It’s a catchy phrase, and while it’s a little saccharine it still has a ring of truth….
I’m admittedly a HUGE Honda nut, even when I’m not driving or working on one you’ll usually find me online and seeking Honda related info or media. I’ve spent many years online perusing all the various Honda-related forums and websites I could find, all in the name of seeking advice or just simply out of personal interest. At these sites I’ve crossed paths with people from all walks of life, people of various ages, backgrounds and financial statuses. I’ve seen everything from younger people with their first early model trying to troubleshoot and fix things on the cheap, to old-school mechanics who’ve been working on Hondas for ages. The one thing they’ve all had in common was that for the most part they were all nice people, something which can seem to be a rarity in these days of online conversations between anonymous parties and consequence-free rudeness to strangers.
One of the nicest Honda fans I’ve met is the founder of this site…To be honest I don’t remember on what site Nathan and I initially crossed paths, or even exactly what our first conversations were about but no doubt it was probably one of the many forum sites out there. Anyhow not only did he take it upon himself to help a fellow Honda fan by sending me some much needed spare parts, but he did it at his own expense.You don’t often meet people like that but needless to say I am still grateful to this day.
Over the last few months we’ve continued our communication with each other on a fairly regular basis and have shared our seeming obsession with all things Honda, especially everything old school. We’ve become pretty good friends despite the fact we that we live on opposite sides of the country. I suppose it’s the same for most car nuts who are fixated on a particular brand….other people who feel the exact same way are hard to find, and the friends you have who don’t share your enthusiasm are usually puzzled or annoyed at your refusal to talk about anything else! Being 1st and 2nd gen owners ourselves we both feel (As apparently many others do) that some of Honda’s coolest models are the earliest ones, and that most 1st and 2nd Gens just don’t get the “Love” that they deserve.
So, when Nathan asked me to help out on the Honda Roots Facebook page I jumped at the chance. It was a great opportunity to find like minded individuals from around the world, but it also served as an outlet for our obsession. Surprisingly, it was only matter of time before the page had risen above 1000 likes. There are more fans out there than we realized!
Spurred on by the page’s success he decided to take the next logical step and here it is! When he asked me for help on this page as well, I couldn’t refuse the chance. I’ll tell you openly that I’m new to the experience of running a web page but thankfully Nathan’s experience with such things exceeds mine and I have full confidence he can keep things “In order”. He’s the pilot but I don’t mind being a co-pilot at all.
When it comes to writing you can ask any of my friends and they’ll tell you I am nothing if not verbose (In other words I never shut up), so I will attempt to bring as much to the table as I can in terms of content. We look forward to reader input as well, we do what we can but without the help of others we can’t possibly cover everything we should. No doubt we will reach out to those willing to help the cause and contribute in their own way. I am certain that over the coming weeks and months we will evolve to suit the needs of our page members, and we will be able to streamline and change things as we see fit. In the meantime I personally intend to put forth restoration and how-to articles, technical breakdowns (How it works) and also personal interest and historical pieces. If it has to do with Old school Honda, we want to cover it.
So whatever the format may be, I look forward to seeing where this celebration of everything Old School takes us. We may run into a few bumps and troubles along the way. Please bear with us through it all.
It will be an interesting ride, and though we may run into a few hiccups from time to time, just like any old Honda I know we’ll keep on running!