The Dodge City 300 Returns!

| 1/9/2014 9:43:00 AM

Dodge City 300

The Dodge City 300 Centennial, July 1-6, 2014, celebrates one of the most significant and historic motorcycle events in America. On July 4, 1914, Dodge City, Kansas, hosted a major international motorcycle race. The list of competitors reads like a Who's Who of motorcycling. The race is known throughout the world motorcycling community and it served as the kick-off for the Harley-Davidson motorcycle racing division, a group that came to dominate motorcycle racing for many years to come.

The Dodge City 300, Inc. has formed as a non-profit entity to host the celebration. Some of the planned events include: 

  • Short Track motorcycle race promoted by Crooked Creek Promotions of Little Rock, Ark.
  • Sand Drags
  • Kansas Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home
  • Historic Motorcycle Displays.
  • Blues Bands
  • Peoples Choice Classic, Vintage, Antique and Custom and Classic Motorcycle Shows
  • A selection of Single Day Gypsy Tours
  • Motorcycles and Art Juried Art Show
  • Symposium on Early Motorcycle Racing History
  • Motorcycle Field Events (amateur)
  • Motorcycle Vendors, Dealers, apparel & gear
  • Historic marker dedication - original track site
  • Motorcyclists fun, fellowship, camaraderie and much more 

The celebration takes place in the historic old west city of Dodge City, Kansas, on the 100th anniversary of the race - an event that more than tripled the local population. More information may be found on the organization's website at:

A Little Dodge City 300 History

July 4, 1914, saw the wild west town of Dodge City, Kansas, hosting what may have been one of the most significant motorcycle races in history. A two-mile oval track was laid out just northeast of Dodge City with sanctioning by the FAM (Federation of American Motorcyclists) which was the forerunner of today's American Motorcyclists Association (AMA) - the governing body of motorcycle competition. The major manufacturers of the day showed up with Hendee Manufacturing Indian motorcycles of Springfield, Massachusetts, entered as a factory team. Also competing were Thor, Pope, Harley-Davidson, Excelsior, and Flying Merkel. The race was won by Glenn "Slivers" Boyd on the big 8-valve Indian with Bill Brier second on a Thor and Carl Goudy third on an Excelsior.