By Magen McCrarey
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Over 1,000 “hog” owners are expected to ride into Laurel County next year for the 2013 Kentucky Harley-Owners Group Rally, in the midst of the 110th Anniversary of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles.
The spokes have spoken for themselves and as London Mayor Troy Rudder said, “the Wildcat Harley-Davidson dealership has been a huge asset to our community.”
“This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase Laurel County and all the tourist opportunities we have in this market,” said Shane Richmond, general manager of Wildcat Harley-Davidson.Richmond worked with a team of government, London-Laurel County Tourist Commission and City of Corbin officials to help H.O.G. leaders aim the rally to take place in London. The three-day event will feature bike shows, concerts, fireworks, contests, special rides, vendor fairs and many other activities.
“It’s very hard to get the H.O.G. rally in your area if you don’t have a big draw,” said Brad Hacker, manager of parts and service at Wildcat Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, adding, “it’s going to bring a whole lot of revenue to our area for that week.”
Hacker said being picked is an honor and it’s because of the shop’s southern hospitality with a laid-back country store interior.”
It’s the only thing that’s different that you can’t get anywhere else--good country people who know how to treat other people,” he said.
In addition, Wildcat Harley-Davidson was recognized for the third year in a row for excellence in powersports with the 2012 Dealernews Top 100 Award. The motorcycle store and service shop is located directly off of East Hal Rogers Parkway in London and can be contacted by calling 606-862-5656.”
Our vision is to create a memorable experience for our guests with our beautiful surroundings and southern hospitality,” Richmond said.