Featured In the January 2022 issue of Roadracing World:
On September 17th, 1961, Mike Hailwood on a four-cylinder RC162 won the 250cc Swedish Grand Prix at Kristianstad and with that victory secured Honda’s first World Championship. Jim Redman finished the race in fourth, completing a clean sweep of the top four places for Honda. The race was watched in person by company founder Soichiro Honda, who had made a rare trip to Europe—from Tokyo to Stockholm via Hong Kong, Mumbai, Karachi, Cairo and Rome—to see his dream come true…
“There is no need to be a winner in Japan—first. I want to be the world winner, ” Honda-san had said seven years earlier…
—”1960s Star Jim Redman,” by MotoGP Editor Mat Oxley
Jim Redman was Honda’s most successful rider of the so-called Golden Age, winning six World Championships between 1962 and 1965. Six decades later, no other Honda rider has bettered the total of the no-nonsense, ruthless operator. MotoGP Editor Mat Oxley looks at Redman’s career in the latest issue of Roadracing World!
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