Exactly one week after Ralph Adams won the Grand Prize 1939 Knucklehead from the WTTM annual raffle he and his wife Denise claimed his prize, and rode it!
Dale, Ralph , Denise, the Prize and the WTTM crew share the exciting moment.
All the stars lined up. He bought his tickets in June, his new trailer in July, prayed in August, Sept, and Oct. Then on November 14th he got the call and picked up his beauty seven days later.
Dale and Ralph with the “Winning Ticket” on delivery day.
Ralph was instructed by museum founder Dale Walksler on the details of starting and riding the glorious 39 Knuck. Ralph took to it like a duck to water. Both hands on the bars, then one hand. Before you knew it he was shifting on the tank, clutching with the foot, and having the time of his life.
Ralph and Denise visit WTTM each year on their annual ride in the Smokies and each year Ralph gets a hand full of raffle tickets and his WTTM merchandise.
Ralph on his first ride. Please notice the smile as Ralph rides the 39 Knuck with ease.
Just goes to show you that anyone can win- AND YOU CAN TOO!!!
STAY TUNED IN FOR DETAILS ON THE 2016 MACHINE. There are some great surprises soon to be seen on both Ralph’s win and the 2016 machine on the History channel… coming soon
2017? Well that one is also moving ahead. Stay tuned in for details and Time Machine Videos on this build.
Present at the 13th annual toy run were two former Winners. Left James Eldridge , St Louis MO. Winner of the 1932 custom VL bobber. Right Randy Horn and his 1939 Custom Knucklehead bobber. Both machines are painted by John Dills and hand lettered/striped by Mark Peters
Today, Saturday November 14, 2015 will be a day not to be forgotten. Especially for the winner of the Wheels Through Time Museum annual raffle. This year’s winner is Ralph Adams of Sykesville, MD. Ralph had an interesting story to tell after he recovered from the shocking call he received from museum founder Dale Walksler.
Bob White and John Gustufson roll out the 1939 grand prize! this custom machine was built by renown builder Wendell Turner. The bike is next heading to its new owner Ralph Adams of Sykesville, MD. The bike will be gone but you will soon be seeing more of these characters on our new television series on the History Channel, coming soon.
Our yearly raffle is held in conjunction with the Haywood County toy run. This year over 800 motorcyclists participated in the 20 mile ride ending at the WTTM. A great BBQ dinner was prepared by the toy run organization. Door prizes galore and a 50/50 drawing that would knock your socks off, but the 1939 Harley Davidson custom knucklehead was the big prize.
Many people ask how our raffle works. It is simple to explain. This year’s raffle picker was Amber. She is handing the WINNING ticket to Alynn, who in turn hands it to Dale Walksler .
Now for Ralph and his story. For the past four years Ralph and his wife Denise have visited the museum on their annual trek to ride the Smokies. Each year Ralph has contributed to the museum raffle, usually buying the 14 ticket package for one hundred dollars. Denise has been enjoying her official WTTM shirt she received with her raffle tickets and Ralph is regularly seen sporting his WTTM merchandise as well. This is where the story gets fun.
Dale announces the WINNER to the crowd!
Today Ralph went motorcycle shopping. He was in the market for a used Harley to compliment his 2006 Harley Electra glide. He found a 1986 Evo super glide on Craigslist called the owner and “made a deal.” When he got to the owner’s house the owner raised the price, which was a deal breaker for Ralph. He thought to himself, “Maybe I will win the raffle.” He went home very disappointed. Within 1 hour, yes 1 hour, he got the call. HE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A huge congratulations to Ralph and Denise. Your gonna love that 1939 Harley.