Top 12 dynamic duos
We all need a partner in crime, a best friend, a buddy we can lean on in good times and bad. From Honda to Hollywood and everywhere in between, here’s our list of the very best dynamic duos, ever.
01 Matt Neal and Dan Cammish
Matt Neal has been tearing up the BTCC track with Honda since 2010 and took the championship the following year, winning seven of the 30 races and clinching victory in the final race day of the season. This year he’s joined at Halfords Yuasa Racing by 28-year-old Dan Cammish, who pilots the second Honda Civic Type R. “[I] can’t wait to get behind the wheel and try out the Honda Civic Type R first hand,” said Cammish when his arrival was announced. “You know they develop quick, well handling cars and I’m sure it will suit my style of driving.”
02 Batman and Robin
The original dynamic duo made their debut in April 1940 with the first appearance of Batman’s young sidekick Robin in Detective Comics #38. But the crime-fighting pair have taken several forms since then, from George Clooney and Chris O’Donnell – and a Honda Batbike, of course – in Batman & Robin to Will Arnett and Michael Cera in The Lego Batman Movie. But, for the definitive portrayal of the caped crusaders, it’s hard to beat Adam West and Burt Ward in the ‘60s TV version, speeding back to the Batcave after dishing out some THWACKs and KAPOWs.
03 Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa
The Honda Repsol dream team do everything together: racing lawn mowers, skydiving, teaching maths, even working at petrol stations. But where they really excel, is at MotoGP. Pedrosa, Márquez and the Championship-winning Honda Fireblade have proved to be perfect stablemates, with Pedrosa joining the 25-year-old four-time world champion Márquez on every single one of his victories. Vamos!
04 Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield
Charisma, style, Royales with Cheese… Pulp Fiction’s leading (hit)men had it all. Well, almost all, anyway. It was their costar Butch, played by Bruce Willis, who had something the pair could never even dream of. We are, of course, talking about one of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite directorial trademarks: the 1980 Civic SL, which appears in Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Death Proof and even Kill Bill: Volume 2.
05 Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna
Prost was the seasoned Frenchman nearing the end of his career. Senna, the Brazilian upstart who was becoming a legend in his own right. Former rivals, they came together to race for McLaren-Honda at the start of the 1988 Formula One season. Powered by Honda engines, they enjoyed a period of dominance in the sport that’s recognised as a golden era to this day. But that’s only part of the story... Read the rest here.
06 Marty McFly and Dr Emmett “Doc” Brown
Back to the Future’s quip-cracking, time-travelling duo are the stuff of silver-screen legend. But even more famous than the pair themselves is their car, the DeLorean DMC-12, which also appears in Steven Spielberg’s latest film, Ready Player One. DeLorean still hasn’t released a production version of the time-travelling car (typical), but thanks to Honda you can now get your hands on the next best thing: an ultra-high-tech NSX, featuring a hybrid powertrain, twin-turbo V6 engine and nine-speed dual clutch transmission. (Flux capacitor not included.)
07 Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley
The drivers behind the wheel of the Honda-powered Toro Rosso are embarking on their first full Formula One season this year, but they’re already owners of pretty impressive CVs. Twenty-two-year-old Frenchman Pierre Gasly was the 2016 GP2 Series champion and runner-up in the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series and the 2017 Super Formula Championship, while 28-year-old Kiwi Brendon Hartley won the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2015 and 2017, as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. As the season gathers pace, we’ll be rooting for them!
08 Thelma and Louise
After battling bad guys and law enforcers, Thelma and Louise’s luck finally ran out in one of the most iconic endings in silver-screen history. But – spoiler alert! – by driving off the edge of the Grand Canyon to avoid spending the rest of their lives in jail, they ensure their friendship lasts forever. Which is nice. Still, they would’ve stood a much better chance of escaping had they been driving a Type R. (Just saying.)
09 Mike Hailwood and Tom Phillis
Only two years after making its debut at the Isle of Man TT, Honda didn’t just win the race – it dominated it. In 1961, British rider Mike Hailwood sped to victory in the Lightweight TT 250cc class. And just behind him was teammate, Australian Tom Phillis. In fact, Honda riders managed a clean sweep of the entire top five. Fast forward to 2018 and the mantle has been taken up by Ian Hutchinson and Lee Johnston, who will be aiming for more of the same at the TT this May on the Honda Fireblade SP2.
10 Tango and Cash
Lethal Weapon, Turner & Hooch, Bad Boys – in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, buddy-cop movies were coming thick and fast. So, to be the name that defines the genre, you had to go some. And that’s exactly what Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell did. Rival LA detectives Ray Tango and Gabe Cash were thrown together after they were framed for a murder. The rest, as they say, is history. Fun fact: the film features several Honda classics, including a pristine 1976 Accord and a 1982 Civic ST.
11 Dan Linfoot and Jason O’Halloran
After ending the 2017 BSB season on a high, the racing pair are hoping their all-new Fireblades will carry them even further up the standings in 2018. Dan Linfoot is entering his fourth consecutive year with Honda, while it will be Jason O’Halloran’s 11th (his eighth with Honda UK). Judging by this clip, O’Halloran’s looking good to improve on his fifth-place finish from last year, while Linfoot has already got a podium position under his belt with a solid third-place finish in the opening round at Donington Park.
12 Jake Nicholls and Josiah Natzke
It’s a new pairing for Buildbase Honda this year. Jake Nicholls, 27, has retired from MXGB following a rotten run of injuries, but is one of the big favourites on the domestic circuit as he targets the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship and Michelin MX Nationals MX1 titles on a CRF450R. His teammate, 18-year-old Kiwi Josiah Natzke, is almost a decade his junior, but is no less ambitious about his season in MX2, where he’ll be riding a CRF250R. “The goal is to win,” he said. Simples.