Harley-Davidson festival organisers’ ambition hailed
Organisers of the successful Harley-Davidson in the City Festival have been hailed for their work and vision to put Brechin and Angus on the map.
Poor weather failed to dampen the spirits of hundreds of enthusiasts at the Saturday ride-out who travelled from across the globe to be part of the annual celebration of the Angus burgh’s important connection to the famous marque through Davidson family roots in the area.
Angus Provost Ronnie Proctor said: “The organisers are letting people see what Brechin and Angus have to offer and what they are doing to make the event even better is absolutely fantastic.”
Angus Council leader Bob Myles and local MP Kirstene Hair also praised the group.
Mr Proctor said: “This has gone from small beginnings, but with a lot of vision and a tremendous amount of hard work it has turned into a hugely popular event.”
Edinburgh Harley-Davidson is firmly behind the festival and they brought a treat for visitors to enjoy in the shape of an immaculate 100-year-old motorcycle and sidecar combination.
Loaned by a private enthusiast for the Angus weekend, the 1917 Model J 1,000cc was an original UK machine before being used in the latter stages of the First World War by the US Army.
It later become a museum piece and is probably one of the finest early examples of the marque in existence in this country.
In its day, the performance and pedigree of the HarleyDavidson combination was reflected in a price tag several times that of the four-wheeled Model T Ford of the same era.