McLaren Honda’s Jenson Button makes a Swindon pit stop

By Anita Jaynes on July 7, 2016

McLaren Honda racing driver Jenson Button made a pit stop in Swindon today to meet employees at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM).

Arriving on site in a Swindon-built Civic Type R, Jenson was invited on a tour of the engine and car assembly plants. He later met 25 competition winners who won tickets to attend the Grand Prix on Sunday, thanks to an internal Formula One promotion for employees.

Synchro Motorsport, the factory’s in-house racing team, took the opportunity to showcase their Civic Type R race car and recent silverware collection. The team compete in Britcar’s Dunlop Endurance Championship and the Creventic 24H series and are made up entirely of volunteers from the workforce.

Jason Smith, Director of HUM, said: “We were delighted to welcome Jenson to the factory today – he was able to see the team hard at work and it created a real buzz among the workforce. It was a great opportunity for us to showcase what we do here and to wish him luck ahead of the British Grand Prix this weekend.”

Established in 1985, Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd is Honda’s flagship production facility in Europe and employs over 3,500 associates working across production and business support roles.