On the back roads of Marion, Indiana, on September 7, 1920, the second annual Cornfield Classic: Marion’s International Motorcycle Race, was held just southwest of town. The event organizers utilized county roads to make a five mile race course, and the fine weather brought out a crowd of more than 15,000 people. The 200-mile international championship motorcycle race took approximately 3-hours to complete. The 1920 victor was Harley-Davidson rider Ray Weishaar, of Bridgeport, Conn. at a pace of 2:48:37, which was 17 minutes and 56 seconds under the time in which Red Parkhurst covered the distance the year prior in winning the race. Leonard Buckner, riding an Indian, was second, in 2:52:47, and Jim Davis, driving a Harley Davidson, was third, in 2:56:04. Weishaar, being the first across the finish line, was given a piglet, which he immediately made a victory lap with the little pig as a passenger. The Harley race team affectionately became known as the Hog Boys and the name HOG stuck marking Marion, Indiana on the map as the Home of the Hog.
The Indiana Motorcycle Preservation Society’s mission is to promote and preserve Indiana’s motorcycle history. Marion’s Cornfield Classic and tales of the Home of the Hog are shared across the globe including a special exhibit in Milwaukee at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Learn more below!