[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][dealer network][desktop calendar][exhaust notes][tov forums][links][search][sponsors][garage][login]

Tire Rack Upgrade Garage
 Search for a Dealer:
 Canadian Flag US Flag
 Honda Acura
 ZIP  
Acura
There are currently no active Acura promotions
Honda
There are currently no active Honda promotions
2018 Acura RLX Arrives in Showrooms with Striking Redesign
More.......................
American Honda Reports Sales Figures for October 2017
More.......................
Second-Generation NSX “Dream Project” by ScienceofSpeed to Debut at SEMA
More.......................
Honda Reveals their Sports EV Concept
More.......................
Watch Live: Honda Reveals their Sports EV Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show
More.......................
American Honda reports strong sales numbers for September 2017
More.......................
Honda will be showing a Sports EV Concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
More.......................
The 1.5T in the 2018 Accord has VTEC!
More.......................
Today's Reading Links --> Re: First independent review of Tesla Model 3: Doug DeMuro
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: New Tesla Roadster will go from 0-60mph in 1.9s
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: G70: Korean Entry-level Luxury domination on the rise?
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: How Honda reinvented the compact Hybrid
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Mazda confirms turbo for the 2018 Mazda 6
Join Discussion......
TLX --> Re: TLX-L mini-site up
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Why is Acura being so quiet?
Join Discussion......
Civic --> Re: Does Honda = Sony and Kia = Samsung
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: Kia Stinger Review
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Tablet + iphone on wheel
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Autoblog CTR Driver's Notes
Join Discussion......
TSX --> Re: 2nd Gen TSX OEM Floor Mats
Join Discussion......
Accord --> Re: 2018 Accord Sport - Sport Mode on CVT but not 6MT?
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: F1 - 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix - Spoilers
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Join Discussion......
Jump to:
article details
Author Shawn Church
Categories Light Trucks, TOV Road Test, Odyssey, Motorsports
Create Date August 01, 2006 23:26
Last Update August 01, 2006 18:14
Racing Minivans?
Amateur racing is often a case of making do with what you have. Sometimes it's a case of doing what you know best. But rarely in the past have these racing realities resulted in what the world witnessed at the 2006 Car and Driver One Lap of America.

Entered into the SUV class were two minivans - Honda Odysseys to be exact, built and prepped by a team of Honda associates from Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA). For some it would have been enough to simply enter such unconventional vehicles into what has become one of the biggest "run what you brung" road racing competitions in the world. But the team from HMA, Bradley Buchanan (Project Leader), Adam Webster, Toby Leslie, Rick Parisi, Shane Breuninger and John Wamsley weren't content with just showing up. Like other racing teams formed by Honda employees such as HART, HRA and the Thunderhill 25 Hours team, the HMA boys wanted to compete, and they even dared dream about winning their class. In their first ever competition, after a week of racing and nearly 5000 miles of driving from track to track, they nearly succeeded, foiled only by a 500+ hp, V8, AWD SUV with carbon fiber body panels.

While a victory eluded them in their first One Lap, finishing 2nd and 3rd in class, and 48th and 66th overall in a field of 88 cars is an outstanding start for the HMA team. Among the cars bested included Lotus Elises, Pontiac GTOs, Chevrolet Corvettes and many other sports cars that never expected to place behind one (or two) minivans. The HMA Odysseys combined speed, reliability and comfort (more on that later) to surprise the field. Want to know how they did it? Let's look at the race cars themselves.

[Next Page]

reader's comments
Click Here to Submit Your Comments

Viewing Threshold (What is this?)

[fancy] [flat] [simple]
Subject Thread Originator Replies Last Post
  about the video
underpressure 2
  Acceleration = Last gen Oddy
soulboy 7
  290 hp 250 lb.ft ... crank or wheels?
typeR 12
  I love it...
shingles 15
  How do we get the engine and transmission tuning?
s2ktaxi 3
  FORGOT about the CIVIC!!
Antigen 1
  Told ya!
6SPDTL 4
  Why?????
HONDA AFVM 0
  # 72
magueto 0
Jump to:
2018 Acura RLX PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
TOV First Drive: 2018 Honda Accord
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Specifications and Features (FINAL)
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2018 Accord Touring 2.0T PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2018 Accord Touring 1.5T PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2017 Velocitech Inc. All information contained herein remains the property of Velocitech Inc.
The Temple of VTEC is not affiliated with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. TOV Policies and Guidelines - Credits - Privacy Policy