2017 Season – New Bikes, New Exhibits, New Fun!

Happy New Year and thank you to all of our friends, supporters, and enthusiasts!   Visitors from every state and over 50 countries around the world who made a trip to Wheels Through Time in Maggie Valley, North Carolina in the 2016 season.  2017 promises to be an exciting year for the museum, its supporters, and enthusiasts.  For those that have never visited the Wheels Through Time, we guarantee an experience beyond your expectations.  Currently the museum team members are gearing up for the 2017 season, with new displays, exhibits, and some exciting external improvements.  Dale is restoring and rebuilding over a dozen intriguing motorcycles which will all debut in the various museum galleries in the 2017 season.

 

After the 2016 season of American Restoration featured The Wheels Through Time, not only did awareness of the Wheels Through Time rapidly grow, but the desire to learn about American motorcycle restoration also expanded all across the globe.  In 2007, Dale introduced The Time Machine. Dale realized that not everybody may have the opportunity to visit the museum first hand, however a unique digital presentation could be enjoyed worldwide.  From 2007-2016 Dale produced 345 educational videos pertaining to all aspects of The Wheels Through Time Museum.  The Time Machine gave the world a glimpse of motorcycle history, preservation and restoration, not to mention the shared human interest stories of dozens of intriguing enthusiasts from around the world.  Many of Dale’s videos have millions of views worldwide and interest in this type of educational and entertaining content is rapidly growing.  Upgrading the Time Machine is now in motion for 2017 and beyond. The access is the same but we have changed the name to Dales Channel.

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Easy to access, fun to learn, and the content seems endless! Our new format will bring our viewers 8 new programs per month! The list of machines scheduled for programming rival the history of American motorcycling.  From the earliest pioneers of our sport to the alcohol burning race bikes from the glory days of American motorcycling, Dale will fill you full of facts, information and restoration tips from these famous machines that haunt the museum.  Dale calls this remarkable series of shows Reel School! Take a look by going to http://www.wheelsthroughtime.com/product/dales-channel-yearly/ to subscribe and find out more!

In addition to Dales Channel, a host of new programs and events will be on going at Wheels Through Time. Our event calendar is filling up and will be available by mid February.  Our annual Raffle continues to be a success and has now been UPGRADED to increase your chance of winning a gorgeous black and chrome 1948 Harley Davidson Panhead Springer.  Any ticket purchase over $50 in the month of January, February, and March will ALSO enter you into a drawing to win a trip for you and guest to the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. Check out the details on our website at http://www.wheelsthroughtime.com/upgrade/ to find out more!

Our new member – the Lifetime Donorship – offering was kicked off in late 2016 with great success. We now have over 100 new member/donors that are paving the way for future generations.  Along with free admission for yourself and three friends, each Donor will receive an individually numbered and signed print of “The Discovery”, a David Uhl art piece of Dale Walksler discovering the rare Crocker Number 8.  David Uhls art work has glorified the discovery of American history at the museum and we assure you this new distinctive member offering will exceed your every expectation. To learn more on how you can become a member / donor, go to http://www.wheelsthroughtime.com/life-time-donorship-main/.
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On the subject of paving, another 2017 initiative is our outdoor FLOOR OF FAME. Coming soon see how you can become a permanent member and share your history at Wheels Through Time. There is a limited number of bricks, help us pave the future!

Once again we would like to thank all of our visitors past and future for making Wheels Through Time a memorable experience and welcome you to join us here this season. If you cannot make the journey stay tuned in at http://www.wheelsthroughtime.com for interesting news and action in the world of American motorcycling.

Best Wishes,

Wheels Through Time, The Museum That Runs

Wishing Everyone Happy Holidays And Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our wonderful friends, family, and supporters of The Wheels Through Time.  We would again like to Thank You for supporting the WTT and look forward to incredible year ahead of us.  Please be careful and considerate this Holiday and think twice before you drink and drive, or drink and ride.  Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dale Walksler
Founder and Curator

 

Farewell 2016

It is with great pride and gratitude that we close the 2016 Season at Wheels Through Time. It was an exciting year with record numbers of visitors experiencing the new “look” here at Wheels Through Time.  New to The Museum this year were several 4 wheel machines, and nearly a dozen new motorcycles from several different eras.   Among the new artifacts and machines, was a new exhibit of art displayed by the incredibly talented David Uhl, http://www.uhlstudios.com, which surrounds the magnificent pair of Crocker motorcycles used in American Restoration!  David’s art enhances the depth and beauty of the historical artifacts that rest at The Wheels Through Time.

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The American Restoration television show featured on the History Channel broadened the museum audience and many are now discovering their own passion for American Motorcycle History.  While many visitors and fans are asking what show is next, I have quietly been putting together something special set to debut in Winter of 2017!  Make sure to stay tuned in to our website for updates and a release date!  Simply put, if you’ve read this far, you surely won’t be disappointed!

We also introduced the LifeTime Donorship Program allowing free lifetime admission for the Donor and 3 friends.  The Donorship program will help ensure Wheels Through Time will remain open for future generations and continue to educate people on the history of American Motorcycles.

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The Donors’ name will remain on a placard at the entrance of Wheels Through Time as a token of the Museum’s appreciation. An individually numbered and signed David Uhl print of The Discovery is included with the Donorship as well as a few other WTT goodies!  Click here http://www.wheelsthroughtime.com/life-time-donorship-main/to learn about becoming a Lifetime Donor!

In closing, I would like to thank my fiancé Trish who has been amazing and has spent tireless hours helping with anything and everything that required attention,  She has been incredible to say the least.

I would like to extend a huge Thank You to the visitors, volunteers, members, and supporters of this American History Experience. Each day our special friends share their stories and memories while surrounded with running artifacts of days gone by. The museum experience was undoubtedly enhanced by our incredible staff and volunteers – Nikki, Brittany, Betty, Cat, Jan, and Andy the Tour Guide.  Also, a special thanks to Jack Harrell who has been with us at the museum from over a decade.  Thanks Jack!  Throughout 2016, we fired up over 150 rare machines and helped educate over 75,000 people that came through Wheels Through Time!

Stay tuned in over 2017 to our Facebook Live, Monthly, and Quarterly Newsletters and stay up to speed on new exhibits, merchandise, gear, and of course motorcycles that are heading to Wheels Through Time in 2017!
Dale Walksler
Founder and Curator
Wheels Through Time

And the winners are………

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

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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!
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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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!

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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WINNER TAKES ALL!!!!

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!

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.

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.

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.

And The Winner Is….

Present at the 13th annual toy run 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

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.

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 years raffle picker is name is Amber. She is handing the WINNING ticket to Alynn, who in turn hands it to Dale Walksler .

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!

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.

Norton Invasion

Thursday June 16, 2015 is a day that will forever be remembered as the Norton invasion.

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Over 275 of the beloved English brand graced the entire premisses at Wheels Through Time. Inside were the proud owners, outside waiting to come to life again were a bevy of British Norton Motorcycles larger than any assembled on American soil. EVER!

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Bob White addresses the International Norton Owners Association.

 

 

 

 

The force responsible for this herculean effort was the International Norton Owners Association. The machines and owners have been camped on Asheville N.C. soil for 3 days with 7/16/15 being chosen for the invasion.

Dave Aldana, Dale Walksler, Brian Slark, and John Faville

Dave Aldana, Dale Walksler, Brian Slark, and John Faville

 

There were Norton Commandos , Norton Manxs, Norton everything.Tales were told of the infamous Norton HOGSLAYER,  the champion duel engine Norton that turned a 7.41 quarter mile in the 1980s. There were stories of the 1969 Commando.  Box stock this bike was in the 11’s . Fastest bike on 2 wheels, they say. Also, of course, there was dirt track racing. Dave Aldana (BONES) was on hand and shared some history on his 4 grand national championships in the 70’s. Dave also joined Steve McQueen in the legendary film “On Any Sunday.”

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Memorably, at precisely 1 pm the crowd was called to order in the parking lot and all, yes all of the 250 machines, started and ran in unison. A fitting tribute at the museum known as THE MUSEUM THAT RUNS

A hearty thank you to all that attended. A once in a lifetime experience for all.

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Will They Come? Wheels Through Time Celebrates 13 Years!

crowdatwttThirteen years ago today I woke up and wondered “will they come?” And you did! And came back -with friends! THANK YOU!

It was day one, Wheels Through Time in Maggie Valley North Carolina. The collection had moved from its previous in MT. Vernon Illinois location where the Wheels Through Time Museum was founded in 1992 by Dale Walksler.  Nearly 300 people visited on day 1. Over a million visitors in 13 years!

The collection, however, was started in 1970 in suburban Chicago. The first bike I bought IMG_2636was a tired out Chicago police bike for 25 bucks.  I borrowed that from my dad Bernie…and paid him back.  That bike remains in the collection and most recently pal Jay Leno visited, sat on the bike, and cranked it up! It is always about the story, and all the machines have a story to tell!

The story of how I got from there to here is a long one. One interesting aspect of the collection is called “bike building 101,” start early and stay late!! I truly believe that in the past 46 years of collecting/building a large percentage of that time has been spent in the workshop. Endless hours, year after year.

The collection currently consists of over 350 rare American machines, many in their original condition.  Of these, nearly 150 machines I have built or restored. Naturally they are all in running condition.   Nothing has changed, I continue to put in many hours each week in the workshop at WTT.  Over 15 machines are now in process, and there are dozens of project in various locations around the museum.

What this means for our museum visitors is a new experience every time, guaranteed.

Thank You!  It Has Been A Great 13 Years!
Dale Walksler

History Comes Back To Wheels Through Time

It is said that history repeats itself. This is certainly true at Wheels Through Time this June of 2015. It loconewstorypicis with great pride that Wheels Through Time is now back in possession of a most remarkable automobile. The oneof a kind 1915 Locomobile. Most people have never heard of a Locomobile, but this Loco is of a special flavor. Built by the company that claimed to build “THE BEST CARS MONEY CAN BUY” in Bridgeport Connecticut.  It is one-off build from 1915 , designed by Frank De Causse in Bridgeport Connecticut.  More importantly it was built for Charles Templeton Crocker whose family was important in the history of the state of California. Volumes have been written about the company, the family, and the one-off automobile. The car is cataloged as a collapsible cabriolet. It is the first car with dual side mounted spare tires, but most importantly it is the first roll up window design that converts to an open top speedster. It was rumored to cost Crocker twelve thousand dollars in 1915.  Museum founder Dale Walksler purchased the car in 1995 and kept it at Wheels Through Time for 12 years. Dale regretted letting the old Loco go and was most surprised when the current owner offered the car back to Dale . Done deal! And now for your viewing pleasure we offer a new TIME MACHINE video that shares the glory of the famous Locomobile.

 

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Jay Leno Visits Wheels Through Time

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Jay puts a pin in the “Where are you from?” map.

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Jay fires up Dale’s first motorcycle.

Jay Leno made a surprise world wind visit to the museum today that included Jay cranking, to the delight of museum patrons, Dale’s first ride, his 57 Harley 3 wheel chopper.  Jay was performing at Harrahs Cherokee Casino and Wheels was in his radar.  Jay was most gracious and posed for pictures with near a hundred during his 3 hour visit.

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Dale shows Jay a rare Harley cut away motor.

 

 

 

 

Museum founder Dale Walksler enthusiastically shared some of the museums gems and Jay shared some stories and his experience with similar makes and models.  Dale had visited Jay’s “BIG DOG GARAGE” several years ago during a west coast trip and marveled at Jay’s incredible collection of nearly 100 cars, Steam Power Collection, and 40 plus rare motorcycles.

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Dale proves that WTT is the museum that runs.

Some of Jays favorites besides Dale’s first bike were the Cadillac 16 cylinder coupe and the 32 Lincoln Roadster, which are in the permanent collection. Other favorites were the Crocker Hemi and the Coca Cola Chopper. He was intrigued with a rare cutaway engine and the collection of one of a kind machines.  A tour of the behind the scenes workshop was a natural and then upstairs where Jay took a lap around the history of American dirt track racing machines .
In all 9 machines were ceremoniously fired up to the delight of Jay and an easy hundred admirers.

A good time was had by all… and a little smoke and fire.

New For 2015!

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New Restorations, New Displays, and Working Shops are all enticing new reasons to visit or revisit Wheels Through Time.

IMG_2604One of the many new displays is a comprehensive collection of unique and one of a kind sidecars and sidevans . Several of the units were acquired at the recent action of the EJ Cole collection.

 

IMG_2599The Harley 45 collection is near completion. One of each model from 1929 to 1952. Most of these examples are special models or original paint machines. The latest completed restoration is the rare 1952 last year model featured in 1952
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IMG_2602      The Famous Wheels Through Time board track exhibit has been enhanced with over 30 new framed pieces of memorabilia and a stunning new arrangement of machines. You can usually get a running display if Dale is on hand to fire one up.

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Also don’t miss Crocker #8 and the story of Crocker #22, both now on permanent display at Wheels Through Time . Learn the behind-the-scenes story on both machines. The engine switch 50 years ago and the discovery of #8.

 

 

Check out these machines and 350 more at our digital museum THE TIME MACHINE. Also new news for 2015 is the introduction of new Time Machine videos and a streamlined website to view them. It is our commitment and goal for everybody to have easy access to history at Wheels Through Time, whether it is first hand experience or our digital option.  History .. it is our commitment to you!

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Pat Brase and B.J. Whitley Win 12th Annual WTT Vintage Motorcycle Raffle!!!

Dale welcomes over 200 Toy Runners to Wheels Through Time on Saturday a few hours before the big drawing.

Dale welcomes over 200 Toy Runners to Wheels Through Time on Saturday a few hours before the big drawing.

This past Saturday, November 15, over one thousand visitors gathered at Wheels Through Time to witness the museum’s 12th Annual Vintage Motorcycle Raffle Giveaway. Sunny skies and brisk temperatures kept the crowd on their feet as the museum made two lucky ticket holders the winners of the 1935 and 1936 Harley-Davidson VL Flathead Bobbers.

The days festivities began as the 23rd Annual Haywood County Toy Run left downtown Canton headed for Wheels Through Time. Despite morning temperatures well below freezing, over 250 motorcycles braved the weather to help the children of Haywood County. After a catered barbeque lunch put on by the Blue Ridge Thunder Motorcycle Club, all attention turned to the stage in anticiaption of the drawing that would determine the new owners of two genuine American classics.

This year, two Grand Prize machines were up for grabs – a pair of 1935 and 1936 Harley-Davidson VL Flathead Bobbers. Over the past year, these two beautiful machines helped the 2014 Museum Raffle become the largest Wheels Through Time fundraiser to date, raising much needed revenue for WTT to build new exhibits, expand its interpretation, and improve the overall museum experience for its visitors.

Dale poses with Ava, the brave young lady who dove in head first to pic the next two winners of the Wheels Through Time Annual Raffle.

Dale poses with Ava, the brave young lady who dove in head first to pic the next two winners of the Wheels Through Time Annual Raffle.

When it came time to draw the winning tickets, all in attendance fell silent, then on Dale’s mark, began a 20 second countdown as an energetic youngster dove in to the throusands of tickets head first. As the countdown reached zero, the little girl held out two tickets – one in each of her outstretched arms.

As indicated in the drawings rules, the first ticket pulled would be the proud new owner of Bike #1 – the 1935 Harley-Davidson VLD Bobber. The winner was Pat Brase from Ft. Wayne, IN. Pat first visited the museum three years ago, and after having such a great time during his first stop, he came back this past 4th of July weekend with friends. During his visit he donated a 1951 AMA Riders Book, which he proudly mentioned include a mention of his uncle, who was one of the first racers in Indiana to have an AMA national number. Before his visit was over, he decided to buy 7 tickets for the museum’s annual raffle.

Pat’s family has been riding motorcycles for over a century. One of his prized possessions is a photograph from a motorcycle race in 1910, with his grandfather and greatgrandfather in the front row. Pat himself has been riding for over 50 years, and is the senior Chaplain for the Indian Patriot Guard Riders. He even has owned a few “old bikes” along the way. “When I started riding, you had to be a mechanic, so I learned,” Pat said. “My dad rode Harley’s, and taught me a lot.” His first motorycle was a Harley-Davidson 125cc “Hummer” and later, he and his brother together bought a 1936 Harley-Davidson VLH. Although the bike was a basketcase and incomplete, the two had big plans to get it running. But when an interested party made them an offer they couldn’t refuse, they decided to let it go.

The first lucky ticket is pulled for the 1935 Harley-Davidson VLD Bobber. The winner was Pat Brase from Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

The first lucky ticket is pulled for the 1935 Harley-Davidson VLD Bobber. The winner was Pat Brase from Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Now, decades later, Pat is again the proud owner of a genuine Harley-Davidson VL Flathead. With the help of his wife and son, he has decided that he’ll be taking the bike instead of the alternate cash prize.

Winner of Bike #2 — the 1936 Harley-Davidson VL “Dale Special” Bobber —  is B.J. Whitley from Garner, North Carolina.   While B.J. lives only a few hours away, he had never visited the Smoky Mountains until this year.  He and his wife’s first visit to the area, and to Wheels Through Time was the during the exact same week that Pat Brase, winner of Bike #1, visited the museum. B.J. is the second Carolina winner in the past two years (last year’s grand prize was taken home by a South Carolina resident).

When speaking of his July visit to Wheels Through Time, he said he was impressed by the diversity and the number of machines on display, citing the American Board Track Racing Exhibit and the Chopper Graveyard as two of his favorite areas of the museum.  He recalled watching in amazement as Dale and Matt cranked up bike after bike, and couldn’t believe it when Dale jumped aboard a 1915 Harley and rode out the front door.   During his visit to Wheels Through Time, B.J. bought 14 tickets for the annual raffle, mainly to help support the museum’s mission. Little did he know that just over four months later, he would get a phone call that would change his life.

Pat Brase of Ft. Wayne, Indiana and B.J. Whitley from Garner, North Carolina are the winners of the 1935 and '36 Harley-Davidson VL Flathead Bobbers.

Pat Brase of Ft. Wayne, Indiana and B.J. Whitley from Garner, North Carolina are the winners of the 1935 and ’36 Harley-Davidson VL Flathead Bobbers.

B.J. and his wife Shelby have been riding motorcycles most of their lives.  His first bike was a Honda 450, that he eventually converted into a 3-wheel machine with a Harley Servicar rear end.  Although he has never ridden a bike with a foot-clutch and tank-shift, he is excited to give the ’36 Flathead Bobber a go.

Also during Saturday’s festivities, Wheels Through Time unveiled the new Grand Prize for the 13th Annual Vintage Motorcycle Raffle in 2015. Next year’s lucky winner will take home a stunning 1939 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead Bobber custom built by Wendell Turner at Turner’s Cycle Shop in South Lyon, Michigan. Tickets are on sale at WheelsThroughTime.com/2015raffle.

The Wheels Through Time museum would like to thank each and every participant that contributed to the 2014 Vintage Motorcycle Raffle. Each year, thousands of generous individuals support the museum through its raffle fundraiser, and make it possible for WTT to continue to fulfill its mission to educate and inspire a diverse audience about the history of American tranportation.

Museum Will Run “World’s Rarest Motorcycle” This Thursday @ 2p.m.

The 1916 Traub at Wheels Through Time is considered by many to be the "World's Rarest Motorcycle".

The 1916 Traub at Wheels Through Time is considered by many to be the “World’s Rarest Motorcycle”.

After a full year resting idle amongst hundreds of rare and historic machines inside the world famous Wheels Through Time Museum, what is often referred to as the “World’s Rarest Motorcycle” will once again roar to life before being put away for along hibernation this winter. This Thursday, November 13, at 2p.m., museum curator and founder Dale Walksler will be holding a special exhibition of the 1916 Traub motorcycle at Wheels Through Time.

The one-of-a-kind 1916 Traub has long been a favorite of visitors to the museum. Its story has puzzled historians, collectors, and enthusiasts alike for decades, and while its origin remains a mystery, its advanced engineering is considered a marvel by many of the world’s most knowledgible experts. And for those who have had the pleasure of hearing it run comes a new appreciation all its own.

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The Traub features a unique, one-of-a-kind side-valve engine, displacing 80 cubic inches, with two camshafts.

What is known of the Traub’s story has interested millions. The machine was found in 1967 behind a wall in a Chicago apartment building during a renovation project by the property’s owners. Upon discovery, no clue to its origin remained, providing for difficulty in learning more about its history. Within a year, a local Yamaha dealer heard about the machine, and offered up a brand new Yamaha motorcycle in trade for the old relic. The bike remained in his care until the late 1970s, when famous motorcycle collector and hollywood stuntman, Bud Ekins heard about the machine while in Chicago during the filming of the Blues Brothers movie. Ekin’s tracked the bike down, bought it, and had it shipped back to California. Ekins later found himself in financial trouble, and sold the bike to a friend, who owned it for almost a decade before selling it to Dale Walksler for display at Wheels Through Time.

Despite the machines storied past since being discovered in 1967, very little known about its existence before that time. No one has been to determine exactly who or where the bike was built. Based on overall styling and the use of a few parts once found commonly throughout the motorcycle industry, experts have been able to estimate date the bike to approximately 1916. Except for the Troxel seat, Schebler carburetor, and Bosch magneto – all industry leading components at the time – almost every piece on the motorcycle, including the engine, is entirely of its own design. The 80 cubic inch, side-valve, twin-cam powerplant decades ahead of its time, and a unique 3-speed transmission with two neutrals transfers power to the rear wheel, giving the bike a wider range of capabilities that many of its contemporaries. Low center of gravity, coupled with low seat position and shorter handlebars provide for agility and manueverability unmatched by other makes.

The name Traub is proudly emblazoned onto the gas tanks, and cast into both the magneto chain cover and right engine case.

The name Traub is proudly emblazoned onto the gas tanks, and cast into both the magneto chain cover and right engine case.

With its advanced qualities and capabilities, one might ask why it was sealed in a brick tomb for over 50 years, never be ridden through the streets of Chicago, or to make its mark on the motorcycle world. Many believe had the machine gotten the right interest, it could changed the motorcycling industry forever. Instead, almost 100 years later, it remains a mystery.

This year alone, over 130,000 visitors had the opportunity to glance over its unique qualities, and decide for themselves what gives the machine such allure — Perhaps the sleek but sophiscated look and stance, or the cutting edge engineering unused by other manufacteres of the day. For most….its the mystery, the hope that one day, light will be shed on its origin and that the builder of one of the world’s most advanced motorcycles be recognized for his achievement.

This Thursday at the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC, visitors will have the rare opportunity to hear the one-of-a-kind Traub motorcycle roar to life for the first time in over a year, before the machine is drained of its fluids and stored for its winter slumber. Museum curator and founder Dale Walksler will perform a tune-up and demonstrate the starting procedure for visitors. Museum staff will be on hand to answer questions about the machine, and provide details as to recent discoveries in its story.

For more information, visit the Wheels Through Time Facebook page or call 828 926 6266.

Past WTT Raffle Winner Talks About Experience, Shares Feeling of Riding and Owning Vintage Iron

Dale reads off the winner of the 2011 Wheels Through Time Raffle.  Chris Hemminger took home the beautiful 1936 Knucklehead Bobber!

Dale reads off the winner of the 2011 Wheels Through Time Raffle. Chris Hemminger took home the beautiful 1936 Knucklehead Bobber!

With the 2014 Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Raffle just days away, thousands of hopeful ticket holders look toward the future with anticipation, keeping fingers crossed that they’ll be bringing home a new addition to their garage. But for a select few others, the days leading up to the raffle have been a time of reflection, as they look back at the experience of becoming the next Grand Prize Winner and owner of a genuine piece of motorcycle history.

Chris Hemminger came to Wheels Through Time Museum for his first visit in 2009. Annually making the ride to the Great Smoky Mountains with his friends, Chris began to make the museum a meeting place during his travels, sharing it with friends and family. During his first tour through WTT, he learned of the annual motorcycle raffle, which serves as the museum’s largest fundraiser, and decided to buy at ticket. Chris began to buy a ticket or two on each visit, hoping one day his luck would pay off. Eventually, he hit the jackpot, when he was called as the lucky winner of a genuine 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead Bobber in 2011! Chris received the call on his youngest daughters 1st birthday, and although he was in disbelief at first, the good news quickly set in.

The 1936 Knucklehead Bobber sitting in front of Chris's home in Maryland.  Although he's a busy guy, he rides it often!

The 1936 Knucklehead Bobber sitting in front of Chris’s home in Maryland. Although he’s a busy guy, he rides it often!

Within a month, Chris was down to claim his prize. Although he had never ridden an antique motorcycle before and was a little intimidated, he jumped in with both feet and was riding laps around the museum in no-time! “I’ve had fatboys, sportsters, ridden just about every modern model Harley of my buddies, but never anything with a kickstart, foot-clutch, tank-shift, and manual spark advace,” Chris admits. “But I absolutely loved it, and can’t believe I was intimidated.”

While keeping busy with work and home life, Chris still gets it out for a short ride or two whenever he can. He tells us that when out cruising, he often receives comments on how great the bike looks, and is occasionally asked “how much do you have in it?”. He loves to watch the reactions when he tells them it only cost him 10 bucks! His goal is to someday ride the bike in the Motorcycle Kickstart Classic, as he is a big fan of American Iron Magazine and all of the great vintage articles they put out.

Chris also has some advice for future winners: “Enjoy!” he says. “Your life is about to change! There is no feeling like riding and owning vintage iron. Especially one built from the ground up by the master himself, Dale Walkser!”

Since his lucky day, Chris has made the trek back to WTT twice a year, and says anytime he is within a couple hundred mile radius, he always makes the detour. And you guessed it….he’s still buying tickets for the museum’s annual raffle, hoping to take home another hand-built, genuine American motorcycle classic.

For more information about the 2014 Wheels Through Time Raffle Drawing November 15th, or to get your tickets to WIN today, visit www.WheelsThroughTime.com/2014raffle!

Just Days Before 12th Annual Motorcycle Raffle Giveaway, WTT Prepares to Unveil Next Year’s Grand Prize

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On November 15, these TWO Harley-Davidson VL Flathead Bobbers will be given away to two lucky winners!

After almost a year of anticipation, the 12th Annual Wheels Through Time Vintage Motorcycle Raffle is drawing near. Its the museum’s biggest event of the season, and thousands from near and far make the trip through the winding roads of the Smokies to witness, and hopefully win, a piece of vintage motorcycle history. This year, the museum upped the ante with not one, but two Grand Prize machines — 1935 & 1936 Harley-Davidson VL Flathead Bobbers built in the hand-built in the museum’s restoration shop. Two tickets will be drawn to decide who will be the lucky new owners of this year’s timeless classics.

The Model VL is one of the rarer models offered by Harley-Davidson over their 100+ years atop the motorcycle industry. Motorcycle manufacturers suffered immensely throughout the Great Depression, as few customers had the financial means to purchase a new motorcycle or automobile. First offered for the 1930 model year, the VL was a vast improvement over the companies antiquated model JD, but nationwide economic hardship kept production low. In total, the model VL was produced for only 7 years with limited production, which makes for difficulties when wttrafflesearching for a genuine, running example in today’s vintage motorcycle market. The machines offered in this year’s raffle giveaway represent the last two years of Model VL production, and have been rebuilt as modified “hot-rods” from the era they were produced.

The 2014 Vintage Motorcycle Raffle will be held on Saturday, November 15th at Wheels Through Time Museum, at the conclusion of the annual Haywood County Toy Run. The run departs from Adams St. in Canton, NC at 12:00 and rides to a catered barbeque lunch at Wheels Through Time. The drawing for the raffle will be held at approximately 3:00 p.m., at the conclusion of the day’s festivities.

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Stay tuned for a full feature story on the 2015 Wheels Through Time Annual Raffle Grand Prize — a 1939 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead Bobber built by Wendell Turner.

While the museum prepares to make the day of two lucky winners on November 15th, the staff is already geared up to unveil the Grand Prize for 2015! For next year’s annual motorcycle raffle, WTT is raising the bar once again, offering a custom 1939 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead Bobber specially built by renowned builder Wendell Turner of Turner’s Cycle Shop in South Lyon, Michigan. Wendell has been building old school custom motorcycles since the early 1970s. From choppers and bobbers to antique restorations, Wendell has turned out some amazing machines, and has the awards to prove it. The 1939 Knucklehead being offered as WTT’s 2015 Raffle Grand Prize has taken home Editor’s Choice, Best Antique, and Best in Show Awards at numerous motorcycle events around the country. Now on display at Wheels Through Time Museum, the bike will help generate much needed funds for the museum to continue to fulfill its mission to preserve motorcycle history for future generations to enjoy. It will be officially unveiled during the toy run finale and raffle drawing on November 15th.

Raffle tickets can be purchased at www.WheelsThroughTime.com/2014raffle.  Tickets are $10 each, 3 for $20, or 7 tickets for $50 with free t-shirt and DVD.

For more information about Wheels Through Time’s 2014 and 2015 Annual Raffle, visit www.WheelsThroughTime.com. To learn more about participating in the Haywood County Toy Run, visit www.BlueRidgeThunder.org.

12th Annual WTT Raffle Giveaway Approaching Fast!!!

WIN One (OR TWO) Rare and Historic Harley-Davidson Flatheads on November 15th!

wttraffleAs the riding season begins to wind to a close, and many begin to think about putting their motorcycles away for the year, the folks at Wheels Through Time are hard at work preparing for their biggest event of the season — The 2014 WTT Motorcycle Raffle Giveaway!

Its been almost a year since Wheels Through Time gave away the 1939 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead bobber to a lucky ticket-holder, and with less than 50 days until the 2014 drawing, many are anticipating a new addition to their garage by the end of the year!

This year, the museum will be giving away not one, but TWO genuine American classics as the Grand Prizes of their annual motorcycle giveaway – 1935 and 1936 Harley-Davidson VL Flathead bobbers! Specially built in the Wheels Through Time Restoration Shop, these machines have been painstakingly brought back to life by museum curator and founder, Dale Walksler, and on November 15th will both become a part of history when the 12th Annual Raffle Drawing decides their new homes.

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Bike #1 is a genuine 1935 Harley-Davidson VLD, equipped with high-performance engine, art-deco paint scheme, and many more special WTT touches!

Over the past 11 years, Wheels Through Time has given away 11 rare and historic machines.  In 2013, a lucky winner took home the ’39 Knucklehead Bobber, and the previous year, a hot-rod 1932 Harley found a new home.  In 2011, the museum raffled off a beautiful 1936 Knucklehead bobber, which many regard as the grandfather of the American Motorcycle.   Two 1947 Knuckleheads were given away in 2009 and 2010, and before that, a 1940 Knucklehead, another ’39 Knucklehead, a ’36 Harley-Davidson Flathead, ’51 Panhead Chopper, a ’48 Harley-Davidson WL, and 2004 Harley-Davidson Sportster were all awarded as Grande Prizes.  Winners of past drawing have been from all over the country, including South Carolina, Tennessee, Connecticut, Maryland, Missouri, and Alabama.

But this year marks the first time the museum will be giving away TWO grand prize motorcycles.  Two tickets will be drawn — one for each motorcycle, and by the end of the day, two lucky winners will emerge, each as the proud new owner of a hand-built piece of motorcycle history built to run down the road.

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Bike #2 has been nicknamed the “Dale Special”! The bike features updated top-end for better performance, double-tube muffler, art-deco paint scheme, and more!

This year’s drawing will be on Saturday, November. As in year’s past, it will be held at Wheels Through Time during the conclusion of the Haywood County Toy Run, an event put on by the Blue Ridge Thunder Motorcycle Club.  Thousands are expected to attend, making the drawing WTT’s biggest event of the year.

The Annual Motorcycle Raffle is Wheels Through Time’s largest fundraiser, and proceeds go to help the museum develop new exhibits, expand its historical interpretation, and keep us “The Museum That Runs”.  This year, a portion of proceeds have also gone to Veterans Restoration Quarters – Asheville.

The drawing is approaching quickly, so make sure you visit WheelsThroughTime.com and GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

International Harley-Davidson Dealer Ride Heads to WTT!!!

Some of the Harley-Davidson Dealer Ride attendees pose for a picture by the 1930 Harley-Davidson DAH Hillclimber at Wheels Through Time.This past Labor Day weekend, Wheels Through Time had the immense pleasure of hosting a special group of riders with a particular interest in Harley-Davidson history!  On Friday, August 29th, dealers and executives from the Harley-Davidson Motor Company rode into Maggie Valley for unique experience at “The Museum That Runs”.

Earlier in the week, thousands gathered at the Annual Harley-Davidson Summer Dealer Meeting held this year in Nashville, TN to get a glimpse at what the company had in store for the 2015 model year.  At the conclusion of the meeting, dealers from around the world embarked on the Harley-Davidson International Dealer Ride, which this year headed from Franklin, TN to Charlotte, by way of Chattanooga, TN and Asheville, NC. During the three day run through the Smokies and Blue Ridge, riders logged nearly 700 miles on brand new 2015 models debuted to the public just days before.

During Friday’s ride between Chattanooga and Asheville, Wheels Through Time was slated as the main stop along the route.  After a six hour ride through some of the best riding the area has to offer, over 150 riders poured into the museum to experience American motorcycle history at its best. Without even the first sign of fatigue from the long days ride, dealers and executives alike explored the museum for hours, and were treated to a special guided tour by museum curator, Dale Walksler. (Some riders were so eager to visit, they bypassed the previous day’s scheduled overnight stop, just so they had more time to absorb the history inside WTT!)

HD's Scott Miller and Matt Levatich hop on WTT's 2014 Raffle Bikes during their visit to Wheels Through Time.

HD’s Scott Miller and Matt Levatich hop on WTT’s 2014 Raffle Bikes during their visit to Wheels Through Time. (Photo: Scott Miller)

Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer of Harley-Davidson Motor Company, and Scott Miller, the company’s Vice President of Styling were also on hand for the visit, having ridden every single mile with the group!  Of the 110+ years of Harley-Davidson history housed inside the museum, what Matt and Scott were most impressed with was the amount of letters, literature and other correspondence dating back to the beginnings of their company’s history — many of which were signed by the founders themselves.

Levatich also noted the numerous examples of 1915 Harley-Davidsons — a milestone machine that helped shape the company’s history — displayed in the museum collection, and wished them all a Happy Birthday.

“To host such a group of true enthusiasts from around the world has been truly memorable,” said museum curator, Dale Walksler. “Having the opportunity to share Wheels Through Time with so many industry leaders is an honor. We hope they return again, with friends and family.”

As the group departed, Dale hopped on his 1915 Harley-Davidson to guide them out of town and see them on their way. When they turned left out of the parking lot, Dale give the 100 year-old Harley all he had.  As you can imagine, they left him in the dust, with only a smile.

“MotorWeek” to Visit Wheels Through Time August 26th

MotorWeek_Icon2On  Tuesday, August 26th Wheels Through Time will be hosting the cast and crew of “MotorWeek” –television’s original automotive magazine– during shoot for one of their upcoming episodes on Velocity TV.  The show heads to Maggie Valley to give viewers a glimpse inside the museum and talk history with curator and founder Dale Walksler.

MotorWeek is America’s longest running automotive television series, premiering on October 15, 1981.  Hosted by Emmy Award winner and show creator John Davis, its one of the most reliable sources of automotive news on television on the web.  Each year, MotorWeek tests over 150 cars and trucks, offering consumer oriented reviews on performance,  technology, practicality, and dollar value. Presented in magazine-type format, episodes include vehicle reviews, comparisons, news, and also special features — which is why they cast and crew are headed to Wheels Through Time next week.

As the show’s host, Davis is among the most trusted names in automotive journalism, and has been featured on CNN, Weekend Today, and LIVE with Regis and Kelly.  Over the past three decades, Davis has kept his foot on the accelerator, developing MotorWeek into the premier source for unbiased information what’s new in the automotive world. The show is now in its 30th season and is seen nationwide on PBS and Velocity.

While the show primarily focuses on what’s new in the automotive world, they couldn’t pass on an opportunity to share one of the world’s premier collections of rare and historic American motorcycles and automobiles.  Wheels Through Time houses over 350 unique machines inside of its 38,000 square foot facility, including numerous experimental, racing, and one-of-a-kind examples.   Although the machines they’ll be viewing aren’t new, they represent their era’s cutting edge of technology and performance on both road and track.

For more information on MotorWeek’s visit to Wheels Through Time, visit www.WheelsThroughTime.com or call (828) 926-6266.

Wheels Through Time Shattering Attendance Records

Hit TV Series and New Member Program Bring Record Numbers in 2014

americanvintageAs the summer of 2014 winds to a close, and many area businesses and attractions being to prepare for another busy leaf season in Western NC, Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC is picking up steam like never before. Since opening for the year in late-March, the museum has hosted over 110,000 visitors making 2014 its busiest season to date. And it doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon! With the busiest months just around the corner, the all-American transportation museum is poised to add to what has already been a record year.

Museum staff credits part of the museum’s success in 2014 to a very successful second season of Velocity’s hit television series “What’s In The Barn?”, which follows museum curator Dale Walksler and his son Matt across the country in search of motorcycle history in unusual places. Season one aired in June of 2013 and was met with rave reviews from viewers. Season two began in early June of 2014, and since, the museum has been getting busier by the week. The show can be seen in over 60 million homes in the U.S. and dozens of countries around the world.

The museum’s new Seasonal Member Program has also had great success in attracting repeat visitors. When visitors to Wheels Through Time purchase a Museum “Member-Chip” for only $20, they receive a special edition 2014 Wheels Through Time racebikeshdrpoker chip which designates them as a season ticket holder. With a “Member-Chip”, visitors receive free admission through the duration of the year. 2015 Museum “Member-Chips” will be available in October.

With visitors flocking in by the thousands, Wheels Through Time has continued to develop new exhibits and displays to keep things fresh inside the museum. This year alone, numerous rare and historic machines have been added to the collection, many of which have appeared on episodes of “What’s in the Barn?”. A central feature exhibit showcasing the finds from show is among the most viewed areas in the museum, displaying a range of extraordinary “barn finds” dating back to 1904.

Projections estimate that Wheels Through Time could see over 150,000 visitors total by the close of its 2014 season at the end of November, nearly doubling the museum’s attendance during previous years. And with season three of “What’s in the Barn?” already in the works, its clear that Maggie Valley’s motorcycle paradise is gaining momentum that will last for years to come.

Wheels Through Time Celebrating 12th Anniversary July 4th Weekend!

wtt12years2Wheels Through Time Museum is celebrating its 12th Anniversary in Maggie Valley this Fourth of July weekend.  The anniversary festivities will run from Thursday through Monday, July 3-7, from 9a.m.-5p.m..  The museum houses hundreds of rare and unique machines spanning over 110 years of transportation history, dating back to very roots of motorized travel.

After relocating to Western North Carolina in 2002, Wheels Through Time has attracted over three-quarters of a million visitors to its 38,000 square foot facility in Maggie Valley near the Great Smoky Mountains. And since opening its doors, the museum has continued to grow both its collection and its following. The collection of all-American motorcycles and automobiles now totals over 360 historic machines, and Museum attendance has soared over the past several years. Recently, the museum’s hit television series “What’s in the Barn?” on Velocity TV has begun its second season.  The series follows museum curator Dale Walksler and his son Matt across the county on hunts for motorcycle history

During the anniversary weekend celebration, Wheels Through Time staff will be holding demonstrations and exhibitions of dozens of priceless rare motorcycles and automobiles.  Numerous machines found on episodes of “Whats In The Barn?” on display in the museum will be featured, including one of America’s earliest twin-cylinder motorcycles, a pair of century-old bikes that recently competed in a race for motorcycles 100 years an older, and a running and operating original 1912 Harley owned by the same family since new, just to name a few.  Various military vehicles will also be on display and ready for exhibition, including two rare Harley-Davidson Air Force machines recently discovered in rural Arkansas.

racebikeshdrDuring the anniversary weekend, the museum will be giving away 500 American Flags to visitors throughout the weekend in celebration of our nations birthday.

The museum’s 12th Anniversary Celebration will run from Thursday-Monday, July 3-7, from 9a.m.-5p.m.  Demonstrations and exhibitions of many of America’s rarest two- and four-wheeled machines will be held throughout the weekend.

For more information about the Wheels Through Time Museum, visit their video website, located at www.WheelsThroughTime.com, or call (828) 926-6266.

Wall of Death Coming to Wheels Through Time Memorial Day Weekend!!!

wallofdeathwahleThis coming Memorial Day Weekend, the American Motor Drome Company is headed back to Wheels Through Time in Maggie Valley to perform America’s original motorcycle thrill show.  Riding vintage Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycles, real motorcycle dare-devils will be performing acrobatic and trick riding on a vertical wooden surface 14 feet off the ground. Numerous “Wall of Death” performances will be held from Thursday-Sunday, May 22-25 beginning at 10:00 a.m. each day.

The “Wall of Death” is considered one of America’s first extreme sports, as riders take their machines to the vertical walls of a round wooden building, testing the limits of both man and motorcycle.  During the heyday of “drome racing” in the 1930s, thousands would flock to shows, waiting for their turn to see what was considered the most exciting show on two wheels.

During the 70 years since, the number of groups performing these dangerous thrill shows has dwindled, and the passion of just a few has kept the sport alive.  Riding the very same types of machines on the same surfaces as their predecessors, the American Motor Drome Company has been performing together for almost 15 years, risking life and limb for over 150 people each performance.

outsidethewall“We’re more than excited to have the American Motor Drome Company back at Wheels Through Time for the second year in a row,” said museum curator Dale Walksler.  “This all-American entertainment fits right in at Wheels Through Time, and we’re happy to be able to share this with our visitors.”

The American Motor Drome Company’s first performance at Wheels Through Time came last June during the museum’s special event celebrating the premier its new television series “What’s In The Barn?” on Velocity Channel.  Over 15 Wall of Death performances were filled to capacity, with many visitors returning for a second or third experience.

Performances will be held numerous times daily throughout the weekend, and all museum visitors will receive free admission to each performance.  For more information, contact the museum at 828-926-6266 or visit WheelsThroughTime.com.

To learn more about the Wall of Death and The American Motor Drome Company, visit AmericaWallOfDeath.com

Season 2 of “What’s In The Barn?” Starts June 10th on Velocity!!!

“Whats in the Barn?” Season 2 Starts June 10th!!! from Dale Walksler on Vimeo.

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Big news from Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC.  The museum’s hit television series “Whats in the Barn?” is returning for a second season this summer on Velocity TV. 

Beginning on Tuesday June 10, 2014, Velocity TV will debut eight brand new weekly episodes of “What’s in the Barn?” at 10:00p.m., bringing viewers along as host Dale Walksler criss-crosses the country digging up America’s rarest and most historic vintage motorcycles. 

The series’ first season premiered in late June of 2013 after much anticipation, and followed Walksler on his hunt for barns and outbuildings hiding long since forgotten motorcycles and automobiles. The show immediately garnered a world-wide audience, airing in over 60 million homes and on six continents.

dalepickinOften uncovering history in some of the most unusual places, Walksler spent his life collecting rare American motorcycles and displaying them in his Wheels Through Time Museum. His passion for history is evident in every episode of “What’s In The Barn?”, but a walk through his museum gives an even deeper glimpse into one man’s grand vision of creating a paradise focused on not only the machines of our past, but the sights, sounds and stories associated with them. 

Wheels Through Time displays over 350 all-American motorcycles and automobiles, and continues to grow due to Walksler’s undying effort to connect past and present. Currently, the museum’s feature exhibit displays dozens of “Barn-finds”, many of which were discovered during Season 1 of “Whats in the Barn?”  Walksler has also brought the museum into the 21st century with the creation of various smartphone applications about the museum collection, giving viewers access into the museum’s digital archives.

In celebration of the new season premier on June 10, the museum will be holding special demonstrations and exhibitions of many of the machines on display for visitors each weekend this spring and summer.   

Season 2 kicks off Tuesday, June 10th on Velocity TV with two brand new episodes starting at 10:00 p.m.  For more information, visit www.WheelsThroughTime.com or visit Velocity.com.

WTT 2014 Season Opening Weekend March 27th!

openingdayhpThis coming Thursday, March 27, Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC is celebrating its first official opening of the 2014 season.

After a record-breaking year in 2013, WTT is eager kick off the season with fans and friends in style.  From Thursday-Monday, museum staff will be holding demonstrations and exhibitions of over a dozen rare and historic machines dating back to the beginnings of America’s motorcycling past.

Since the museum closed for the winter last December, staff and volunteers have been hard at work, focusing on improving visitors’ museum experience from start to finish.

“For 2014, we’ve enhanced countless exhibits, expanded interpretive and informational signage, and of course, added new machines to the assortment of American motorized history on display,” said museum curator Dale Walksler. “We’ve even developed a series of Smartphone apps to give visitors access to complete information about many of the machines and exhibits on display.”

wrexhibitOver the past several months, Walksler himself has been scouring the country from Florida to California, chasing down several rare machines to add to the vast collection.  In fact, over a dozen new machines will be on display, many of which have never been seen by the public eye.  Highlights include the world’s oldest running Excelsior Twin, a 1937 Indian Four Cylinder found in a barn, a 100% original 1912 Harley-Davidson, and a stunning 1932 Ford OHV Dirt Track race car, to name a few.

The crew at WTT has also been busy shooting for season two of Velocity TV’s new hit series “Whats In The Barn?”, which gives viewers in depth coverage of one of America’s foremost motorcycle treasure hunters in action.  Many of the new finds from season two will be on display throughout the year in the museum’s featured exhibit, along with the stories of who rode them, raced them, bought them, and sold them.

Wheels Through Time opens its doors at 9a.m. on March 27.  Throughout the season, regular hours are 9a.m.-5p.m., Thursday-Monday (Closed Tues & Wed). For more information, visit www.WheelsThroughTime.com or call (828) 926-6266.