Road repairs ahead of pilgrimage by bikers
Harley-davidson enthusiasts can expect a smooth journey to founding family’s cottage after MSP intervenes
A politician’s campaign to repair a section of the A90 to “biker-friendly” standard has been successful.
Parts of the route between Dundee and Aberdeen are notorious among motorcyclists because of the number of potholes.
North East Conservative MSP Liam Kerr asked the transport secretary to start urgent work on a particularly bad section, three miles between the A935 and B966 turnoffs.
The Scottish Conservative announced the success during a visit to the iconic Netherton Cottage nearby.
The former family home of Harleydavidson co-founder William C Davidson will be visited by more than a thousand bikers on a pilgrimage in July.
Mr Kerr said: “Transport Scotland have responded to my calls for significant maintenance works along this section of the A90.
“And it’s going to be just in time for the Harley-davidson in the City event, which is one of the biggest annual events in Brechin and indeed Angus.
“I would hate for motorcycle enthusiasts to visit the area and be struck at how potentially dangerous the
“I would hate for bikers to visit the area and be struck how potentially dangerous the main road is for them. I’d like to thank the agency and transport secretary for looking into the problem promptly. LIAM KERR MSP
main road is for them. I’d like to thank the agency and transport secretary for promptly looking into the problem.”
The now restored Netherton Cottage, a few miles east of town, was home to Alexander (Sandy) and Margaret Davidson, whose grandsons founded the Harley-davidson company after the family emigrated to the US in the mid-19th Century.
Local historians restored the cottage and it now serves as a place of pilgrimage for bike fanatics year round.
Alexander (Sandy) Davidson was the wright at Netherton Smiddy (blacksmith’s shop), where he lived in the two-bedroom smiddy cottage with his wife, Margaret, their six children and two workers.
It was from this cottage that Sandy and Margaret travelled to their new life in Wisconsin, USA. There, one of their sons, William C, met and married another Scot, Margaret Mcfarlane, from Stirlingshire.
Three of their children, Arthur, Walter and William, along with Englishman Bill Harley, became the founders of the Harley-davidson Motor Company.
The Harley Davidson in the City event on July 13 will celebrate the town’s connection to the Davidson family.
A ride-out will start from Brechin Castle at noon and pass through the centre of Brechin before doing a tour of the surrounding countryside and returning to Brechin via Aberlemno and Netherton Cottage. Once the circuit is completed the bikes will descend on Brechin and be parked up in the centre.
Live music, entertainment and trade stands will be provided for bikers, locals and visitors alike.
Liam Kerr MSP, left, with Mike Sinclair one of the enthusiasts who helped to restore Netherton Cottage near Brechin, the family home of the Davidson family, co-founders of Harley-davidson.