A Honda Museum, at a racetrack, in the countryside? Finding this combination especially appealing means that last month, that's exactly what I did..
While possible..ish.. to get there from Tokyo by train, you would be pushing it, and likely have better luck than me at lining up your train with a bus at Motegi station..
..So for me, a hire-car it was!
Since this is a Honda museum after all, it was only right to go in a Honda (had done this only days before in a Mark X on a trip to Toyota..).. and why not go in something interesting? Tiny cars are hilariously fun right?
Just how small a 'small car' was, was a bit of a struggle to get across to the rental company (..over the phone); when there are three classes of car below a Honda Fit/Jazz. What I wanted was a 'Sub-compact, Class K-A' - a class which (in the rental car companies world) consists of the Daihatsu Move and Tanto, Suzuki Wagon R... and the Honda N-One.
Its a Honda.. It's got a 660cc twin-cam three-cylinder.. and could potentially be yellow..!
So off in a train to Shinjuku station, in order to reserve a Honda N-One for the next day. The best we could do was tell them we want the Honda, and simply hope its going to be one of the a good colour...
..But hey, it was an N-One..!
2-3hours later; depending on the route you take (we went there via the west/north), and skill level (extremely low in our case..) - Motegi.
These three floors of all things Honda, opened in 1998; following the opening of the race track late the year before..
Loved the red frame and matching seat..
There were posters/brochures/catalogues around the walls of every room. Against one of the columns in this room, glass-topped drawers displaying brochures..
Conga line in this early City advertisment.. complete with sneaky Motocompo!
At this point I have to mention this is just a tiny sample of the brilliant cars there, and as usual, I'll be simply trying to focus on all things 1980's..
I'm a big fan of these, and have posted about them before here.
I'll be posting more pics of this one later!
Loving the look of this one in red on the silver steelies..
Regardless, an optional foldaway motorbike that fit in the back of the City - I have seriously considered (..and still struggle to resist) picking one of these up. Just so, so, awesome..
I'll be posting a heap more pics of this one later too..
Moving upstairs and into the next wing..
Orange, gold decals, large text..
Unfortunately (and will struggle to put enough emphasis on this..) at this point I was running out of time, so made my way back downstairs...
This gets me back to something I mentioned above: I had unfortunately run out of time here.. which I was absolutely shattered about. I wish I had come here earlier in the day. I was still there a for a solid few hours, but could have easily spent the day (..or more..) going through things. I love this stuff.
Everything was all just so well presented, everything so clean, the building so nice, and what a location..
I obviously cant speak for everyone who would visit this place, but I seriously loved it.
So with a fair bit of sadness, off we went..