Johnny Campbell Racing Honda wins the SCORE Baja 1000

Johnny Campbell Honda Racing Team

When the 2012 SCORE Baja 1000 wrapped up in November, it was once again the JCR (Johnny Campbell Racing) Honda team that was victorious. The team, consisting of Colton Udall, David Kamo and Timmy Weigland, took the 45th SCORE Baja 1000 with a total time of 20 hours, nine minutes and 30 seconds (20.09:30), the team averaging 55.64 mph aboard the Honda CRF450X. This was the 16th consecutive Baja 1000 win for Honda.

Following the victory, JCR Honda says it was the CRF450X, which was prepped by Eric Siraton, was the best bike the team had for date, allowing it to keep the Number-one plate that was won at the 2011 Baja 1000.

Johnny Campbell (JCR Honda Owner) says, “I am overwhelmed by the effort my crews put together to make this race run smoothly. JCR brings a small army of some of the most extraordinary people together to make a race like the Baja 1000 possible. I can’t thank them enough for their service and support.”

“I am proud to have each one of them in the JCR family and look forward to many more adventures together. Thank you to the racers for their commitment to upholding this Honda legacy, celebrating 50 years of racing Baja and our 16th Baja 1000 win in a row. I also want to thank my family for being ALL IN with our crazy life. Viva Baja.”




Part 1 – The Road to the Dakar Rally

Team HRC's Katsumi Yamazaki

With only a week or two to go to the start of the 2013 Dakar Rally, we feature in this link Part 1 of an interview with Katsumi Yamazaki, the leader of TEAM HRC who recently returned from a test race in the Morocco Rally in Africa. Honda has not entered a works bike in the Dakar for 24 years, so in this interview we find out what are Honda’s main objectives and how do they intend to achieve them?

To view the full interview Part 1, go to:



Leisure Boating, SA’s premier monthly boating magazine, recently reviewed the following Honda powered boat packages, namely the Indigo E400 with a Honda BF50, as well as two new Linder aluminium boat options, the Sportsman 400 with a Honda BF20 and the Sportsman 335 with a Honda BF15. To read the reviews click on the link below:

Indigo E400:

Indigo E400

Sportsman 400 and 335

Linder Sportsman 355

Linder Sportsman 400




Remove the hassles when getting back on the water

Pre-Launch checks are essential

The season for fun, relaxation and quality time with family and friends is with us again, but make sure that you are able to maximize upon it by carrying out some basic checks in terms of the general condition of your boat, engine and trailer, as well as by making sure that all safety precautions and legal documentation is up to date.

General Condition of Boat/ Engine and Trailer

  • Check your HULL for any obvious damage that you may have missed since last using your boat, also that may have been inadvertently caused during any storage period.
  • Start your engine (with water-fed muffs on dry land), having made sure that your battery is fully charged and that your kill switch is in place.
  • Also before launching check that your Power Trim & Tilt, and that all instrumentation and navigational equipment is functioning. It’s not cool drifting from the launch site with zero power in a strong current…
  • As you are well aware, trailer wheel bearings and brakes do not like the salt water, so to avoid damage and potential wheel seizure, ensure that your trailer wheel bearings are checked and greased regularly and that you hose down your trailer after each and every salt water launch or retrieval.
  • Another important point is to check your trailer lights on a regular basis.

Run everything on land to ensure that all is working


  • The legally required annual check by an authorized SAMSA representative of the safety equipment on your boat will give you an up to date COF or Certificate of Fitness. This will mean that from a safety perspective, everything that you’ll need on board once underway is in place, however it’s always a good habit to double-check for yourself.
  • If you have children and it’s been a while since the last boat outing, it’s advisable to check that the children haven’t outgrown their PFD’s/ Life Jackets and that bigger sizes may be required.

Make sure that your boat's PFD's all fit properly, otherwise replace them

Legal Requirements

  • Check that at all times you carry water-tight/ laminated copies of all the legally required documentation on board:

Boat Registration/ Skipper’s Licence/ COF – Certificate of Fitness/ any specific local Permits (SANParks or other requiring you to pay a short term or annual fee based on the size and HP rating of your engines).

This will without doubt avoid any potential dramas with local water authorities who tend to lose their patience and sense of humour over season based on the antics of a limited few who sometimes spoil it for the rest of us…

Above all if you have any questions or queries contact your local Honda Marine dealer who will be able to assist you. Wishing you much fun and enjoyment on the water!



Time on or near the water will re-energize you

Research over time has proven the health-giving benefits of holidaying by the sea or of at least being close to expanses of water. Simple activities on or in the water provide a primary means to de-stress and to rejuvenate your mind and body. From listening to the waves, simply going for a swim or breathing in some good sea air, all of these accompanied by some limited heat from the sun will make you feel healthy and relaxed, but why is this?

What happens with the repetitive and soothing sound of waves breaking on the shore is that it actually alters the wave patterns in your brain and subsequently puts you in a very relaxed state that rejuvenates your mind and body.
Swimming or just floating in the water is a very healthy pastime, its main benefit being to divert the blood from the lower limbs and pump it more towards the abdominal area and hence the heart, primarily as a result of not standing upright. With all this fresh blood now being pumped around your body, more oxygen gets through to the brain making you much more alert and active.

Why is it that after a day on the beach or at sea, you sleep so much better? Well good old sea air is charged with healthy negative ions that quicken the body’s ability to absorb oxygen and to feed it through to the brain. What’s more these ions are also able to balance out the levels of seratonin, an inherent body chemical that is strongly linked to your mood and stress levels, and as a result make you feel far more alert and relaxed.

Limited sun is good, don't forget the sunscreen though..!

Limited sun can also relax you, as endorphins, the natural chemicals in our body which make us more relaxed and less stressed, are secreted by the heat of the sun. In addition limited sun can also have very positive effects on certain skin conditions and complaints.

So if you’re holidaying by the sea this year make sure that you spend some quality time on, in or next to the water, it’s one of the greatest natural re-energizing medicines out there…



Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) set priority actions for 2013

Kei Mouth - venue for the recent MPA Forum

The WWF Honda Marine Parks programme recently held the 2012 MPA Forum at the Morgan’s Bay Nature Reserve, which lies close to the banks of the Kei River and on the borders of the spectacular Wild Coast. The event brought together 95 delegates from across the country, all of whom are involved in some form of management within the MPA’s. This included the MPA managers from the various conservation agencies, government, marine educators, biodiversity and social scientists and community members.
Forum participants tackled both the operational and social aspects of MPA management, as well as placing MPAs within the broader integrated ocean management framework thereby being able to set priority actions for 2013.  These priorities include setting expansion and re-zonation targets, with a focus on the Prince Edward Islands, Algoa Bay and proclaiming a MPA on the Namaqualand coast.
The Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency did a fantastic job in providing and sorting out the forum venue and ensuring that we were warmly welcomed into their special province. The Department of Environmental Affairs: Branch Oceans & Coasts were also well represented and provided very informative presentations on integrated coastal management, estuary management, the draft Oceans Policy and where MPAs fit into the future of South Africa. Other presentations included how the public have become involved in an innovative programme of work within False Bay in collaboration with the governing institutions and how complex social and biodiversity issues were being tackled in the Dwesa-Cwebe MPA.
A real highlight of the Forum included a field visit to the Wild Coast Abalone Farm in nearby Haga-Haga and it was the first time that many were able to view firsthand how a successful mariculture venture was managed, while also seeing the challenges that are faced by such a venture.

Another very successful MPA Forum

The 2012 MPA Forum was probably the most successful to date and this is clearly indicative of the collaborative approach now taken by all attendees. It is only through this collaboration that we will be able to resolve issues of conflict, while setting a clear path into the future of showcasing the value of MPAs. For me, as the facilitator of the event, it is a tremendous privilege to be part of such a positive group of individuals and I look forward to seeing the priorities that have been set, coming into fruition and those responsible for that actions giving positive feedback at the 2013 MPA Forum which looks to be set for the north coast of KwaZulu Natal.

Peter Chadwick
Manager: Integrated Ocean Management




Honda BF175/BF200/BF225 providing Absolute Power

Honda BF200

Honda’s BF175, BF200 and BF225, with powerful large-displacement 3.5L V6 engines, provide boaters with some of the most technologically advanced outboard power available. Based on the proven technologly found in Honda’s automotive engines and incorporating exclusive marine technologies, these revolutionary, high performance outboards deliver superior torque, top-end speed and overall world-class reliability and durability in a narrow, balanced 60° ‘V’ profile powerplant.

Packed with power, the BF175, BF200 and BF225 incorporate Honda’s revolutionary Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLASTTM) air/ fuel ratio and ignition-timing technology, and lean burn control to deliver powerful acceleration together with outstanding fuel economy during cruising.
A high- performance gear case further contributes to the V6 engine series’ impressive acceleration and top-end speed. The BF225 is also equipped with Variable Valve Timing and
Lift Electronic Control (VTECTM) – the same system Honda uses in its racing technology, sports cars and other motor vehicles. VTECTM ensures smooth, stable idling, while the increased valve lift at high rpm broadens the torque curve and provides incredible top- end power.

Honda BF225HP

All three engines are NMEA2000 compliant which allows the motors to be interfaced with on board CANbus networks. This allows engine management data to be displayed on existing NMEA2000 compatible multi function electronic equipment such as Chart-plotters and Fish-finders



Honda’s exclusive Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) and lean burn control systems, optimise the air/fuel mixture to ensure maximum performance out of every drop.

Honda BF200

Honda’s Variable Air Intake system controls the volume and velocity of air in the combustion chamber, making cruising as smooth as it is enjoyable. The use of linear rubber mounts, combined with innovative design features that
see the flywheel positioned below the powerhead, ensures vibration levels are extremely low.


60° V6 3.5L. A powerful, compact, 24-valve SOHC design. Lacking the bulk and weight of long intake runners and multi-camshafts, the narrow V6 design ensures superior performance and durability based on Honda’s automotive engineering excellence.

VTEC™ delivers more power,
torque and efficiency at every speed.

At 4500rpm, a special high-lift cam engages to provide more air (increased valve opening) into the combustion chamber to produce more power.

VTEC™ and Dual Stage Induction work to produce a longer, flatter torque profile: the ultimate in fine-tuned performance. [VTEC™: BF225 only]

Hole shot and acceleration is significantly improved by MBT trace control (ignition timing). MBT – Minimum advance for Best Torque.

Advanced ignition timing develops more horsepower at low rpm to get the hull up on the plane quicker. Super-strong acceleration with rapid advancement of the throttle.

This patented technology pioneers a new age in 4-stroke outboard engines and will be the benchmark for future Honda engine designs.


Inclusion of lean burn control
 offers further improved consumption in cruising mode versus comparable 4-strokes and reduced running costs for boat users.

 NMEA2000 compliancy allows
 the engine to communicate with
onboard marine electronics to deliver a wide-range of information to head-unit displays. When networked with a Garmin or Lowrance NMEA2000 device, for example, engine data such as speed, rpm, temperature, fuel usage and other data can be displayed on the unit’s screen.