Harley Roars into UK Goodwood Festival

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 Café Racer and a 2011 XR1200X Trophy Series racing motorcycle.

Bill Davidson says: "It’s great to see the passion of bike fans enjoying this unique event. 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."

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