Its nearly time for the grand finale and for the first time the Honda Formula 4-Stroke 150hp and 225hp championships: Rounds 9 and 10 will beheldat the Southampton International Boat Show: September 11 & 12 2004
2004 sees the Southampton Boat Show host live powerboat racing for the first time with visitors over the opening weekend treated to the final rounds of the 2004 Honda Formula 4-Stroke championships. Rounds nine and ten of the 150hp and 225hp classes look set to be the most exciting races in Honda Formula 4-Stroke's six-year history, as the top four teams in each championship are separated by a mere nine points.
"We've never had a season finale like this before," comments Southampton's Steve Curtis, five-time Class 1 Powerboat World Champion and Honda Formula 4-Stroke Series Organiser.
Martin Sanders, General Manager Honda (UK) Power Equipment confirmed, "This year's finals will be fiercely contested and visitors to the Southampton Boat Show are in for a treat. Yet Honda has a lot more on offer than just the Honda Formula 4-Stroke races.
"For those not satisfied with simply being spectators we have both 'tryaboat' and 'try a race boat' available throughout the show. In the Honda Dream Zone, visitors can get up close to all of Honda's products, fromcars, bikes and marine to ATV, lawn and garden and generators. Even mighty F1andF3 cars will be on display and fans can test their track racing skillson a motorcycle or S2000 car simulator.
"The Honda Marine stand will cater for the boat enthusiast's everyneed,"continues Sanders. "It will feature the full range of Honda's out board engines, from the BF2.3 up to the BF225, alongside inflatables andaccessories. The oldest Honda outboard in the world, the GB30, will beondisplay to illustrate the technological advances made by Honda Marinesinceour first 4-stroke outboard engine was launched 40 years ago.
"Over in the Honda viewing area, there are all sorts of activities on offer for race spectators who envy the teams on the podium," finishes Sanders.
"Not only can visitors collect prizes in the 'Spin and Win' game but they can also enter the amazing Daily Telegraph competition where one luckywinner will claim a garage full of Honda prizes including a Jazz car, aDylan scooter, an Izy lawnmower and a BF2.3 inflatable package. We havemade sure that Honda has something for everyone at the Southampton BoatShow."