Har­ley-David­son fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers’ am­bi­tion hailed

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - News -

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.

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