Dodge City 300

Dodge City 300

On July 4th, many chapter members made the journey to Dodge City to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Dodge City 300 flat track motorcycle races.  In the early 20th century there were many upstart motorcycle companies all across the country.  Harley-Davidson motorcycles did not fare well in the first running of the Dodge City 300.  However, William Harley and Walter Davidson were in attendance and realized that in order for their fledgling company to be successful they would need to take racing seriously.  They started their factory sponsored team led by Bill Ottaway that became known as the wrecking crew and they won every Dodge City 300 from 1915-1921.  The company's success and popularity today is thanks in large part to it's successes on the race tracks in those early years.  In fact, the name "HOGS" that we embrace today originally comes from the piglet mascot that the Harley-Davidson Racing team had in those early years.