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video: Honda City Bulldog close escape

My interest in the Honda City Bulldog hasn’t died out yet. What about this Bulldog doing a close escape during a Bulldog cup race?

Amazing how much that car can withstand! It is doing a full roll @2:48, survives it and the driver even recovers the car from the gravel and returns to the pit without much trouble! That’s one sturdy car! I want one now! 😉

Contest: we have a winner!

For those who did not send me the correct answer or did not know the answer at all: the nickname of the Honda City Turbo was the bulldog:

Apparently this time the contest wasn’t too difficult: I did receive four correct answers in total! 🙂

This morning I picked a winner:
I drew a winner from my sons cap
I drew a winner from my sons cap

Contest winner: Devil/Kazu!
Contest winner: Devil/Kazu!

So congratulations to Devil/Kazu! Merry Sint Nicolaas! 😉
The NFS game will be sent your way asap!

Carina Sightings: Carina A6 Coupe pace car

I still can’t let go the Honda City so I was browsing some blogs and videos about the Honda City and came across this nice video:

You can see some early 80s action on the track in the wet!
During the take off you can see a yellow pace car at 22 seconds and 34 which looks very much like a Carina Coupe. Its front lights are square, rear lights are long and wide and its boot has a tiny flat spot. So I think this pace car must be a Carina A6 Coupe.

To keep up with these small Honda City turbos it most probably must have been the TA63 with the 3T-GTE engine. The 4AGE would not be quick enough to follow them: a City turbo racing spec did the 1/4 mile in 13.5 seconds!

As a bonus, another start of a Honda City race and this time it is really spectacular:

Honda City and Motocompo study in 2001: the Honda e-DAX

I couldn’t let go the combination of the Honda City and the Motocompo, so I did some searching upon the topic of foldable motorized bikes and found this:
Motocompo successor: the Honda e-dax
The Motocompo successor: the Honda e-DAX

The e-DAX was a prototype shown at the Tokyo Motor Show 2001 as a foldable bike for the Honda Bulldog prototype. What a coincidence that the Honda City Turbo II was nicknamed the Bulldog (it really looked like one!) and the Motocompo’s bigger brother was called the Dax in Europe.

Honda Bulldog and E-dax on Tokyo Motor Show 2001
Honda Bulldog and e-DAX on Tokyo Motor Show 2001

The e-DAX only weighted 25kg and could easily be folded into a compact package. The e-DAX has unfolded the same dimensions as the Motocompo but was rougly twice as small when folded. Also the weight was only half of the Motocompo. I really wonder why Honda never actually tried to sell the e-DAX…

If you want to know more about the e-DAX or the Bulldog:
[Honda World e-DAX exhibition]
[e-DAX on Tokyo Motor Show 2001]

Hilarious: 1981 Honda City and the Motocompo

This weeks hilarious posting stays in the 1980s, just like last week!

This week I present you: the Honda City! (city… city… hondahondahondahonda…)

I used to be a big fan of Madness in the 80s and owned about every record/cd they ever made, but I never knew their songs (and themselves) were actually used in commercials for the Honda City! The commercials itself were hilarious back then! Dated as they are now they look even more hilarious! Honda tried to attract young people to the Honda City and back then Madness was the band that attracted a lot of those youngsters, so it would have been a very obvious choice!

The 1981 Honda City was a subcompact car and was produced till 1986. The car sold in Europe under the name Honda Jazz. Due to Opel owning the rights to the name City on a car (Opel Kadett City for instance) Honda had to choose a different name. It was just a few centimeters too tall and wide to be a Kei car if the displacement would have been lower. Of course the European Jazz is in no way comparable with the Japanese City: apart from the Turbo and Turbo II editions it lacks the Motocompo companion in the trunk! The motowhat?
Motocompo minibike in Honda Jazz
Motocompo minibike in Honda Jazz

The Motocompo is a small minibike with a small 49cc 2 stroke engine which fitted in the trunk of the Honda City. It was sold as an option till 1983 when the production reached 53369, so not every City did actually have one. The Motocompo manages to output 2,5HP and with its 42 kilograms it should actually a quite capable minibike for the City! (city… city… hondahondahondahonda…)

Here you can see how rediculously small that Motocompo actually is when someone rides it:

And during my search for info I also found out people are selling brand new Motocompos through Ebay for $3500! That’s more expensive than the City was when new! (thanks to Japanese Nostalgic Car for that info!)

I only learned of the Honda Motocompo during early 90s when I got involved into anime and discovered the You’re Under Arrest (Taiho Shichauzo) series. In this series Natsumi Tsujimoto and Miyuki Kobayakawa, two female police officers, patrolled Tokyo in their Honda Today. The Honda Today was partly the successor of the Honda City: Today was the smaller Kei sistermodel of the City while the higher spec (like more luxurious and the Turbo editions) remained the City. Back then I mistook the City for the Today.
You're under arrest (Taiho Shichauzo) and their Honda Today
You’re under arrest (Taiho Shichauzo) and their Honda Today

In the series you can see the Motocompo in action various times since Natsuki ownes one and always takes along on their patrols.

And to show you once again how small that Motocompo actually is, look at how big Madness is:
Motocompo minibike vs Madness
Motocompo minibike vs Madness

A bike that small? Madness!

IMO the Motocompo was a great invention from Honda! Just imagine: drive to the outskirts of central Tokyo, park your car and travel to work in central Tokyo with your Motocompo! It would even work here in the Netherlands and it’s puny capital Amsterdam! If they would only have sold the Motocompo along with the Jazz… Jazz? I should rather call it the City!

If you really like Madness you’d definitely love the City! city… city… hondahondahondahonda… Damn… That song is in my head now! 🙁

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