Failure is the mother of success! The Legend Of Dad Yoshimura Vol.9


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During the lunchtime of “YOSHIMURA” in the United States (Simi Valley era), the curry rice made by Nao Mama (Nao Yoshimura) was popular not only by Japanese employees but also by Americans. God’s wife often cooks and entertains everyone, and guests who have a good relationship with Yoshimura’s father also praise her for her excellent craftsmanship.

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1972 ~ 1975 Starting Over: New Base “YOSHIMURA R & D OF AMERICA”

YOSHIMURA, who has finally entered the American dream for a long time, has a bright future like the American Dream. “YOSHIMURA RACING”, established in Simi Valley near Los Angeles in late 1972, challenged the speed limit on the Daytona International Circuit in March of the following year (1973) (set numerous world records with Z1), and won the production level at Isle of Man TT in June Winning, challenging the world record in the Bonneville Speed ​​Race in August (7 new world records), winning the top spots in the Bol d’or 24 hour endurance race (cars with YOSHIMURA Z1 engine), etc. Quite brilliant.

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Just as the father of Tongyicun and Fujio Yoshimura hoped, not only in the United States, YOSHIMURA let the world know the power of the engine modified by YOSHIMURA.

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yh901 ▲ The protagonist of the era changed from HONDA CB750 FOUR to KAWASAKI’s Z1, Z1 Dedicated collecting pipes are also very popular. YOSHIMURA has introduced two special Z1 collecting pipes-manual bending and machining (both with muffler plugs).

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However, the actual situation of the new American company is exactly the opposite. The Americans Dale Alexander and Starr Thompson, who run the partnership, waste all the money earned from their business success on luxury enjoyments such as luxury cars, and hesitated to pay Japan’s YOSHIMURA.

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At that time, they adopted a business model that first produced exhaust pipes, cams, pistons and other accessories at the Yoshimura Competition Motors factory in Japan, and then exported these parts to the United States. Yoshimura’s parent daughter, Yoshimura Nankaiko, who works as an accountant in Japan, often asks Yoshimura’s father for the fact that Dale Alexander did not give money, and desperately collects money when Dale Alexander visits Japan.

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Parts are sold and then parts are produced all the time, so YOSHIMURA spends a lot of raw materials and outsourcing costs. Naturally, it is impossible to not pay the money. Father Yoshimura also knows these issues that Yoshimura Nanhaizi said, but father Yoshimura still thinks “YOSHIMURA RACING is my Company, the problem will improve as soon as I get to the United States, “he also told Dale Alexander that as long as he got to the United States, he would have to account for all the outstanding money.

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yh0902 ▲ Keihin CR is indispensable for YOSHIMURA’s ideal conversion The carburetor is shipped from Japan to the United States with high-performance parts made by our company, such as the exhaust manifold, high camshaft, and enlarged piston.

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Yoshimura Nankaiko and her husband Mori threatened. Originally, they were skeptical of these two Americans and thought they were very strange. Because of this idea, Yoshimura Nankaiko owed money to his partner in the United States and did not pay. The confrontation was fierce in the incident, and finally Yoshimura’s father even blurted out the words “Get out of me!” The two of them left Akikawa a few days later, and temporarily settled in Kobe. Moriwaki also found construction-related jobs.

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However, after all, what they wanted to do most was motorcycle and modification work, so they moved to Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture on the proposal of Yoshimura Nankaiko, and set up “Moriwaki Engineering” in September 1973.

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One of the intentions of setting up Moriwaki Engineering is to hope for a breath in front of Yoshimura’s father who drove himself out. On the other hand, he also hopes that if there is any problem with Yoshimura’s father and the new company, it can be a retreat. Moriwaki said to Yoshimura Nankaiko, “I prepared a place for my dad to come back and work.”

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On September 30, 1973, Yoshimura’s eldest daughter, Yoshimura Nankaiko, and her husband Moriwaki were separated from Yoshimura’s father, and Moriwaki Engineering was established in Suzuka City. Moriwaki is more than just an excellent racer and knight. He also has a unique idea of ​​modification, combining theoretical ideas and soft sensibility starting from the object itself.

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Yoshimura Nankaiko once mentioned that “my husband and my father have completely different ideas. Even if that doesn’t happen, he will leave sooner or later.” Especially in the frame, Moriwaki has his own unique theory and method. .

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After the Yoshimura Nankaizis left, the Yoshimura father sold the Akikawa factory. It was decided in January 1974 to sell the plot of land where the factory was located and sold in March. When Dad Yoshimura was finally going to the United States, Dad Yoshimura vomited blood to the ground in front of the Yoshimura Nanhaizi couple who came from Suzuka City to receive the factory machine. Yoshimura has suffered from high blood pressure from the past, so he came from a tracheal cough and bleeding. Fortunately, it was not a cerebrovascular rupture. After staying in the hospital for a month, Yoshimura’s father recovered smoothly.

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In fact, after Dad Yoshimura decided to move to the United States, he tried to ask the couple’s wishes to return to take over the Akigawa factory, but was rejected on the grounds that their new company in Suzuka City had just been established. In May 1975, Dad Yoshimura was in Accompanied by his wife Naomi Yoshimura and several technicians, he went to the United States.

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From the Yoshimura Motors in Misaki, the nest of the wild goose in Fukuoka prefecture, to the Yoshimura Competition Motor in Akikawa, Fussa, Tokyo, Japan’s YOSHIMURA is all over at this moment. Yoshimura’s father decided to go back to the water and bet everything on American YOSHIMURA RACING.

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In fact, when they arrived in the United States, the situation was worse than they thought. The American partners not only did not intend to pay the Japanese side, they even advocated that the warehouse was full of all the parts sent from Japan.

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They said arrogantly, “You only need to make parts, and you are not allowed to intervene in the management and management!” Father Yoshimura and Fujio Yoshimura let the third party intervene, although the third party in the United States also acknowledged Yoshimura’s father. But the final court decision was that the third party’s intervention was invalid, and the ownership of the company remained at 50 to 50 as before; in other words, the father of Yoshimura had occupied the company by the partner.

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“This company rewards you! But, I will definitely return.” Father Yoshimura said directly to the two American partners. The cost of the lawsuit is about 20,000 US dollars, and the processing machines brought from Japan will cost more than 20 million yen. In addition, the completed parts and the name of “YOSHIMURA” will disappear overnight.

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According to the exchange rate at that time, one US dollar was about 300 yen, so 20,000 US dollars was 6 million yen, and 20 million yen was the consumer price index after deducting the residential services announced by the Bank of Japan (referring to the value of services provided by residential houses). If calculated, it is about 1.8 times, so it is more than 36 million yen.

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In other words, Dad Yoshimura was robbed of huge sums of money, reputation, and the name YOSHIMURA. On January 3, 1975, Father Yoshimura and his wife Nao Yoshimura left the United States, which had entrusted their dreams, and returned to Japan.

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yh0904 ▲ After the marriage of Yoshimura’s second daughter, Yumiko Yoshimura, and Masato Kato, In July 1974, “YOSHIMURA Parts Line Kato” was founded. Although it is a parts line, it just starts from the apartment and a small warehouse where they live. Since Kato Seihei has other jobs, it is managed by Yoshimura Yumiko (Shimogano, Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture).

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In February 1975, after renting an 8 tatami (12.96 square meter) shop, they moved the parts store to a new place (Motomachi, Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture). And this parts shop is actually the predecessor of YOSHIMURA JAPAN (Aika-cho, Ako-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture).

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The above photo was taken after moving to Motomachi. From the left are Kato Masaaki, Kato Kenichi (former YOSHIMURA Specialist, Kato Yoppa’s uncle), Yoshimura Yumiko, and Kato Masako and Yumiko’s eldest son Kato Yohei (now coach of Yoshimura Team) ), Technician Oya Koichi. After that, the parts company moved to Yamashita, Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture.

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With the full assistance of Moriwaki in Suzuka, Japan, and Yoshimura’s second daughter Yumiko Yoshimura, together with her husband, Kato, in July 1974, in the “YOSHIMURA Spare Parts Kato” set up in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yoshimura’s father came back.

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Moriwaki is responsible for making the manual bending collection tube, and the general mechanical bending processing tube is outsourced. Yoshimura Nankaiko tried not to place orders from the “enemy” side, but instead turned to Japanese parts manufacturers for assistance. The technical negotiation of cam processing factory brand, piston factory brand, HONDA and KAWASAKI motorcycle brand (starting with raw OEM cam raw materials, etc.) is the responsibility of Moriwaki.

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Daddy Yoshimura also signed a contract with Moriwaki this time. All exhaust pipes made in Moriwaki have paid royalties to Daddy Yoshimura. The signing of the contract is not only because of the introspection made after the company was robbed, but also that even fathers, daughters and family members must abide by each other’s work and rights. These funds have also become an important force to rebuild YOSHIMURA, and this time also runs Things started to flow smoothly.

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In the United States, Japan, Europe, and even the southern hemisphere, there has been an unprecedented motorcycle boom. Dad Yoshimura worked hard every night to make parts. Part of the parts were sent to David Dixon (Dixon Racing) in the UK and Ross Hannah in Australia, both of whom are very impartial and supporters of Yoshimura, Orthodox YOSHIMURA and Moriwaki.

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yh0905 ▲ The British agent Dixon Racing is a supporter of YOSHIMURA, so After the U.S. company was robbed, it still continued to sell orthodox YOSHIMURA parts in Europe. The photo above was taken in front of that store. The picture shows Fuji Yoshimura and the Z1 equipped with YOSHIMURA tanks and manifolds.

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On the other hand, because of the existence of YOSHIMURA’s enemy “YOSHIMURA RACING” in the United States, it is difficult for orthodox YOSHIMURA to sell parts in the United States. Although Fujikoshi Yoshimura who stayed in the United States tried hard to find a buyer, it was not very smooth.

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Yoshimura Hideo went to the United States for another person in April 1975, but at this time there was a big problem, that is, he could not use the Japanese katakana “ヨ シ ム ラ” (because the trademark has been registered), so the new orthodox Yoshimura company had to “YOSHIMURA R & D OF AMERICA” using English letters.

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And this company is the company that has been commonly known as “US YOSHIMURA” until now. On June 1, 1975, the new YOSHIMURA re-launched in North Hollywood outside Los Angeles.

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yh0906-389x510 ▲ The April 1974 issue of the motorcycle magazine” Cycle World “reported on the cover of the YOSHIMURA Z1, which achieved 11 in 1/4 mile acceleration Record of seconds.

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Although it was the era of “YOSHIMURA RACING” at that time, those parts were made by the hands of Father Yoshimura and Fujio Yoshimura. Because the United States has a four-round “Hot Rod” modification culture, its understanding and values ​​of high-performance parts are completely different from Japan, so it is possible to correctly evaluate YOSHIMURA.

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After that, parts produced in Japan began to be sold in the United States, coupled with the amazing popularity of KAWASAKI Z1, and orders for manifolds, cams, pistons, CR carburetors, etc. rushed in. Dale Alexander and others would naturally want to get in the way, and they made Yoshimura Fujio’s work permit invalid, forcing him to return to Japan.

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Although Dale Alexander later changed the company name to Dale Star Engineering, it soon went bankrupt. In addition, the court also ruled that they smuggled YOSHIMURA parts from Japan to the United States in other words (in other words, they used their own aircraft to ship and did not pay customs duties).

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In addition, Yoshimura Fujio, who was waiting for the opportunity while manufacturing parts in Japan, successfully obtained a new visa and went to the United States in November 1976.

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During this incident, the United States also set off a movement that changed the motorcycle industry later, that is, the start of the supercar championship, a production car race based on commercial motorcycles. The central character of the event is naturally the new YOSHIMURA.

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yh0907-661x510 ▲ The hand of God who is undergoing renovation work. Although Father Yoshimura’s work looks very rough at first glance, in fact, he has long been important to important places. They all have a firm mind, so he usually deals with it at first, and then carefully adjusts it, so that he can make the best parts in a short time.

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Whether it’s in Simi Valley, or Moriwaki, which was founded after regret to return to China, or North Hollywood, where it’s coming again, Dad Yoshimura stands in front of all employees and works silently. (Daddy Yoshimura at these points in time Already over 50 years old).

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