The WARTHOGS Motorcycle Club was established on May 8, 2001, in Detroit, Michigan. The founding members of this club consist of active and retired city and federal Law Enforcement Officers that were formerly members of the Wild Pigs Motorcycle Club established in California in 1987. Due to a legal war regarding rights to ownership of name and logo by a private enterprise, the national membership of the WPMC was forced to disband or become a franchise of R&R Enterprises. These options led to the division of the original Wild Pigs into several different Public Safety Motorcycle Clubs.
Having reviewed the options of joining one of the new clubs formed, or beginning a fresh start, the Detroit Chapter of the original Wild Pigs concluded that we did not want to be “Iron” and we did not want to be “Pigs”. So a new club was formed. We hold no grudge or animosity to anyone for the past and would like to thank R&R Enterprises, because if not for them, we would not have evolved from pigs to WARTHOGS.
We are a non-profit organization that supports “ALL” Public Safety and Military Motorcycle Clubs and will respect the colors they wear. The WARTHOGS offer with open arms the ability for past Wild Pigs to become WARTHOGS. We are not affiliated with Harley Davidson or any other motorcycle company. However, in support of American-made motorcycles, we require our members to own and operate a V-twin motorcycle manufactured by a North American Owned company.
Our logo signifies what we, as former Wild Pigs, represent today as a result of the legal battle. The skull signifies a wild pig stripped of his hide (colors) being raised from the ashes of the “War of the Pigs” by the mythical Phoenix (the emblem of immortality), only to reappear as that of a WARTHOG’S skull – a larger, stronger, meaner, ass-kicking Phacochoerus aethiopicus than the North American wild pig. Above the skull is proudly displayed the Law Enforcement Shield and Star accompanied by the Firefighters Cross.