MAY 4, 1998
Kawamoto to retire
Kawamoto and his predecessor Tadashi Kume, who retired in May 1990, were the prime movers in Honda's F1 involvement in the 1980s. Kume had been an engineer with the Honda F1 team in the 1960s and Kawamoto was one of the race team technicians. Both went on to become head of Honda's Research and Development department at Wako before taking over the running of the company. Although new management may have less direct experience in motor racing, it is unlikely that Honda will move away from its belief that competition is the best way to train engineers, motivate staff and to advertise the product.