Graham and Mr Gotoh and one of the first Jimnys from 1970
We talked for about half an hour and I explained our journey so far and that we were raising money for Save the Children and Oakhaven Hospice. I assured them that the Suzuki Jimnys had performed very well on tracks where most people were driving much bigger 4x4s, and that they had come through their ordeal with only minor problems considering the conditions they had to content with.
One of the first open top Jimnys from 1972
I was given a tour of the Suzuki museum, which records the history of the Suzuki company from its beginnings when Mr Michio Suzuki started making weaving machines in 1909, through to 1952, when they started putting engines into pedal cycles up to the present day.
One of Mr Suzuki's early weaving machines
The museum also showed the manufacturing process of a modern Suzuki car, which was very interesting.
Cut away example of a modern Suzuki
The manufacture of the basic components was shown in a 3D cinema.
Me in the 3D cinema
The film included making steel sheet, pressing the steel sheets into body panels, welding the panels together to form the complete body, casting the engine block and components and moulding the plastic bumpers. After the film, the assembly track was shown as a series of full size working models of the various processes involved, until the complete car went into final testing and quality control.
A display of the way plastics are moulded and the end result is a model Suzuki
Me saying goodbye to Mr Gotoh
Our next blog in a few days will reveal the new Stage Four Itinerary so watch out for that.