­came pres­i­dent of Tokai Seiki Heavy In­dus­try

1941 – Tokai Seiki Heavy In­dus­try put un­der the Min­istry of Mu­ni­tions

1942 - Toy­ota took over 40 per cent of the com­pany’s equity and Honda was “down­graded” from pres­i­dent to se­nior manag­ing di­rec­tor

1945 – Air raids de­stroyed Iwata plant

1946 – Honda es­tab­lishes Honda Tech­ni­cal Re­search In­sti­tute in Ya­mashita-cho, Ha­ma­matsu

1948 – Honda Tech­ni­cal Re­search In­sti­tute be­comes Honda Mo­tor Com­pany

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