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UK Honda Insight Owners Day 5th of August 2005

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Good news! :D I have corresponded with the Honda Institute and the UK's first Honda Insight Owners Day will take place on Friday 5th August.

I am meeting the guys at Honda in the next couple of weeks to decide on the days programme but it will include some or all of the following:

A tour of the Honda Institute and presentation of what they do
A presentation of the history of Honda and its products
Some Honda product demos
A presentation and demo of the technology behind Insight
An Insight quiz (with a Insight-related prize provided by me)
Hopefully a presentation by the Honda UK Product Development team about the IMAS/Insight 2

I was pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm of the Honda UK contact:

"Wow! Yes we would love to have the Insight Owners Club visit the Honda Institute. We are always very happy to show off our facilities and to talk about Honda's fantastic technology. What you have requested is right up our street and I would be happy to have a face to face meeting to discuss details. Could you tell me, would they be bringing their vehicles? We have a very large workshop and it would be great to have fleet of Insights on display. The charge for the numbers you have requested would be only £20:00 per head (including lunch) and I can assure you we have experts on the Insight technology and the trip would be very worthwhile for you. I look forward to hearing from you."

As you can see there is a £20 fee, which includes a proper lunch. I am willing to pay this for the first 10 Insight drivers and their co-pilots that sign up, but I would be grateful for any reimbursements on the day! :)

When I have more details on the programme for the day I will let you know. The Honda Institute is in Colnbrook, Slough - just off the M4/M25, near Heathrow. Please post if you have any queries or suggestions and also to confirm that you and your Insight can attend.
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Thanks for your responses. The first five spaces have been taken up, another five left:

Lean Machine
Dgate
Sulphur Man (sent me a PM)
jack9994
Ed

I think it would be a good idea for the Honda PR people to be there and I will discuss this with them on 1st of July when I have the meeting with them. I work for the Department for Transport (hence the website link) and it is possible that our departmental magazine / PR people might be interested as well. This is a personal project and not connected with DfT.

A later e-mail from Honda said that they should be able to give us details about the new Civic IMA due next year but any details about the Insight 2 are likely to be embargoed.

I will supply more details as and when I have them. If anyone has suggestions about other activities on the day, please post. Thanks!
 

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Already invited No.166 and Windmill from mainland Europe - if you can think of anyone else please send me a PM :)
 

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Mark Elvin said:
BTW, is a certain person bidding on an Oxygen blue Insight on EBAY?
Perhaps.... :D

Glad you should be able to make the Owners Day, that makes seven Insights (including me) plus possibly the chap I sold my silver Insight to. I still have around five unopened PMs to UK owners.
 

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I had a very good meeting at the Honda Institute today and we have agreed a provisonal programme for the Insight Owners Day:

10.00-10.15 Start & Introductions

10.15-11.00 Presentation on Honda History & Products

11.00-11.30 Tour of the Institute

11.30-11.45 Coffee Break

11.45-12.30 Presentation on IMA Technology

12.30-13.00 In the Workshop - IMA & Component Parts

13.00-14.00 Lunch - three courses. Vegetarian available (as it's a Friday one main course choice is likely to be Fish & Chips)

14.00-14.45 In the Workshop - more practical demonstrations with IMA, including, for example, how to safely close it down

14.45-15.30 IMA Product Development News - including exclusive details about the new Civic IMA

15.30-16.00 Insight Quiz with prize!

If anyone has any comments or suggestions please let me know ASAP. Most of the presentations & workshops will be run by the resident Honda IMA expert (he went to Japan in 1999 when the Insight came out, to meet and learn from the R 'n' D guys). The programme is not set in stone and we can change the times on the day - for example we may find an hour too long for lunch.

Honda PR & DfT Magazine may be there to take some photos. We will be allocated separate parking spaces in the back car park near the entrance to the workshop. The Institute is in a not-so-attractive trading estate but the Institute itself is very good inside. The address is: Poyle Trading Estate, Blackthorne Road, Colnbrook. On the estate, turn right immediately after 'Kangaroo Courier Service'; nearest motorway junction is Jct 14 on the M25 (1 mile away). I can supply a PDF location map for the Honda Institute to anyone who wants it.

Current attendees (edited 3/7) are:

The Citrus Smoothie
Lean Machine (+1)
Dgate
Jack9994
Ed
Sulphur Man
Philip Edwards (+1)
Mark Elvin (provisional)
Alister (provisional)

Definitely looking forward to it! :D
 

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Philip & Gill - Thanks for your post and enthusiasm. I will send you the location map as requested. With regards to your brother attending, I personally feel that as it is an "Insight Owners" day with special assistance from Honda, then perhaps it may not be appropriate if he attended. On the other hand if Gill is not that keen (like my wife), then he could perhaps attend as a co-pilot. If we arrange a more activity based 'get together' at a later date then I would be happy to make it all-comers. If you disagree then please shout but I hope you understand.

John / Jack9994 - I asked about the IMAS at our meeting but they did not have any solid information, only rumours. However, they do have solid information on the new Civic IMA (which they have driven) and by all accounts sounds fantastic (which they will tell us about on the day).

I will post again when there are any more queries or nearer the big day!
 

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John - Thanks for your post and PM. With regards to Adrian - the more Insight owners the merrier. Please let Adrian know he is welcome to attend. I also invited Matt Partridge (the guy who won the replacement Insight) but he is away at the time. However he knows another Insight owner and has passed on the invite.

Happy for your son to attend as co-pilot. Each 'session' on the day is no longer than 45 minutes so he shouldn't get bored.
 

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Welcome Andy - I have sent you an e-mail.

John - Can we expect Adrian to attend?

Not long to go now!
 

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Glad you can make it Mark.

We now have at least 10 Insights attending :D :

Citrus Smoothie (Christian)
Lean Machine +1 (Paul)
Dgate
Jack9994 +1 (John)
Ed
Sulphur Man
Philip & Gill Edwards
Mark Elvin
Adrian Miller
Andy Nord
Alister (possible)

If anybody needs directions, please e-mail me (although I am away until Sunday 24th).

The big day is getting closer, I have got to start planning when I am going to wash my Insight! :wink:
 

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Looking forward to the big day! Just had confirmation from Alister as well. I have been asked to write an article and take photos for the DfT staff magazine. It will be great meeting other Insight owners, even those in their dressing gowns... :)
 

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Hi Windmill. Welcome on board! I have sent you an e-mail with the directions. At this rate it looks as though we may have as many as a dozen Insights attending! :)
 

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Hi everyone, thanks for the positive responses and I am glad you enjoyed yourselves. I am particularly glad that Windmill found the trip over from the Netherlands worthwhile.

I have just e-mailed four photos of the day to those who I have an e-mail address for. If anybody else wishes to have the photos then please e-mail me through this forum.

I will send out the technical information to those who have requested it as soon as I receive it. Raj at Honda is on leave this coming week, so it may be a couple of weeks yet.

I think it all worked out pretty well! Trouble is, what can we do next year? Track day? :wink:
 

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jack9994 - Is the Tokyo Motor Show this October or do you mean October 2006? Sounds like a crazy but enticing idea :)

Lean Machine - Thanks, I shouldn't be out of pocket as long as I receive money from everyone.

I have loaded four of the UK Insight Owners Day photos onto Yahoo, please see link:

http://uk.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/christ ... .dir=/4042
 

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Wow! Thanks Kip!
 

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Hi Guys, received the invoice and presentations on disc today from Honda. Please see list of documents available below:

History of Honda, PPT Powerpoint, 32029KB
Car-Bike-Boat, MPEG Movie, 53439KB
Honda TT intro, MPEG Movie, 72257KB
Insight Presentation, PPT, 64197KB
(Old) Civic IMA 'Construction & Function', PDF Adobe, 5004KB
Around ten separate training slide shows on the Insight dating back to 2000, PPT, 700-15000KB

As you can see most of the files are small enough to e-mail (especially to those with Broadband) which I would prefer to do. Please e-mail me with any requests.

You will also note that they did not send the new Civic IMA presentation...and the other information on the Insight is not overly technical. HTH!
 

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