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floundericiousMI
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Michelin CEO Edouard Michelin dies in accident    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-26-2006 15:28
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Sad news...

Edouard Michelin, CEO of Michelin Tyres, has passed away at the age of 42 after a boating accident.

http://f1.racing-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/060526202947.shtml

Roger1
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Re: Michelin CEO Edouard Michelin dies in accident    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-26-2006 19:21
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R.I.P.

Michelin is one of the only companies left in the world today, in any industry, that is similar to Honda in terms of technological challenge, and not chasing after money as the only goal. Michelin has no interest in a spec series, and sees right through the corrupt and incompetent FIA. There is no other large tyre manufacturer like it.

Similarly, I don't think any engine manufacturer will oppose the new 2008 F1 spec/homologation-engine regulations except for Honda. We saw the same thing when the 2006 partial-spec engine components/dimensions/materials regulations were introduced... some hardcore fans were outraged, but every manufacturer, aside from Honda, was just fine with "dumbing down" the technology.

doughboy
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Re: Michelin CEO Edouard Michelin dies in accident    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-26-2006 22:42
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I like Honda a lot too, but when you talk about Honda not wanting to race in a spec F1 series, how do you explain their participation in Indy? It's something I've never understood...

roninsi02
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Re: Michelin CEO Edouard Michelin dies in accident    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-26-2006 22:52
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I like to call it looking the other way for some blind fans.
Roger1
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Re: Michelin CEO Edouard Michelin dies in accident    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-26-2006 23:02
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It's simple. As Takeo Fukui said, IRL is not a corporate Honda activity. It is mostly a marketing activity by the "American Honda" subsidiary, which is given a great deal of autonomy and human/financial resources in order to produce consumer sales results in North America. That said, American Honda does make some attempt to use Honda's culture/values in its own sales activities, which is why they spend money in racing.

This Michelin-themed thread has been hijacked, which is my fault, so let's leave it at that.

Roger1
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Re: Michelin CEO Edouard Michelin dies in accident    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-26-2006 23:04
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Looking the other way?

 
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