It’s been 30 years since Honda released the very first GX Series OHV engine, one of the most successful engineering developments the power equipment industry has ever seen. To celebrate the resilience and longevity of this technological advancement, the company is excited to launch its “30 Years of Blood, Sweat and Cheers” competition on Monday, 2 September.
In 1983 Yonekazu Uestsuji, a Japanese engineer at Honda, designed and constructed the first GX engine, persuading his managers that the technology inherent in the unit was worthwhile. “Some managers felt that the additional cost of OHV was not warranted”, Uestsuji san said in a 2003 interview.
In the 30 years since, Honda – the world’s largest engine manufacturer – and the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) that incorporate the GX engine into their products have flourished off the back of Uestsuji san’s work.
From Monday, 2 September until Friday, 4 October, Honda Australia’s engine division is running a competition on their Facebook page to win one of three amazing Honda packages. One major prize winner will get to choose from a Lawn & Garden, Boat or Motorcycle package.
The Lawn & Garden prize pack comprises a Buffalo Classic lawnmower, bent shaft brushcutter, blower and work wear pack (RRP $1,960), perfect for the domestic or commercial gardener.
The second option is a Boat package features Honda’s brand new 2-metre Honwave inflatable boat paired with a BF2.3 outboard engine (RRP $2,233.95), designed for navigating lakes, rivers and harbours.
And for the young motorcycle enthusiast in the family, the Honda Motorcycle prize pack includes the Honda CRF50 minibike and swag of kids’ clothing taken from Honda’s brand new 2013/14 range (RRP $1,972.95).
To enter, visit facebook.com/HondaPowerEquipmentAU and upload a photo of your GX engine-powered product from the past 30 years, then write in 50 words or less the story behind your GX engine. The winner will be chosen on Monday, 7 October and offered their choice of these three massive Honda prize packs.
For more information on Honda Australia’s engine division, visit poweredby.honda.com.au.