On this years 2nd Annual Ruck Out Rally, we had a rare opportunity to set foot inside Honda’s Secret Museum in Torrance, California. In fact, this place is so exclusive, we didn’t even know it existed. (which is literally 40 minutes away from us) Last year’s Ruck Out was held at the same Honda headquarter location (minus the VIP museum treatment). Anyway, this year, we got to go in.
As we step inside the secret building, we are presented with Honda North America collection. Literally the cleanest, most unmolested classic Hondas you’ll ever lay your eyes on. A collection that played a huge role in Honda auto-making history. There are roughly 50 cars and a little over 15 bikes on display. Unfortunately this isn’t open to the public, so we made sure to respect all rules and regulations. Only a low number of people have actually seen the collection and from what we know; they don’t plan to change that policy. Even some Honda employees have yet to see the collection. As much as we respected the spot, we couldn’t help but act like kids in a toy store (candy store- whatever), we scattered everywhere taking it all in. Studying anything and everything we could with the little time we had. Being involved with Honda’s since a child, it was definitely remarkable to be able to see this collection; the best thing is that we didn’t have to buy a plane ticket or travel far for the visit.
Thanks to Honda and Alpinestars for putting this together and making it all possible.
Right in the entrance, we pay our respect to Soichiro Honda- the founding father of Honda Motors.
A little walk down memory lane of photos of the first Honda U.S. headquarter which opened in 1959, located on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. For those who may be confused, that’s not a Honda Pick-up truck, it’s actually a Chevy Appache that Honda Motorcycles used back in 1959. Also on display is a v8 Honda engine, most likely off of an Indy car.
The first car you will see after entering the museum, is a N-600 (on the left). The N-600 was the first car Honda introduced to the United States. Packing 599cc, the N-600 wasn’t exciting to American’s in 1970, but definitely any collectors out there could appreciate the tiny package.
Life size replica of the original Honda Headquarter properly displayed with a Super Cub and another N-600.
Hiding in back corner far right of the entrance, you’ll find a ultra rare Mugen CRX. Any true OG JDM Honda fan would love to own this car. Mugen body parts were tested in a wind-tunnel to ensure that the aerodynamics actually performs and does what it’s suppose to.
Honda Metropolitan that was used at the Pasadena Rose Parade; Honda is a longtime sponsor for the New Year’s Day parade. Being a Metropolitan owner, I wished this was the color that my Met originally came in. Throughout the years, I’ve only seen a few Met’s in this color scheme.
It’ll be rad to have to be able to store our cars like this at Steady Garage.
Every time we see this Honda 1200 (aka Tokyo Joe), I always have to snap a photo of it. Although nothing has changed, we appreciate the history and story behind the life of the driver/builder Bob Boileau Jr (Honda Bob). Everything about this car was about taking risks and do something that has never been done before. In 1974, only a handful of people were racing Honda’s, a fuel efficient economical car with very few parts support. Honda Bob reminds us about how we build scooters, testing shit out and blowing things up. Then laugh and learn from the experiment- make it worth while. For those who are interested in reading a full article, check out Honda Tuning.
On another level, you’ll find some classic Honda motorcycles, CB’s, Dreams, Scrambler, etc.
Check out the display of many different series of Honda engines with cutaways showing the internal engineering and designs.
The infamous B-Series Honda engine.
1-2-3- RUCKOUT! Last shot of the Ruck Out II riders (spot yourself?).
Since the museum project started, Honda’s collection got larger and larger. They couldn’t store all of the cars in this portion of the warehouse, some say they have another warehouse housing more cars and bikes. Maybe someday we’ll be able to see it.
Off to Alpinestars we go.
Stay tuned for the final blog post of Ruck Out II.
Sorry if we bored ya.