Chrysler Has Purchased The Old Harley-Davidson Test Track In Florida for $7 Million. The six-mile-long track on the edge of the Everglades has been sitting mainly silent since Harley’s decision four years ago to consolidate its hot-weather testing at a Kingman, Ariz., facility. Before Harley purchased the racetrack for $6.5 million from Collier Enterprises Ltd., in 2002, Ford Motor Co. leased the track to test its own vehicles. Harley put the 531-acre property up for sale in 2011, asking $7.5 million.
Looking For Motorcycle Shop Manager Who Wants To Get Famous on TV. Bunim/Murray productions, the producers of “The Real World,” “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “Project Runway”are doing a casting to select a male motorcycle shop operation manager. The successful candidate must be in his mid 30’s, have a edgy look and personality, tattoos welcome. Applicants must send a professional work history and 3 headshots. Casting ends April 29.
International Powersports Dealer Expo Total Attendance Was Down 27%. The Dealer Expo in Indianapolis (last Feb. 15-17) had a total attendance of 10904 (exhibitors, buyers and allied industry trade professionals), down approximately 27% from last year which pretty accurately reflects the 36% decrease in US dealers across the country since 2009. According to show management at parent company Advanstar Communications, Inc., verified attendees totaled 5,452, with approximately 3,700 verified as traditional franchised and independent retailer buyers. The Motorcycle Industry Council estimates that sales of motorcycles, scooters and ATVs in the U.S. market decreased by 54 percent in 2012 compared to the market’s peak five years ago. “It seems logical to assume that if you have 54% fewer unit sales and 36% fewer dealers, you’re also going to have fewer vendors as well,” noted industry veteran and Dealernews contributing editor Mike Vaughan.
Harley-Davidson To Release First Quarter 2013 Financial Results. Results will be announced before market hours on April 25, 2013. The public is invited to attend an audio webcast with Keith Wandell, chairman, president and CEO, and John Olin, senior vice president and chief financial officer from 9 to 10 a.m. April 25. Downloadable slide presentation will also be available as support to the webcast. Webcast participants should log on and register at least ten minutes prior to the start time at this website. A replay of the audio webcast will be available approximately two hours after the call concludes.