Robert Bowen
Robert Bowen Editor
2/7/18 2:12 p.m.

If you’re not too familiar with the Honda Z600, you’re in good company. The odd little front-wheel-drive hatchback was one of Honda’s first forays into the automotive market back in the early ’70s. Call it a toe in the water from a manufacturer who sold its very first car only a few short years earlier.

The Z600’s most noticeable design feature was a funky and thick black rubber molding that surrounded the small, radiused rear window. The black window and narrow grille gave the car a shoe-like appearance—and combined with its very un-American size, the car was more of a joke than a serious attempt by Honda at cracking into the American market.

Mike Haviland also knew little about the Z600, but he didn’t choose to turn one into an autocrosser based on its oddball looks. It was simply the shortest, narrowest car that fit the SCCA autocross rules for the class that he hoped to run.

A moderately successful road racer, Mike built the car simply because he wanted to try his hand at autocross. “Before this, I ran a Yamaha-powered D Sports road racer,” he explains. “I never autocrossed it, but I thought it would be fun.”

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dculberson
dculberson UltimaDork
2/7/18 3:05 p.m.

I’ve always loved this car. Hard to believe that article was almost 10 years ago I remember it from the magazine so clearly.

iwannarace
iwannarace New Reader
2/7/18 9:00 p.m.

This is the inspiration for my build. I just need to ge the z600 in the garage now...

loosecannon
loosecannon Dork
2/7/18 9:36 p.m.

I had the privilege of seeing this car run once, it looks spectacular. Rumor has it that the car has been sold off in pieces but I cannot confirm this.

freetors
freetors Reader
2/7/18 10:02 p.m.

Awesome looking car. Wish I could see it run!

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ UltraDork
2/8/18 6:33 a.m.

In reply to loosecannon :

I feel like I vaguely remember seeing the carbon bodywork for sale several years ago, but cannot confirm that.

759NRNG
759NRNG SuperDork
2/8/18 8:48 a.m.

Is there more of an in depth build on this here(GRM) .......similar to LooseC/NoCones efforts?

81cpcamaro
81cpcamaro Dork
2/8/18 10:08 a.m.

I've seen it run several times, looks like an absolute blast. It is dang small standing next to it. Fun seeing the driver climb in through the windshield, which was easier than the side window.

T.J.
T.J. MegaDork
2/8/18 10:33 a.m.

I absolutely drooled over the article when it came out. This is my favorite car of all the cars that have been in the magazine. Just utterly badass. Sad if it has been sold for parts. Even if it was not dominating B-MOD, it was still the coolest thing in the class.

pdmracing
pdmracing New Reader
2/8/18 3:58 p.m.

I had one during gas crisis When they were rationing gas & my ss396 was costing me more than my airman salary.  One day during the Iran crisis we stuffed 4 grown men into one & went of base for one last beer , On the way back @ 55 mph the lite turned red, barking was ok until nada we blew through a 4 lane light how we didn't get killed I never know whe it finally slowed down we got out & teh rotors were glowing bright red.    Another interesting tim was when a German shepard  just cam through the window at a red light. Who was I to say no

On day after many many breakdowns I just left it at the side of some road in VA

eclipse2lancer
eclipse2lancer New Reader
2/8/18 8:02 p.m.
loosecannon said:

I had the privilege of seeing this car run once, it looks spectacular. Rumor has it that the car has been sold off in pieces but I cannot confirm this.

I had the pleasure of competing in BMod at the 2017 Solo National Championships and met Mike. He was there with a new car, a converted NovaBlade (normally an F500 chassis used in FMod), which was being driven by Rich Grupp.

He did confirm this particular build in the article had been sold off for parts. 

Here is a pic of the NovaBlade in grid next to the orange LeGrand I was fortunate to be competing with... which happens to be the old GRM BMod project. The autocross world is a small one.

-Will Lahee

 

 

iwannarace
iwannarace New Reader
2/9/18 1:06 p.m.
eclipse2lancer said:
loosecannon said:

I had the privilege of seeing this car run once, it looks spectacular. Rumor has it that the car has been sold off in pieces but I cannot confirm this.

 

He did confirm this particular build in the article had been sold off for parts. 

That is tragic.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/9/18 1:16 p.m.

Yeah, we met up with the owners/builders at Solo Nats this year. Sad to hear that the "Honda" is gone. Pretty sure they said that they still have the body, though....

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