Hot Rod Harley Davidson offers a big dose of history ... and a bit of cornhole

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– Photos by Cynthia Price

By Cynthia Price

At first, the spacious, super-clean showroom at Hot Rod Harley Davidson looks like it contains only Harley motorcycles and Harley-themed merchandise (a lot of it), but a closer
look indicates that there is a healthy dose of Muskegon motorcycle history on the walls and tucked elsewhere.

That is probably for two reasons: current owner Dr. Mark Campbell is a complete biker enthusiast; and original owner Dan Raymond was an incredible influence on the motorcycle industry here and across the U.S.

Raymond and his brother started the dealership in 1919, at its original location on Ottawa Street. Not too long after that, Dan Raymond founded the Muskegon Motorcycle Club and the Mt. Garfield Hill Climb was born. That hill climb has always drawn national competitors, and even in 1923, when the club bought the Mt. Garfield site, there were 3,000 spectators. After a hiatus during the Depression of the 1930s, the hill climb became a national model.

In addition to old hill climb and motorcycle club photos, Dr. Campbell has a signed one of a 2008 visit by Willie G. Davidson, the grandson of one of the original Harley Davidson
owners, and Bill Davidson, Willie G’s son.

Hot Rod Harley Davidson hosts numerous community events. Last week there was a cornhole tournament in the basement (not outdoors as it will be at the Feb. 1 Snowfest). On Jan. 25, they will hold a chili cook-off from 12:00-2:00, their 13th annual.

To learn more, visit www.hotrod.com and click on “Event calendar” under the Resource pull-down. While there, you can sign up to receive texts of promotions and rewards.

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