This weekend is personally special for me as the annual All-British Field Meet sets up Saturday at VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver.
Austin Healey, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, is the featured marque.
As some readers may know, my father Don Hutchins bought a new Austin Healey in the early '60s, and upon hearing the 1966 model would be the last, ordered one of those, too. Thecar arrived shortly before my baby brother Jeff, and we kept them both. READ ON
2013 Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Celebrations
Thousands of motorcyclists gathered in Mexico City on Saturday, May 11, to celebrate the 110th Anniversary of Harley Davidson.
Part of a global celebration taking place on six continents throughout the entire year, Mexico City’s motorcycle parade, which was open to anyone who owned a motorbike, had more than 5,000 participants, making it the largest parade of its kind for the destination. READ ON
Harley-Davidson may be a quintessentially American brand, but that doesn't mean it's not beloved around the world.
On Monday, about 1,000 motorcycle enthusiasts from all over China traveled to Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province. READ ON
MILWAUKEE, May 2, 2013
MILWAUKEE, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Throughout 2013, millions of Harley-Davidson fans around the world are celebrating their shared passion for freedom, self-expression, adventure, and the stories that unite them during Harley-Davidson's 110th Anniversary year. This Cinco de Mayo, thousands of Harlistas are gearing up for official 110th Anniversary celebrations by taking to the open road, seeking adventure, camaraderie and the achievement of the American Dream.
Latino Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders have been proudly calling themselves Harlistas for more than 50 years. The wordHarlista has deep historic and cultural roots, originating among Latino motorcycle riders to proclaim their strong passion for Harley-Davidson and the bonds shared between fellow riders. Being a Harlista is about overcoming obstacles, grabbing life by the handlebars and experiencing the camaraderie of the open road.
This shared passion has made Harley-Davidson the number one seller of new on-street motorcycles (all displacements) among Hispanics in the U.S. in 2012, the 5th straight year that Harley has achieved this distinction. In addition, nearly half of all new street motorcycles purchased in 2012 by Latinos age 35+ in the U.S. were from Harley-Davidson.
"For Harlistas, it's about achieving the American Dream, and owning a Harley-Davidson motorcycle is a powerful symbol of that achievement," said Roger Garcia, Director of Hispanic Marketing Outreach at Harley-Davidson. "We're thrilled that Harley-Davidson can fulfill this dream for so many Harlistas."
Harley-Davidson's commitment to Latinos includes the company's sponsorship of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®(UFC), whose fans include many U.S. Latinos. The world's most famous motorcycle maker is a core sponsor of the UFC, and Latino standouts Cain Velasquez and Kelvin Gastelum are proud Harlistas.
Two-time and current UFC heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez is a Mexican-American who rides a Harley-Davidson 2013 Road Glide® Custom, which he takes on road trips around his Bay Area home when he's not in training.
A Harlista was born when Kelvin Gastelum, son of Mexican immigrants, won the most recent The Ultimate Fighter® reality show, winning a split division as a middleweight. He came away with a UFC contract, but most impressively, a brand new Harley-Davidson 2013 Softail® Fat Boy®.
The dedication and pride of Harlistas like Velasquez and Gastelum will be featured through exclusive content on Harley-Davidson's Harlistas website, an online community where Latino Harley-Davidson riders can share their personal stories, photos and videos of their life on the open road. For more information on Harlistas, visit www.harley-davidson.com/harlistas.
About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley- Davidson's website at www.harley-davidson.com.
Abelardo de la Pena Jr.
Harley-Davidson Motor Company
SOURCE Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Web Site: http://www.harley-davidson.com/harlistas