And the winners are………

Congratulations to Bear King on winning the 1946 Knucklehead!  We know you will give this machine a great home!

11-bearanddale     It was without a doubt a day worth waiting for.  Not only did we unveil the 2017 Raffle Bike, we also held the Raffle in a new part of the museum and a record 3 out of 4 of the winners were present at the time of the drawing.  The excitement and energy in the building was unmatched by any previous raffle event we’ve hosted in the past!

Our Grand prize winner was Bear King of Charlotte, North Carolina.  He’s been coming to museum since it opened in 2001 and it was his 13th time entering into the WTT Raffle and this year was finally his to claim.  Bear had purchased tickets a few times through out the year and also purchased another 7 tickets when he arrived that morning at 9:00am!  Upon his ticket being drawn, he was speechless and it was in fact another person who yelled out “He’s here!” before he spoke up or came forward. Frantically everyone turned and looked to their left and right.  Just moments later, Bear stepped forward from the side of the stage and raised his hand.  We had our winner! The look on the face of the life long motorcycle rider and enthusiast was priceless.  Moments later Bear was sitting on his new ’46 Knucklehead.  We knew he wouldn’t have any problems with the bike when he started it on the first kick!   His picture will be added to the Raffle Winner Wall and he is picking his Knucklehead up on Tuesday!  Congratulations Bear!

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Our 2nd Prize Winner was John Sapienza of Hubbard, Ohio!  John was present for the raffle as well.  John rode is Sportster all the way from Ohio to attend the WTT Raffle.   He screamed down from the mezzanine and the crowd went wild!  He made his way down stairs and to the center stage.  He was so out of breath from excitement he could hardly talk!  When he finally caught his breath the one of the first thing he said is “All (Gasping) 10 Grand is going (gasping) towards a new bike!”.  We couldn’t be happier for you John! Congratulations Mr. Sapienza!

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Our 3rd Prize Winner was Frank Coy of Toledo, Ohio!  Frank wasn’t present for the raffle but we managed to get him on the telephone.  Rick visited the museum in July and and only bought 7 tickets – 1 of which was the one that earned him $5,000.  Congratulations Frank!

New to the WTT Raffle is The Angel Drawing.  It’s a $4,000 prize split 50/50 between the AngelMan Foundation and the Raffle Winner.  The winner of the the Angel Drawing was Linda Perkle from Toccoa Georgia!  who also happened to be present at the drawing!  Congratulations Linda!  Natalie Crump carefully pulled the ticket the year as her parents Ricky and Lisa Crump proudly watched.  It was a special moment to say the least!

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What a day…

We would sincerely like to thank all of our supporters who attended the museum this year and all of the years that have past.  Thank You Jim Dohms for from Dohms Creative Photography for donating several pieces of incredible art to the Raffle as well!  In addition we would like to thank all our fans who have told friends about the Wheels Through Time and especially to the ones who have  made a special trip to see it every day!.  If you are one of the people who visit the Museum year after year and enter in to the Raffle Drawing, please consider supporting Wheels Through Time by purchasing a Lifetime Donorship. You can visit our website to find out more! the-gang

Thank You for supporting The Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum!

History In The Making…

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2016 Raffle Bike

Building a motorcycle in front of a world audience is a rare opportunity and winning a 1946 stunning Harley Davidson motorcycle is even more rare than that.  Saturday, November 12 at 2:00pm – that is what is going to happen. AND MORE, A lot more.

For instance,  A 10 Thousand Dollar Second Prize Drawing, A Five Thousand Dollar Third Prize Drawing, and lastly A Special “ANGEL” Surprise Drawing. Giveaway door prizes will take place on the hour.   For the first time at Wheels Through Time, there will also be a live panel discussion from 10:00am to 12:00pm with the American Restoration Team as well as Artist and Pin-striper Mark Peters and Painter John Dills from Dill Paintworks.wheel-through-time

In years past the Haywood County Toy Run has graced the grounds on the Raffle Day, but this year the run has changed its finish location. The event will be held inside The Wheels Through Time Museum.  Free refreshments will be available from 10:00am to 3:00pm on the Museum grounds for everyone, however admission may be limited for a short time during the raffle.

Here is the schedule of events for Raffle Day.

9:00am – Museum opens for general admission

10:00am – Free Refreshments Available

12:00pm – We are excited to announce a new museum membership opportunity with an artful twist. You don’t want to pass this one up!

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1:00pm – The 2017 Raffle Bike will be unveiled! This magnificent machine is the latest from the restoration shop at Wheels Through Time, and will surely make a BIG impression on everyone.  On site ticket sales will close at 1:00pm sharp! All subsequent ticket sales will be on the NEW CROWN JEWEL!

2:00pm – The series of prize drawings will take place in the following order:
1. A special prize will be drawn from a special drum- details on raffle day
2. Third Place Prize – $5,000
3. Second Place Prize – $10,000
4. The Grand Prize – A 1946 Harley Davidson FL Knucklehead OR $25,000

Each of the Events and Drawings will be Live on Facebook so tune in to see if you are a winner!  Upon each drawn ticket, we will attempt to call the winner.

It was a group effort to build the ’46 Harley and our group of Wheels Through Time friends reached out again and made this one our most successful yet!  We continue to strive to give our visitors the most for their investment and promise that each and every visit will be a memorable event.  Whether you visit us in person, browse the website, or learn it all from Dale’s Channel, we promise to bring you back to a mechanical time of wonder.

Thank You For Your Continued Support,
Dale and Wheels Through Time Staff

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American-Restoration-BannerAmerican History and Restoration have always been in the life’s blood of museum founder Dale Walksler. It’s no surprise to us that this combination would eventually find its way into your home. Coming your way January 1st, 2016 Dale Walksler and the Wheels Through Time Museum will be featured in the hit reality TV show “American Restoration” on the History Channel.

ARlogo1The new American Restoration will feature Dale Walksler  and his crew.  They bring two-wheeled American History back  to life. Dale and crew will share the screen with 4 other shops, each bringing their unique talent to the show.  Filming this adventure started in July of 2015 and continued through the year, keeping Dale busy behind the museum scene restoring and bringing back to like some of Americas rarest two-wheeled treasures.

Dale however in not the only “star” on the show.  Always eager  Asheville, N.C. resident, John Gustafson, is the McGuyver like mechanic that can fix anything. Bob White A.K.A “quail” currently serves on the museum board of directors and holds up many of the historical aspects of the restorations on the new show.

John, Dale & Bob on set in the museum for American Restoration.

John, Dale & Bob on set in the museum for American Restoration.

Of course television is nothing new at the museum . Discovery/ Velocity hit it off with Dale and crew in its 2 year run of “What’s In The Barn” and Mike and Frank of “American Pickers” have always trusted Dale for his knowledge and expertise.

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2016 will be an exciting world at Wheels Through Time in  Maggie Valley, NC. Be sure to drop in and share the excitement, fascination, and history.

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