“It’s important because it taps into the culture of heritage, nostalgia and freedom of expression, things that are close to our purpose in the world,” he says.
“The custom culture is also amazing with the brilliant rods, customs and motorcycles that come in for the weekend. Customisation is in Harley’s DNA so from that point of view it’s a no-brainer.”
Surprisingly, the Harley stand will feature a caravan! but no ordinary caravan.
“It’s the H-D Airstream caravan, built by Airstream who are known for their hand-built, aluminium creations that pepper American high and byways in particular,” DT says. “It’s a place in the H-D zone to relax for a bit along the way and while ours is near new, it’s a massive throwback to the Airstream trailers you saw hauled by big-finned chrome wonder cars back in the day.”
What is it about the ’50s and ’60s that inspires DT?
“That’s a tough one to pin down; the cars (I’ve always been a fan of American iron), the bikes (Panhead Harley’s of course), the music, the outfits (yes, the hair!),” he says.
“Mostly the cars though. I was brought up on the smell of welding, metal filings, grease, paint and there’s nothing prettier on earth than the car designs out of Detroit during the ’50s and ’60s. That’s my opinion at least!”
The Harley stand will showcase its entire 2016 range and will have an Iron 883 and Street Glide Special at its jump-start experience where even non-riders can let out the clutch on a big Harley.
The Screaming Eagles band will also play at the H-D stand from 12-2pm on Sunday, June 12.