Shoichiro Irimajiri to Former ICOA National Director Clint Hooper, 1987
After assuming the mantle of ICOA National Director in April 1986, one of Clint Hooper's earliest and profoundest acts of leadership to uplift the spirit of the club was to confer ICOA membership upon Shoichiro Irimajiri, chief of development for the CBX, veteran of the fabled victorious Honda Grand Prix engineering team of the 1960's, and a Honda legend. At the time, Mr. Irimajiri was President of Honda of America. Here is Mr. Irimajiri's gracious acknowledgement of the honor, which appeared in the Spring 1987 pages of the CBXPress. Of great interest, Mr. Irimajiri confirms that at least some 1980 CBX's, perhaps those assembled with a VIN dated within the calendar year 1980, were produced in Marysville, Ohio.
Shoichiro Irimajiri to ICOA Mid-Atlantic Director Mike Brown, 1990
Mid-Atlantic Director Mike Brown invited Mr. Irimajiri, by then Executive Vice President of Honda, to attend the 1990 North/South Rally. Mr. Irimajiri replied with this wonderful letter. He was very proud of his work for Honda, from the racing effort in the Sixties, which included the amazing RC-165 250-Six and a FIVE cylinder 125 cc racer, to the Mighty CBX. After Soichiro Honda died in 1991, the corporate climate apparently did not entirely suit the imaginative Mr. Irimajiri's bent of mind. Shoichiro Irimajiri is now the Chairman of Sega.