Monday, August 9, 2010

Never Before Shigeru Euhara San's words made so much sense to me

Shigeru Uehara Was the chief engineer for the best project Honda has ever made. The NSX and The S2000.

Shigeru Uehara San – 12th April 2009 – Trentino, Italy
The Speech Video

GOOD EVENING EVERYBODY

Thank you for inviting me to this very special event.
Today I’m so excited and pleased to be here because this is the first chance for me to actually meet and speak to S2000 owners in Europe.
I can see that you all love your S2000 very much and as the
person who created the car I am really happy and feel very
much honoured about that The target for the S2000 was to realise both the dynamic performance of a ‘REAL-SPORTS’ and the relief of an ‘OPEN CAR’.

It has its roots in S600 and S800.
38 years ago – at that time I had just started at Honda – I admired the S800 and drove one myself. The high revving engine, the secure handling, the sense of freedom of an open
car, all this gave to me and my later wife great fun and pleasure.
Time has passed and for Honda’s 50th annniversary we began a project to revive the ‘S’. Of course, this was meant to be the new ‘S’, not the old ‘S’, but the legendary heritage was still present.

The concept of the S2000 was ‘Real-Open-Sports’ and we decided to refine the car under European environments. We built the ‘S’ and tested it on a different kind of roads in Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy and the UK under various conditions.
I even do remember to have been close to here, Trento, on early research stage during a test drive.

Now this is how the one and only S2000 was born.
This means, the place where you can drive an S2000 really like an S2000, rev the engine up to 9000 rpm and take full advantage of its potential, is Europe.
So in that respect you are all very lucky.

This year it is the 10th anniversary of the S2000 and it will also be its final year of production.
In those ten years, 110,000 customers around the world bought an S2000 and have shown their appreciation for ‘Real-Open-Sports’.

For these people man and machine become unified and with the high revving engine, the accurate shifting they take the challenge of winding roads with the freedom of an open roof.
Please take good care of your S2000, keep it by your side for long and enjoy it from the bottom of your heart. And share the quality and legacy of the S2000 with many friends so that the legend of the S2000 will continue for long

Today, I sincerely want to thank all of you to have gone all the way with your S2000

Ladies and gentleman thank you very much!

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The words "Please take good care of your S2000, keep it by your side for long and enjoy it from the bottom of your heart." now evidently translate to: Keep them because the idiots at the board are planning to do nothing but Hybrids from now on.

And the words "And share the quality and legacy of the S2000 with many friends so that the legend of the S2000 will continue for long" now translates to: Since they might not have one and now that they can no longer buy one, let them know how a CAR should feel like.


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