Soichiro Honda: Biography and Inspirational Story of Honda’s Founder

Soichiro Honda is known as the founder of Honda. Currently the Honda company is one of the largest and most famous automotive manufacturers in the world. The ups and downs of building his business is one of the stories in the life journey of the founder of Honda. He is an important figure behind the long history of the most famous automotive company in the world today. Thanks to the invention of the engine, the largest automotive company in the world was born, namely the Honda Motor Company. The following is the profile and biography of Soichiro Honda.

Quick Info

Full Name Soichiro Honda
Birth Date November 17, 1906
Birth Place Hamamatsu, Japan
Died August 5, 1991, Tokyo, Japan
Wife Sachi Honda
Parents Father – Gihei Honda

Mother – Mika Honda

Child Hirotoshi Honda
Known as Founder of Honda Motor Company

Soichiro Honda Biography

Soichiro Honda, that’s what his name is called. The founder of the Honda company was born on November 17, 1906 in Shizuoka, Japan. His father’s name is Gihei Honda and his mother’s name is Mika Honda. Soichiro Honda has one brother named Benjiro Honda. Stay up-to-date with Deltsapure! Provide accurate and updated news for readers.

Childhood

Since childhood, Honda has had an interest in engines, especially car engines. He could be said to be quite intelligent. However, Hoanda is often lazy when going to school.

Regarding Soichiro Honda’s biography, when he was 16 years old it was known that he did not want to continue school.

Because he thought school at that time was just a waste of time. He just wanted to learn more about car engines.

Finally, his father, Gehei Honda, who fully understood his ambition, introduced him to a friend in Tokyo named Kashiwabara, a car repair shop director named Art.

Honda Mechanic Talent

In March 1922, Soichiro Honda was accompanied by his father to Tokyo to work there. But not as a technician or related to machines, he was just a babysitter. The baby she is taking care of is the child of the director of Art’s workshop.

From there Honda’s knowledge of engines developed. He stole time when the workshop was closed to just look at and analyze the car engine.

Especially when he finds a book in the library, and collects his salary just to rent the book. The first book he read was The Internal Combustion System.

One day, when Soichiro was mopping the floor, his employer invited him to help in the workshop, because that day the workshop was busy. And this is where he demonstrated his ability to repair the engine of a Ford Model T car issued in 1908.

With his knowledge of stealing time to just look at car engines and the knowledge he got from books, he finally managed to amaze the other technicians.

At the age of 18, he went to the town of Marioka to repair a car engine. Because he was still young, the pick-up person was surprised. “The art workshop master is going to the toilet, right?” asked one of the two pick-ups, because he couldn’t believe that the person he was picking up was only a teenager aged 10 years.

“I’m the one you mean, thank you for picking me up,” Soichiro replied casually. Hihihi.. it’s also funny to see the faces of the two pick-ups.

The technicians’ amazement didn’t stop there, even when he started to dismantle the car, many didn’t believe he could put it back together. But apparently, he managed to fix the car.

With these achievements, at the age of 22 Soichiro Honda was already the head of the Art workshop, and was trusted to open a branch in the city of Hamamatsu.

Honda Becomes Head of Workshop

In Soichiro Honda’s biography as quoted from hamamatsu-daisuki.net, it is stated that in 1928, Soichiro became head of the Hamamatsu branch of the Art Workshop.

Initially the workshop only had 1 employee, but after 3 years of existence, it already had around 50 employees.

During this period, car repair problems were handed over to his subordinates who were first given knowledge about engines. Meanwhile, Soichiro only checked the work of his subordinates, and concentrated more on increasing their creativity and knowledge in the field of machines.

As the head of the workshop, he was known to be fierce and tough. He doesn’t hesitate to hit his subordinates on the head with a screwdriver or wrench (as seen in the book, whether that’s true or not).

Of all the employees, there are two groups. One is the one who survives and the one who runs away. And usually, the people who survive are people who are skilled technicians.

Over a period of 3 years, Soichiro made car wheels made of iron. In those days, car wheels were made of wood, so if used for a long period of time, the wheel axle would become loose. In 1933, it turned out that Soichiro had started making a racing car with his own hands, which he called the Curtis.

The name Curtis is taken from the name of the engine he uses, the Curtis A1 aircraft engine. With his car, he won races but only as a navigator, not as a racer.

In the same year, Soichiro married Sachi, an educated woman. The presence of an educated Sachi, for Soichiro who did not undergo formal education, has a very big meaning.

Sachi not only plays the role of wife, but also a teacher who teaches etiquette and basic sciences. But what meant the most was how Sachi understood Soichiro’s interest in engineering.

From Piston Rings to Motorcycles

In 1934, Soichiro planned to make his own car. Not taking car engines from well-known brands at that time.

He carried out this intention by first making piston rings. In 1935, right next to Art’s workshop he made a sign for the Art Piston Ring Research Center.

Piston Rings Made by Honda

Soichiro’s piston rings always failed, because he didn’t understand the problem of mixing metals at all. Because the piston rings he makes always break or scratch the cylinder walls.

Finally he came to Hamamatsu High School majoring in engineering, and was told that there were other mixtures needed to make piston rings, including silicon.

With the information he received, he finally had the determination to continue school, even though at that time Soichiro was already 28 years old.

Finally, 3 years later, on November 20, 1937, he succeeded in making the piston ring. And in 1938 he founded a piston ring manufacturing factory called Tokai Seiki. Meanwhile, the workshop he headed was handed over to his subordinates to manage.

The workshop he founded finally started official production in 1941 after investors from Toyota, the company founded by Sakichi Toyoda. In 1945, when World War II was raging, his workshop was destroyed by a bomb by the Allies. And Japan also lost the war.

Desperate and Almost Giving Up

And Soichiro’s life was ruined. He didn’t do any work at that time. He no longer had any intention of building a factory, in fact he only wanted to learn to play the flute at that time. Honda even seemed almost to give up.

In the post-war era, when objects were still very rare, the textile industry developed very rapidly at that time. It is said that people who own a loom can earn 10 thousand yen once they move the machine.

And at that time Soichiro thought about how to make a weaving machine that was more sophisticated than what existed at that time. He also set up a factory making weaving machines which eventually stopped due to lack of capital.

Honda’s First Motorcycle

When the factory he was making stopped, a friend offered him 500 used radio transmitting machines from war activities.

And Soichiro was asked to use the machine. After seeing the bicycle, he intended to make a motorbike with a radio transmitter engine.

The way to ride a motorbike at that time was also very different from what it is now. First of all, the machine must be heated over fire, and pushed for at least 30 minutes, then the machine can be used. But it still sold well, and production capacity at that time was more than 1 unit per day. In just one year, 500 radio transmitters ran out.

With these achievements, Soichiro continued to develop motorbike engines, and succeeded in creating a motorbike called Dream D, after making engines A, B, and C. This motorbike made by Soichiro was a 2-stroke engine with 98 cc and a maximum speed of only 50 km/hour.

At the same time that the Dream D was being marketed, a great marketer named Fujisawa joined Soichiro and built a motorbike manufacturing factory.

Then, Fujisawa’s presence brought major changes to the company called Honda.

Before the Dream D was marketed, Fujisawa tried out the motorbike to the public. And it is known that because the Dream D is a 2-stroke motorbike, the noise it makes is a problem.

And thus, Fujisawa forced Soichiro to create a noise-poor 4-stroke engine. Finally a 4 stroke engine was made and managed to become number one in Japan. With this 4 stroke engine, the maximum speed is 75 km/hour.

Honda Company Today

Now the Honda company is one of the largest automotive companies in the world competing with Yamaha, Toyota and other automotive companies.

The products are not only motorbikes but also cars and other technological devices such as robots. Where all the company’s success started from the dream of its founder Soichiro Honda.

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