We are all saddened when we hear another industry business closing its doors. Even more in this case because I have known its owners during so many years. After the tragic death of Clifton Baldwin (1954-2008) known by us as Click Baldwin in a motorcycle accident in Montana, his wife Diane kept the Carolina dealership open during 2 years.
But on October 15 after entering into an agreement with Harley-Davidson to retire one of the largest dealerships on the US East Coast. she will close the business in Gastonia that her husband created 22 years ago. The loss of Click Baldwin was a personal and professional loss and Diane had difficulties dealing alone with the slow down in Harley motorcycle sales.
At time of prosperity, the dealership had up to 75 employees. Last Saturday Diane Baldwin met with the current 33 employees to announce her decision. Then, her plans will focus on selling the building and sorting through the museum housed inside Carolina Harley-Davidson and containing many of her late husband historic vintage and classic motorcycles (it includes a 1914 Harley-Davidson Model 10-B a.k.a Silent Grey Fellow.) The Baldwin’s were more than a very large Harley-Davidson Dealership. They had a passion for custom motorcycles, had a department to build them, and were extremely active in sponsoring numerous local, regional and national charity events. I understand that the dealership will not be replaced. My best wishes to Diane Baldwin and her employees.