Harley-Davidson celebrates its 110th year
By Ammar Alvi | Published: 10th February 2013 12:00 AM |
Harley-Davidson kicked off its 110th anniversary celebrations in India as Creative Director of the company, Karen Davidson, joined more than 500 riders from across the country in Goa for India’s first National HOG Rally. Ammar Alvi has more.
It was a moment to celebrate as more than 500 Harley-Davidson owners roared on highways across the country to join an epic celebration in the heart of Goa to mark the first National HOG Rally in India. The rally also marked the beginning of a global year-long 110th anniversary celebration for Harley-Davidson. This occasion was graced by Karen Davidson, Creative Director for Harley-Davidson General Merchandise. Davidson is also the great-granddaughter of Harley-Davidson co-founder, William A Davidson, and daughter of Willie G Davidson, who recently retired after 49 years with the company and is now Harley-Davidson’s Chief Styling Officer Emeritus.
Commenting on her maiden visit to India and 110th anniversary celebration, Karen said, “I am thrilled to be here riding in Goa to mark the beginning of Harley-Davidson’s 110th year. It’s always a pleasure to meet and ride alongside Harley-Davidson owners, and the level of passion and enthusiasm among India’s HOG members is remarkable.”
The 110th anniversary is more than a singular event; it’s an epic celebration of freedom that unites each and every Harley-Davidson owner around the world and builds on the strength of the Harley community. According to Anoop Prakash, Managing Director, Harley-Davidson India, “It is with great pride that we welcome Karen Davidson to India for the 110th anniversary celebration and our first National HOG Rally. The rally marks a key milestone for leisure riding in India, with our customers riding in from across the nation to honor the bond they share with each other and the brand.”
During the event, Harley-Davidson India invited several HOG members who had clocked the most kilometers in 2012 from each of the eight HOG chapters to wear the Freedom Jacket. The jacket is adorned with emblems and patches from its journeys all over the world since August. After Goa, the jacket will travel to each of the remaining 110th year celebrations this year.