The only thing higher than morale at the Harley-Davidson® Euro
Festival was the attendance figure, with more than 12,000 paying attendees,
all celebrating 30 fantastic years of the Harley Owners Group.
The picturesque resort of Grimaud once again welcomed thousands of Harley®
enthusiasts from around the world,greeting them with clear blue skies,
glorious sunshine and above all else, a party-ready atmosphere. Amid the
palm trees, festival goers were able to find a number of restaurants, bars,
merchandise stalls and of course incredible bikes, prompting a high uptake
of H-D® Demo Rides and Jumpstart experiences.
With the days activities at an end, you could be forgiven for thinking that
a relaxing evening would be on the cards, but with a nothing short of
amazing musical line-up, there would be no time for sleep! Regular Harley
favourites including The Affray, The Bogus Brothers and Elvis with his TCE
band were joined by huge household names, Suzi Quatro and Status Quo. Both
acts saw thousands-strong crowds getting into the party spirit and joining
as one to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of H.O.G.® in style.
Friday afternoon, the stakes were high as Grimaud Village came alive with
the rich sound of Harley engines climbing up into the hills to compete in
the Custom Bike Show. With more than 100 entries, over 10 categories, the
good-natured competitiveness was tangible. H.O.G.’s very own Jeremy Pick
presented awards to all the deserving winners and runners up, with a
beautiful custom creation from Graffi Bike Concept claiming Best in Show.
Having recovered after the excitement of the Custom Bike Show, Saturday saw
riders once again ride as one in the Chapter Parade of Flags, celebrating
the unity of the Harley-Davidson family, as well as the spirit of freedom
that the brand evokes. Following the usual route, the parade poured out from
Port Grimaud, taking in Saint-Tropez, Grimaud Village and Cogolin before
finally returning to site. The glorious weather encouraged thousands of
spectators to come and cheer, while looking on in admiration at the bikes,
Chapter camaraderie and vibrant colours.
As the sun set on another incredible Eurofestival, all heads turned to look
across the Mediterranean to Rome in anticipation of the 110th anniversary
Harley-Davidson® would like to thank the authorities and residents of
Grimaud, Golfe de St-Tropez and the staff of the Prairies de la Mer site
for once again welcoming and supporting the Euro Festival.