Growing Up Harley-Davidson: Memoirs of a Motorcycle Dynasty by Jean Davidson soon to be presented for sale on the inspired BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: St. Paul: Motorbooks, 2001, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Black & white drawings; Portrait to the frontispiece;
From the cover: Here is the inside story of Harley-Davidson as only one of the Davidson family could tell it!
Motorcycles have been a way of life for Jean Davidson. Her grandfather was Walter Davidson, one of the four founders and the first president of Harley-Davidson. Her father was company vice president Gordon Davidson. And Jean herself was a Harley-Davidson dealer, rubbing elbows with all the Harleys and Davidsons as well as the Hells Angels and Outlaws, famous racers, and Evel Knievel.
This is the history of Harley-Davidson motorcycles no one else knew until now! Here is the fairy-tale story of how four boys built their first motorcycle in a shed; how a slippery-handed maid stole all the companys earnings from the coffee can that served as their bank”; and how a hermit uncle donated his lifes savings to resurrect the company and set it on the path to becoming the worlds most famous motorcycle maker.
Here is the inside scoop on behind-the-board-room-door politics and corporate battles, the unknown history of the first Knucklehead and Sportster, the secret friendship with arch-rival Indian motorcycles, and more. Here are family stories and rare photos from the family album that no one else has seen before.
This memoir of a motorcycling dynasty fills in many holes in this great American success story, corrects numerous misconceptions, and adds new tales to fuel the myth behind one of the worlds great pop culture icons the Harley-Davidson motorcycle!
Introduction by: Arthur Haley Davidson
Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Matching Pictorial boards. 272 pages. Index. 8¼” x 5½”.