Harley-Davidson Roars Into Goodwood Festival of Speed
Two of the biggest names in motoring met as Harley-Davidson brought over 100 years of motorcycling heritage to the home of Lord March at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, United Kingdom in early July. Harley-Davidson Museum Vice President Bill Davidson, the great-grandson of one of the original founders, visited the festival for the first time to meet with Harley-Davidson customers and motor sport fans at one of the biggest automotive festivals in the world.
This year, Harley-Davidson increased its presence at Goodwood, traditionally home to automobiles, as classic motorcycles from Harley-Davidson's past such as a 1928 model Peashooter and a 1914 Silent Grey Fellow were displayed alongside models from the current 2011 range, including the new Blackline and V-Rod Muscle.
Davidson, riding a Harley-Davidson Street Glide, led a group of riders through the English countryside, turning the heads of car and motorcycle fans alike. Formula One racing driver and Harley owner Jenson Button met with Davidson in the driver's enclosure, taking the opportunity to talk about his other passion prior to focusing on the upcoming British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
One of the Festival of Speeds principle attractions is the ride up the legendary Goodwood hill, which sees famous names from racing's past and present on both cars and motorcycles speeding up the 1.16-mile course in the grounds of Goodwood. Some of the iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycles to take part this year included the 1978 XLCR Cafe Racer and a 2011 XR1200X Trophy Series racing motorcycle.
"It's great to see the passion of bike fans enjoying this unique event," Davidson said. "Seeing fans of all ages lining up to sit on our motorcycles makes us extremely proud at the Motor Company. This is my first visit to The Goodwood Festival of Speed and it has been a phenomenal experience."
H.O.G. Members Log 4.376 Million Miles Worldwide on Million Mile Monday
On Monday, June 27, Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) riders from more than 70 countries rode together to log 4,376,470 riding miles during the club's annual Million Mile Monday ride. Established as an event in 2008, this year marks the third consecutive year that members of H.O.G., the Official Riding Club of Harley-Davidson Motor Company, surpassed the 4 million mile milestone. Many rides were organized by H.O.G.'s 1,400 worldwide chapters, including a ride organized by members of the New York Stock Exchange that was featured on Fox Business News.
For more information about H.O.G. or Million Mile Monday, visit hog.com.
Cardboard Harley-Davidson Boat Wins Glen Ellyn Regatta
Jim Craig of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, built this Harley-Davidson Road King replica cardboard boat in his garage to compete in the Glen Ellyn Cardboard Boat Regatta July 4. The 21-foot-long boat, constructed entirely of cardboard, stands 9-feet tall, weighs about 200 pounds (1,500 pounds with eight-man crew), took over 200 hours to build, and contains about 12 gallons of wood glue. The project was a resounding success, as Jim and crew won the Fastest Time and Best in Show awards at the Glen Ellyn Cardboard Boat Regatta.
"I named our boat 'Made in USA' since Harley-Davidson is a great American brand," Jim said. "The boat was a big hit, a recognizable motorcycle to many of the 4,000 people who came to the regatta."
Here's a link to a video of the boat in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHpgwywKmjM
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