About IMPS

The Indiana Motorcycle Preservation Society (IMPS) is a nonprofit organization created with the purpose of celebrating and promoting Indiana’s motorcycle history.

While the Hog Daze Motorcycle Rally first took place in 2009, IMPS formed in 2015 to continue the commemorative event and share more of Indiana’s unique claim to fame in motorcycle history. This rally is a three-day event that highlights motorcycles and motorcycle racing in Indiana. Events at this rally include a motorcycle race, historical exhibitions, bands, bike shows, field events, contests and awards, and vendor booths. It is primarily through this rally that IMPS attains its goal of commemorating and celebrating the rich history of motorcycles in Indiana.

Board Members

Motorcycle Racing Returns to Post-War America

In 1919, excited fans and racers flocked to Marion, Indiana to witness a 200-mile international road race that promised to be the greatest event of its kind. Motorcycle riders came from every part of the country and at least fifteen thousand spectators cheered them on.

Harley Davidson is a Favored Contender

The Harley-Davidson people sent sixteen men from their factory who actually took part in the race. This number included six to eight riders, several pitmen and a team manager.

Heroes of Harley Davidson

Indian Brings an International Champion

With the entry of Percy Coleman, on the Indian team, the race assumed an international aspect, as Coleman was the reigning motorcycle champion of New Zealand.

Excelsior Rounds Out the Big Three

The Excelsior Company, along with their local dealer in Marion, jumped on board and sent four entries to the race.

Bigger Crowds In Attendance for the 2nd Annual Cornfield Classic

For the second consecutive time the Harley-Davidson wins the Marion 200-mile “Cornfield Classic”. It only took 2 hours 48 minutes and 37 and 12-100ths seconds, to establish Harley Davidson as the world’s top motorcycle manufacturer.

Marion Economy Grows as a Result of the Race

The influx of people was so great that special committees were appointed to secure accomodations at hotels, lodging houses, and even private residences. Restaurants welcomed thousands of visitors and entertainment apart from the race was provided. Civil War veterans of the local National Soldiers’ Home were given rides in sidecars on the race course.

Home of the Hog

But the most historic moment of 1920 came after the race. Earlier that day, Harley-Davidson’s Ray Weishaar adopted a piglet from a local farm and kept it close by. The first thing he asked after winning the race was “where’s my pig?” and to this day Harley Davidson motorcycles are still referred to as “hogs.”

Preserving Motorcycle History

Keeping alive the stories and vibrant history of motorcycle racing in Indiana is the mission of Indiana Motorcycle Preservation Society (IMPS). Founded in 2015, by a group of enthusiasts, IMPS sponsors the annual Hog Daze Motorcycle Rally and other motorcycle-related events in an effort to educate the public on the role cyclists played on the culture and history of the area and celebrate the communities that have long welcomed motorcycle riders in Indiana.