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Old 23 Nov 2018, 21:11 (Ref:3865311)   #16
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Honda was the rumoured at the time. Honda switched from MSD to Prodrive the same year that 888 got the Vauxhall gig.
It was definitely Honda, Warwick detailed that in an interview some time back!
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Old 24 Nov 2018, 09:48 (Ref:3865428)   #17
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I never realised their name was based on the hope of a Japanese
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Old 24 Nov 2018, 15:59 (Ref:3865468)   #18
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I remember reading in John Tipler's Touring Cars book that Warwick and Cleland were rumoured for a Honda drive in 97
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Old 25 Nov 2018, 18:54 (Ref:3865810)   #19
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Thanks for the insight, would have been an interesting future, had things panned out differently, just imagine...
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Old 26 Nov 2018, 01:49 (Ref:3865919)   #20
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It was definitely Honda, Warwick detailed that in an interview some time back!
As did Roland Dane.

Hard to imagine where Mr Cleland would have gone. You'd have to assume wherever Vauxhall ended up.
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Old 26 Nov 2018, 09:42 (Ref:3865992)   #21
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From an interview with Dane:



After his early efforts in motorcycle racing, Dane switched to cars and — with retired F1 racer Derek Warwick as one of his partners — jumped into the BTCC with an outfit that would become the official Vauxhall (the British cousin of Holden) team.


“When we started Triple Eight in England in the mid-1990s we needed a name to do the presentation to Honda, because that was the first target though Derek’s connections as a dealer.


“We needed a name which wasn’t same-same, something racing, and that people would remember. Given all the business I’d done in Asia, in Hong Kong and Singapore, I knew eight is lucky and triple eight is three times as lucky.”
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