Posts Tagged ‘American Honda’

Hoot, We Bid you Adieu

December 19, 2008

Up to this point, we’ve reported that Honda has pulled out of  AMA Road Racing, and  announced sweeping changes to its business plan. Well, there’s another missive coming over from Honda announcing that the OE is canceling the Honda Hoot.

In Honda’s words:

American Honda announced today [Dec. 19] that the 2008 Honda Hoot will bring to a close 15 years of what has been one of the most successful motorcycle rallies in history. Over the years, almost a quarter of a million guests attended the Honda Hoot which was born in the hills of Ashville North Carolina and eventually moved to Knoxville, Tennessee. At the first event, a little over 3,000 attendees enjoyed what would grow to become one of the largest rallies in North America

The Hoot set new precedence for what a motorcycle rally should be, offering not only a wonderful opportunity to test ride new products but also focusing on family fun and growing the industry from the ground up. Based on the current economic crunch which may have significant impact on our customers during 2009, American Honda will take this time to seek out new and innovative ways to engage with our customers so that we can continue to ride together.

American Honda extends our deepest gratitude to the more than 1300 volunteers who helped make the Honda Hoot a success and to all our event sponsors, to our two host cities, Knoxville, TN and Asheville, NC, and especially to all the good people who helped make the Hoot such a great event.

Honda Withdraws from AMA Road Racing!

December 12, 2008

This just came over at 6 p.m. on Friday (always a good move when you want to avoid commenting – this editor’s opinion). Please contact us if you have any thoughts on this.

American Honda withdraws from AMA road racing

Torrance CA: American Honda announced today that it will withdraw Team Honda
from participation in the 2009 AMA Roadracing Series. This was an extremely
difficult decision to make as the racing spirit reaches to the very core of
Honda.

The primary factor contributing to this decision is the current global
economic situation and its impact on Honda. Although Team Honda will not be
in attendance, Honda will continue to be represented in AMA Roadracing
through our ongoing support of both the Erion Honda Racing and Corona Honda
Racing teams.

Entering the second year of our partnership with Red Bull Energy Drink, the
Honda Red Bull Racing team will return for the 2009 Supercross and National
Motocross season with a full roster of factory riders.

American Honda¹s factory and support teams have earned more than 100
national titles in U.S. Road Racing, ATV, Supermoto, Supercross, Motocross
and off-road competition, and we would like to extend our deepest thanks to
all the sponsors, supporters and fans of our racing efforts over the years.
We ask that you continue to support the Honda Red Bull Racing team, the
Erion Honda Racing team and the Corona Honda Racing team along with all the
other Honda Red Riders as they chase the championships and battle for each
victory.

While it is unfortunate that the current economic conditions led us to
take this action, rest assured that Honda¹s deep-seated passion for
racing has not been, and will never be, diminished.