Honda is having a major 2015, what with its return to Formula One, the arrival of its long-awaited NSX supercar, debut of the Civic Type R and launch of the beautiful HR-V baby SUV, so it’s no surprise to see one of the most comprehensive offerings of vehicles from any of the car brands at the Festival of Speed this month. It’s all there bar the lawnmowers, frankly. Where do we begin…
At Thursday’s Moving Motor Show, the lucky few will get passenger laps in the hooligan, British-built Civic Type-R hot hatch (if you haven’t seen the absolutely genius viral Type R video, click here.) It’s first-come, first-serve. There will also be test drives in the new Civic Sport and CR-V on offer.
From Friday onwards at the Festival of Speed, the new, versatile little Jazz and splendid-looking HR-V crossover, which looked oh-so-good in the flesh at the Geneva motor show in March, will be on Honda’s stand. The Type R will take to the hill in the First Glance Class, then there’s the sight of the NSX, but only in static form; we saw this beast at Geneva amid smoke and lights, and it really didn’t disappoint, with an incredibly aggressive front end and powerfully wide stance, it seemed the genesis of the supercar brigade.
Not one to forget or forgo its Formula One heritage, and in a nod to its current stake in the sport, Honda is also bringing its 1965 Mexico F1 GP winning ‘RA272’ F1 Car and the McLaren-Honda MP4/4 1988 F1 Car.
Meanwhile, on two wheels, where Honda Racing rules the dance, Freddie Spencer will ride 1985 NSR 500 bike, Casey Stoner will ride the RC213V MotoGP bike, the fearless Jenny Tinmouth will ride a BSB CBR1000RR Fireblade (Jenny is the current female TT lap record holder, a stunning feat of bravery and sheer guts) and John McGuinness will ride the CBR1000RR TT Legends bike.
Don’t miss the action.