Why are we Called H.O.G.®'s?
As origin stories go this one is no different, the term “H.O.G.®” some say came from a group of Harley-Davidson® riders very much like you, a person with a passion for adventurous, a free-spirit and above all, the love freedom one only gets on the open road.
It seems that back in 1920, a team of farm boys, that included Ray Weishaar, (see Photo), whom would later became known as the “H.O.G.® boys,” consistently won races. The group had a H.O.G.®, or pig as their mascot. Following a win, they would put the pig (a real one) on the back of their Harley® and take a victory lap.
Harley® Owners Group was officially created in 1983 as a way to build longer-lasting, as well as stronger relationships between Harley® Dealers and their customers. Today H.O.G.® members, number over one million strong, making it the largest factory-sponsored riding club in the world.
Un-Officially our founder Mr. P. (Phil) Peterson, back in 1974, saw a need of like minded people to come together and ride to events, I guess you could say that He (Mr.P) started the very first H.O.G.® group, which helped fuel his love and life long passion for motorcycling.