The Labor Day race at Marion was important to the sport of motorcycling. It not only marked the return of competition, but also signaled an end to the wartime moderation that had overshadowed life in the preceding years. Even the local paper got into the action: “The Saturday and Sunday issues were almost completely given to the road race. All other news took a back seat.” Racing was back, and Harley-Davidson was already in the lead.
In 1920, the second year of the Classic, Harley-Davidson’s “Wrecking Crew” dominated for the second year in a row. Wins at high-profile races helped the Motor Company by showing off the superiority of the Milwaukee-made machines and spurring sales in dealerships. After the 1920 race Ray is photographed holding “Piggy,” the team mascot. The image of Ray and the pig is thought by some to be the first use of the word “Hog” to refer to a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.