ChipBeck Posted April 20, 2009 Report Share Posted April 20, 2009 Gentlemen, In the late 1970s and all through the 1980s every single Harley-Davidson tested by the major motorcycle magazines was slammed. Too slow, too heavy, too unreliable, too leaky, too whatever. These wizards of the stat sheet weren't bright enough to recognize why most Americans purchased motorcycles. Year after year Harley-Davidson gained market share at the expense of those Japanese rivals that the motorcycle magazines told us were so superior. The editors could see a zero to 60 time and a quarter mile E.T., but they were blind to the history, heritage, character, and soul that defined Harley-Davidson and made its products so satisfying to the ever growing legions of the faithful who would ride nothing else. Harley-Davidson's success appeared to confuse and sometimes even aggravate the big egos of the motorcycle press. How could so many motorcyclists be so stupid? We've laid all of our brilliance out for them in the pages of our magazine and they're not bright enough to see it! But the faithful were not blind. They could see clearly those things that really mattered, their ranks swelled, and Harley Davidson became the largest selling large displacement motorcycle brand in the world. And so it is with the Ford Motor Company and its coveted Shelbys. A World Championship heritage, history, soul, and desire cannot be measured on a dyno or with a stopwatch. It cannot be felt by the seat of one's pants. The pride that wells up every morning when the garage lights go on and an owner views his very special Mustang that carries with it a racing heritage that stretches from Riverside to Le Mans's, is felt in an owner's heart. But a young kid trying to make a name for himself as a magazine writer is blind to all of this. These stopwatch and typewriter jockeys hurl what they believe is brilliant cynicism at the unwashed motoring masses. Surely, we will recognize their superior knowledge. But the collective wisdom and vision of American auto enthusiasts is even sharper and enables them to see that the writings of such pompous little editorial Emperors....have no clothes. Chip Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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