Welcome to the Indiana Motorcycle Preservation Society (IMPS) – a passionate community united by the love of motorcycles and the rich heritage they hold in the Hoosier state. Established with a vision to preserve, showcase, and celebrate Indiana’s motorcycle history, IMPS is dedicated to ensuring that the remarkable stories and contributions of motorcyclists throughout the ages are cherished and passed on to future generations.
Our mission is rooted in creating an immersive experience that takes you on a journey through Indiana’s motorcycle culture, from its early beginnings to the present day. We believe that motorcycles hold a unique place in the heart of Hoosiers, and we aim to honor the deep connection between riders, their machines, and the roads they’ve traveled.
IMPS is driven by a diverse group of individuals, from passionate enthusiasts and collectors to historians and community members who all share a common goal – to preserve and share the rich tapestry of Indiana’s motorcycle history. Together, we are writing the next chapter in the story of motorcycles in the Hoosier state, and we invite you to be a part of this exciting journey.
Join us in celebrating the pioneers, the legends, and the everyday riders who have shaped the motorcycle culture in Indiana. Discover the heritage, embrace the spirit, and ride with us as we honor Indiana’s Rich Motorcycle History.
Discovery Sparks a Decade-Long Motorcycle Rally
Step into the thrilling world of motorcycles and the fascinating history of Marion, Indiana. It all started in 2010 when Pat Mitchell, an avid reader and researcher, stumbled upon a remarkable story while searching for local moto history to decorate his motorcycle accessories and custom seat shop, Ride & Leather. This discovery led him to share the tale with the world, and soon enough, the captivating story of Marion’s “Hog” heritage spread like wildfire.
Marion: The Ultimate Moto Destination
The story goes back to the early 1900s when Glen Scott, the owner of the local Harley-Davidson shop, dreamt of promoting Marion as the ultimate destination for motorcycle enthusiasts. His pursuit led to the hosting of the International Championship Motorcycle Race in 1919 and 1920.
The Hog Boys & johnnie
The winner of the 1920 race, Ray Weishaar, received a special gift from a local farmer—a small hog. This tiny creature named Johnnie became the Harley-Davidson team’s mascot, and soon the team was known as the “Hog Boys.” The association of Harley-Davidson motorcycles with hogs spread far and wide, leading to the establishment of HOG (Harley Owners Group) chapters worldwide, and solidifying Marion, Indiana as the “Home of the Hog.”
Celebrating the 90th adoption anniversary of the "Hog"
Fast forward to 2010, Marion celebrated the 90th adoption anniversary of the “Hog” by creating the commemorative celebration, “Hog Daze Night.” The event quickly grew into the “Hog Daze Motorcycle Rally and Music Festival,” an annual weekend celebration filled with live music, food, assorted vendors, and a motorcycle ride.
Evolution of Hog Daze and indiana's motorcycle past
Over the years, the event evolved, and in 2015, the Indiana Motorcycle Preservation Society (IMPS) was born. A group of dedicated volunteers ensured the long-term sustainability of the event and served as a hub and connector of Indiana’s thrilling motorcycle past.
Acknowledging Indiana's Rich Motorcycle history
Inspired by Marion’s captivating Hog tale, IMPS embarked on a mission to preserve and share more motorcycle stories from Indiana’s rich heritage. Under the leadership of Pat Mitchell, the organization successfully rebranded the event as the “Cornfield Classic,” a celebration that puts Marion’s unique story front and center.
center of indiana's moto history
As the story unfolds, IMPS continues to collect and preserve motorcycle memories from photo albums, basements, and the Historical Center of Marion’s archives. With each passing year, the Cornfield Classic and IMPS proudly keep the spirit of Marion’s “Hog” heritage alive, inviting all to join in celebrating the thrilling history of Indiana’s motorcycle culture.
At the heart of our organization are four passionate individuals committed to community awareness campaigning, with a focus on celebrating the vibrant motorcycle history of Indiana. We take pride in implementing projects that captivate attention, raise awareness, and inspire action within the community. Read more about our board members below.
Who is Jake Simpkins?
Jake Simpkins is a dedicated individual serving as the Training Officer at Converse Volunteer Fire Company and holding the position of Vice President at the Town of Converse Planning and Zoning Board. Simpkins serves as the President of the Indiana Motorcycle Preservation Society. Hailing from Marion and raised in Gas City, Indiana, he is a proud graduate of Mississinewa High School. Beyond his civic responsibilities, Jake is an enthusiastic supporter of the Cubs and Colts, and he takes great pride in his passion for motorcycles and his Hoosier heritage.
Who is Roger Tappan?
Roger Tappan, a proud native of Grant County, dedicated four years of service in the army as a cook before returning to Jonesboro after retiring. For more than two decades, he has passionately served as a DJ, karaoke host, and emcee for “Tappan That Sound” entertainment. Beyond his music pursuits, Roger has leveraged his expertise as an information technology technician in diverse companies. Notably, he is an active volunteer for numerous local organizations, generously offering his time and skills to support Indiana Motorcycle Preservation Society, Marion Civic Theatre, Main Street Marion, and Marion Public Library. Roger Tappan serves as the Vice President of the Indiana Motorcycle Preservation Society.
Who is Loretta Tappan?
Loretta Tappan, originally from Anniston, Alabama, found a home in Jonesboro, Indiana, with her lifelong partner on a 2.5-acre ranch-style property. Loretta serves as the secretary and treasurer of the Indiana Motorcycle Preservation Society. Professionally, she works in diverse roles such as organizational workflow systems, communications, writing, web development, and marketing. Music is also another passion in her life, as she actively works with her husband as a DJ, playlist curator, and emcee for their venture “Tappan That Sound.”
If you have a story to contribute about motorcycling or motorcycle racing in Indiana, we encourage you to use our Contact Form to share your information.
If you’re ready to be part of the IMPS Network and support our mission, please visit our Membership Page. As we venture forward, we wish you clear skies, smooth roads, and delightful surprises around each corner! Ride on!