Chapter History

It all started in early 1986…a few friends crammed into the back room of an Allen Park dealership to talk about forming a Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) chapter. By the time they went their separate ways that day, a Director, Secretary, Road Captain and Run Coordinators had been chosen for what would become the MotorCity H.O.G. Chapter.

The first meeting was held on April 19, 1986; at that meeting, the chapter signed up its first 29 members. The reason behind establishing the group was simple: to bring together Harley owners who wanted to ride. Back then (same as now), you needed to be a National H.O.G. Member; annual dues started out at $10 for the Motor City chapter.

As the years progressed, the chapter’s membership steadily increased. From its humble beginnings in the back room of that dealership, MotorCity H.O.G. has moved its meeting location 7 times. From Allen Park to the American Legion Hall on Middlebelt (which the chapter quickly outgrew)…a short stint at The Copper Door Lounge, then on to the Token Lounge on Joy Road. The next location was Mr. Sports at Inkster and I-96, then another move to the Tom Dooley K of C on Inkster. Next was the Joy Manor Banquet Hall and, finally, in February of 2014, we moved to Drakeshire Lanes, our current home.

While the chapter was experiencing significant growth every year, so was MotorCity Harley-Davidson. From its first location in Allen Park, then Westland and finally at its current location in Farmington Hills, owner Tom Celani has built the organization into one of the premier Harley-Davidson dealerships in the country.

The MotorCity H.O.G. Chapter is proudly known as a “Riding Chapter” and has grown into one of the largest H.O.G. groups in the United States, thanks to its dedicated and committed members. In addition to our numerous riding events, we also support a number of charitable causes throughout the year.

30¬†years later, our reason for establishing the chapter hasn’t changed: to bring Harley owners together to ride. And along the way, deep friendships developed and members have been there for each other through thick and thin.

We bought our bikes to ride, and we do, but this group has evolved into so much more than just a bunch of guys and gals that enjoy riding together. Join us and find out for yourself.

MotorCity H.O.G Chapter #2368
February, 2016