‘Wheels’ Looking Forward to Record Breaking 2015

Wheels Through Time would like to send out a big “Thank You” to all of our visitors, friends, and family for helping make 2014 our best year yet!  Last year, we had the pleasure of hosting over 120,000 visitors through our doors — the action was non-stop, and each and every person that made us a destination lent a hand in our success.

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The “Bike House” was found during season 3 of “What’s In The Barn?” after Dale follows a lead to rural North Georgia.

While it might seem impossible to top such a great 2014 season, Wheels Through Time has already been working hard to bring its success in 2015 to a whole new level!!!

“What’s In The Barn?” is back for a 3rd on Velocity TV, chasing Dale and Matt across the country in search of rare and historic machines for display inside the museum.  This season, Dale heads south to Texas for one of the World’s biggest swapmeets then to Michigan for a high-class automotive show that brings him back to the previous home of one of the world’s rarest motorcycles.  They chase down uncertain lead in North Georgia to a “Bike House”, and are blown away at what they find!  Eight more episodes begin airing in late spring.  A new “What’s in the Barn?” Exhibit will also be opening in May of 2015, showcasing many of the finds from season 3!

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Dale and Elijah from Mulga, Alabama break ground on the 2016 WTT Raffle Bike in the rear shop inside the museum

The museum is always thinking of new ways to continue making experiences of our visitors better each year.  In 2015, we’ll be bringing involvement of our patrons to a whole new level.  This coming year, visitors will have a the opportunity to lend a hand in the rebuild and restoration a very special machine — the 2016 WTT Raffle Bike, to be raffled of in November 2016.  Construction has already begun, and we’ll be relying on you to get this one ready for the road.

WTT is also planning a gala fundraiser for The Home Depot Foundation, whose mission is to improve the homes and lives of our U.S. military veterans and their families.  The museum has long been a supporter of all of our veterans, and looks to expand that support this 2015.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the Foundation, who spends millions annually to for veterans in our communities.

Perhaps the biggest news for 2015 is the Wheels Through Time MEGA RAFFLE!  Wheels Through Time and the Amelia Island Charities will be offering a once-in-

Here it is!!! The 1936 Crocker Hemi #8 is the Grand Prize of the WTT Mega Raffle.  More information coming soon!

Here it is!!! The 1936 Crocker Hemi #8 is the Grand Prize of the WTT Mega Raffle. More information coming soon!

a-lifetime opportunity to own one of the rarest and most significant motorcycles in the world — the 1936 Crocker Hemi Twin.  This machine — the 8th Crocker of less than 70 produced — remains the earliest running production Crocker in existance, has been heralded by experts as one of the world’s most significant motorcycles. A full feature story and details of the raffle are coming soon. This is one drawing you don’t want to miss!

Wheels Through Time will be opening for the 2015 season on April 2nd.  Please stay tuned for a full list of events on the museum’s website coming soon.

In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled and ears open for historic machines in your neighborhood!  Dale and crew are on the hunt for history in unusual places, and are always looking for the next rusty relic for “What’s In The Barn?”

For more information about the 2015 season, “What’s In the Barn?”, WTT’s Home Depot Foundation Gala, or the WTT Crocker MEGA RAFFLE, visit www.WheelsThroughTime.com or contact us at 828 926-6266.

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.

Thor Take Honors at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

This past weekend the 1912 Thor Board Track Racer took top honors at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Amelia Island, FL.  Held each year at the Ritz-Carlton Resort and Hotel, the concours brings hundreds of the worlds rarest and most significant automobiles and motorcycles together for tens of thousands of spectators.

This year, the Wheels Through Time helped arrange the motorcycle class.  The theme for the class was “Orphan American Motorcycles”, giving the opportunity for America’s lesser known brands to be seen by the world.  10 rare machines were displayed, ranging from a 1904 Yale to a 1914 Flescher Flyer.  All machines were at least 100 years of age.

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When it came time to present the awards, 1st place in the class went to Paul Ousey’s beautifully restored 1905 Erie.  The award for preservation and provenance, going to the original machine with best documented history, presented by Concours Board Member John Duss, went to the stunning 1912 Thor Board Track Racer owned by the Allen County Museum in Lima, Ohio.

The 1912 Thor is among the most original early racing motorcycles in the world.  It is preserved in original paint, with original racing saddle, “Blue-Streak” racing tires, chains, and number plate. The bike is still displayed with its original racing crate, in which is was shipped from the factory to its owner and from race to race.  Original F.A.M. specifications sheet, and the rider’s F.A.M. racing license is still attached to the inside of the crate.

Congratulations, to the Allen County Museum, and thank you from Wheels Through Time for letting us share your machine with the world.

Wheels Through Time Partners with The Home Depot Foundation to help Veterans.

Wheels Through Time is proud to announce that it will be partnering with The Home Depot Foundation this spring in a fundraising effort to help improve the homes and lives of United States veterans.

CREW AND WLAOur nation’s veterans made great sacrifices for the freedom we enjoy today.  But they can face major challenges, from housing and unemployment to disabilities.  The Home Depot Foundation’s mission is to ensure every veteran has a place to call a home, and now Wheels Through Time has joined the cause.

On April 17, 2014 Wheels Through Time Museum Founder and Curator, Dale Walksler will attend a Community Building Invitational hosted by The Home Depot Foundation. During this event, more than 250 volunteers from The Home Depot® and their vendor partners will collaborate to transform a permanent supportive housing facility for Atlanta area veterans.

While Dale will be on hand volunteering his time and skills, his largest contribution to the event comes in the form of a vintage military motorcycle specially restored by Walksler in the museum’s restoration shop, to be raffled off as a fundraiser. After obtaining two of the earliest motorcycles used by the United States Air Force, Dale spent months restoring a genuine 1942 Harley-Davidson Military Model in identical trim to the two former Air Force Machines found just months earlier.  The machine will be unveiled during The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Building Invitational on April 17.

“We were more than excited to get involved with The Home Depot Foundation and their efforts to support veterans,” said Walksler.  “During World War II this motorcycle was built to serve our country , and I’m so happy that 70 years later it’s still here to help give back to those who have given so much.”

The discovery and restoration of the 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA being raffled by The Home Depot Foundation, and its unveiling at the April 17 Community Building Invitational will be featured during season two of Wheels Through Time’s hit television series “What’s In The Barn?” on Velocity TV.

Each year, The Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot completes hundreds of volunteer projects and pledge millions of dollars to improve homes and lives for veterans in local communities, as part of its five-year, $80 million commitment to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home.

To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation and to see Team Depot in action visit HomeDepotFoundation.org. For information about Wheels Through Time Museum, visit WheelsThroughTime.com.

WTT Headed to 2014 Las Vegas Auction!

lasvegasauctionfbComing up this January 9-11, 2014, Wheels Through Time Museum is headed to back to the annual Las Vegas Antique Motorcycle Auction.  Over the past 23 years, the Las Vegas Auction has seen millions worth of the world’s most historic vintage motorcycles bought and sold.  Put on by MidAmerica Auctions, the sale is held at the South Point Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, and annually includes over 500 bikes ranging from rare and primitive early relics to newer, more conventional road-ready classics.

Museum Curator Dale Walksler heads to the sale looking for rare finds, but also makes the trip each year to help find new homes for a few select motorcycles.  Last year, on an episode of “What’s In the Barn?”, Dale assisted in the sale of 3 spectacular original bikes — a 1905 Reading Standard, a 1912 Pierce Single, and a 1913 Harley Single — each of which had been owned by the same family for 100 years.  Each of the machines brought record prices, and both buyer and seller walked away happy.

DSC_0647For 2014, Dale has upped the ante.  This year, he’s got six auction slots to fill and will be bringing several rare early American motorcycles from the barn to the bidder.  Bikes include a rare 1914 Jefferson Racer, an original 1912 Pope, one of only a handful of 1913 Arrows, a 1926 Super X, and a hot-rod 1928 Harley-Davidson 2-cam Cutdown! That leaves one spot out of six left, and Dale’s promised to keep this one a surprise.

Each of these bikes has a great story to tell.  The 1914 Jefferson, ’12 Pope, and 1914 Jefferson are from the Dave Leitner Collection, with all work performed by 2-time Motorcycle Cannonball Winner, Brad Wilmarth. The 1926 Super X was featured on a 1st season episode of “Whats In the Barn?”, and was once owned by Jim Gallager, who played a part in keeping the rare Crocker marque of motorcycle on the road.  And lastly, the 1928 Harley-Davidson Cutdown, which was built by 90-year-old antique motorcycle guru, Glenn Harding.  Glenn built the bike from the ground up, and will be donating all of the proceeds from the sale to his church!

Its going to be quite a weekend, with over 600 bikes in the sale and the world of old motorcycles waiting to bid.

For more information on the Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction, visit MidAmericaAuctions.com.

And the WTT Motorcycle Raffle Winner Is……..

DSC_0401After a full year of anticipation, the Annual Wheels Through Time Museum Motorcycle Raffle Giveaway is in the books, and another lucky winner has been chosen to take home a piece of genuine motorcycle history.

On Saturday, November 18th, over 2500 visitors from near and far descended on Wheels Through Time to witness the museum’s 11th Annual Raffle in as many years. Dry weather and warm November temperatures made for a perfect day for the event, which draws one of the biggest museum crowds of the year.  A TV production crew at Wheels Through Time was also on hand to film the event for an upcoming episode of “What’s in the Barn?”, Velocity’s new hit series, which stars museum curator, Dale Walksler.

DSC_0275The raffle is WTT’s largest fundraiser, and helps keep the museum up and running.  Each year, proceeds go directly to creating new exhibits, enhancing current displays, expanding interpretation, and improving general operations. This year’s Grand Prize was a stunner — a beautiful 1939 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead Bobber brought back to life in the Wheels Through Time Restoration Shop.

Many of the visitors took part in the Annual Haywood County Toy Run, which began in Canton, NC and made its way to WTT in Maggie Valley.  Now in its 22nd year, the Haywood County Toy Run brings thousands of motorcyclists together to raise funds for underprivileged youth in Haywood County.  Put on by Blue Ridge Thunder Motorcycle Club, the run has raised approximately $150,000 since it began in 1992.  This year, almost 1000 bikes signed up from the run, from as far away as New York and Texas.  When it came DSC_0341time for the drawing, one little girl from the crowd was chosen to pick the winning ticket.

The Grand Prize winner was Mr. Randy Horn from Chester, South Carolina.  Randy visited the museum with friends in June 2013, during the museum’s “What’s In the Barn?” Season Premier Party.  While touring the museum, Randy took a chance on the ’39 Knucklehead Bobber and purchased 14 tickets for the drawing.  Little did he know, that less than six month later, he would be chosen as the lucky winner of a WTT-built classic.

It didn’t take long for Randy to decide that he’s taking the bike instead of the cash prize. “I was working…having one of the worst ay’s I’d had in a while,” he said. “Ther couldn’t have been a better thing to brighten my day!”  It’ll make a great addition to the garage.

DSC_0391Luckily, Randy has a bit of experience when it comes to old motorcycles.  He owns a few himself, including a 1947 Knucklehead that he’s been riding for over 30 years!  He has been a member of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America for 12 years, and is the current president of the club’s Catawba Chapter, which is based near his home in South Carolina. He has visited the museum on several occasions since it relocated to Maggie Valley, the first time being in 2002 before the museum was officially open.  He’s been buying tickets for the annual motorcycle raffle since his first few visits, each time assuring himself that “This year, this bike is gonna be mine!”

This makes the second year in a row that a member of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America has won the Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Raffle Grand Prize.  Last year’s winner was James Eldridge from High Ridge, Missouri.  James has been spotted at various AMCA meets and ride-ins on the museum’s previous raffle machine — a 1932 Harley-Davidson VL Hot Rod Bobber.

And in case you were wondering how Wheels Through Time is going to up the ante for the 2014 Motorcycle Giveaway, Dale and crew have decided to offer not one, but two Grand Prize machines for next years raffle — a pair of hot-rod Harley-Davidson VL Flathead Bobbers.  The pair will be raffled off next November to two lucky winners.  For more information on the 2014 Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Raffle, visit  www.WheelsThroughTime.com/2014raffle.

Dale Wins The 2013 “Race of the Century” @ the Barber Vintage Festival!

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The Line-up is set for the 2013 Century Race

This past Saturday, October 12th, several of the world’s most ancient motorcycles took to the track at the 9th annual Barber Vintage Festival, in hopes of becoming the newest champion of the race for America’s oldest bikes.  For just under a decade, the Barber “Race of the Century” has been one of the most anticipated vintage motorcycle events of the fall, pitting 100+ year old machines against each other on the world-class 2.3 mile road course at the Barber Motorsports Park.

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The Barber Road Course is 2.3 miles and features 18 turns and 85 feet of elevation change — quite a test for 100 year old bikes!

The race annually takes place during the Barber Vintage Festival, America’s largest and fastest growing antique motorcycle event.  This year, over 75,000 attendees were on hand for the three-day event, which is regarded as the most comprehensive celebration of vintage motorcycles on the planet. The event boasts a full schedule of road-racing, motocross, and trials events, as well as swapmeet, numerous bike shows, a motorcycle auction and more.

This year’s “Race of the Century” fielded almost a dozen rare machines dating back to the earliest days of motorcycling.  Machines had to be at least 100 years old to compete, and this year many new entries were brought out to take advantage of the eligibility of the 1913 model year.  WTT’s Dale Walksler was aboard one of the oldest machines in the race — a 1912 Indian Twin — aboard which he claimed victory in 2012.  Matt Walksler also represented WTT on a 1913 Harley Twin, and rival Joe Gardella came prepared with another 1913 Harley.  John Manifee rounded out the Twin Class with his 1912 Indian Twin

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Dale poses for a picture with his 1912 Indian Twin. He captured victory on this machine in 2012.

When asked about whether he was nervous about the “newer” competition in the race, Dale offered only a smile, as if he had a trick or two up his sleeve for the Indian.

At the drop of the green flag, the twins roared ahead, leaving the much slower Single cylinder machines behind.  Dale’s son Matt took an early lead, but failed to complete the first of two laps with fuel delivery problems.

Joe Gardella aboard the 1913 Harley and Dale aboard the 1912 Indian battled for the lead much of the race, until Gardella’s machine began to develop a misfire.  Rider John Manifee was able to gain ground during the battle for first, eventually overtaking Dale on the backstretch.

As Manifee and Walksler emerged from the final turn onto the finish line straight away, the race was neck and neck.   The finish came down to the wire, with Dale pulling ahead in the nick of time, winning by less than a bike-length in a photo finish and certainly the closest “Race of the Century” to date. “When racing one of these 100-year old bikes, literally anything can happen,” said Dale.  “Luckily, my machine had a little extra speed in store for the finish.”

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Dale and John Manifee cross the finish line in a photo finish. Dale edged out Manifee by a nose for his 2nd straight victory in the Barber Race of the Century.

The victory makes two in a row for Walksler and the 1912 Indian, and his 4th victory in total. Look for him to pilot the same machine in 2014 in hopes of bringing home three straight victories.

New Cable-TV Series featuring WTT Taking Off This Summer!

"Whats In The Barn" Begins
Airing June 18th on Velocity TV!!!

Check your local listings for Velocity TV

Beginning this summer, Wheels Through Time Museum will be coming to a television near you.  On Tuesday, June 18th, the first episode of "What’s In The Barn" starring Dale Walksler will debut at 10:30 p.m. on Velocity TV.

"What’s In the Barn" brings the world of America’s rarest motorcycles and autos to your living room, focusing on the hunt for hidden treasure tucked away in America’s barns.   Dale Walksler has spent his life searching high and low for these long since forgotten gems, uncovering history in some of the most unusual and extraordinary  places.  As his passion grew, so did his collection, eventually evolving into the motorcycle Mecca that is Wheels Through Time Museum.   With over 350 machines on display inside the 38,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, one would think he’d be running out of room.  But the search for history continues, and "What’s in the Barn" is your ticket inside the unique life led by one of America’s foremost treasure hunters.

Whats In The Barn Starring Dale Walksler of Wheels Through Time Museum begins airing on June 18th!Walksler relocated Wheels Through Time from Mt. Vernon, IL  to Maggie Valley, North Carolina in 2002, and hasn’t looked back since.   Since its reopening, the museum has hosted over a half-million visitors, and the collection continues to grow due to Walksler’s undying passion for the rare and antique. 

Velocity TV a cable- and satellite-television channel owned by Discovery Communications.  Officially launched on October 4, 2011 Velocity focuses on automotive, motorcycle, and sports programming.  "Whats in the Barn" is produced by Chet Burks Productions, who has a long track of producing quality programming for both Velocity and SpeedTV.  

The premier of the first episode of "Whats in the Barn" will air on Tuesday,  June 18 at 10:30 after the season finale of "Chasing Classic Cars".  The following week, the new show moves to the 10:00 slot for the duration of the 8-episode season.  Velocity TV is distributed through Charter (Channel 778), DirectTV (Channel 281) and Dish Network (Channel 364), among other service providers.

For more information on Wheels Through Time and "What’s In The Barn", visit the museum’s website at www.WheelsThroughTime.com.

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Click on the photo to the right for a behind the scenes slideshow with Sneak Peaks of WTT’s new series "Whats In The Barn" on Velocity TV!!!

And don’t forget to tune in on Tuesday June 18th @ 10:30 p.m. for the first episode of "Whats In The Barn"!!!


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WTT 1949 Veritas Places 2nd at Amelia Island Concours

On Sunday, March 10th, thousands from around the world gathered for the
east coast’s premier gathering of rare automobiles and motorcycles —
The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.   The invite-only show annually
attracts many of the worlds rarest and most significant two- and
four-wheeled machines.

This
year, Wheels Through Time Founder and Curator, Dale Walksler was
invited to enter his 1949 Veritas in a new class called the "What Were
They Thinking?" Class.  The class consisted of several automotive
oddities, ranging from pre-production prototypes to concept cars to
one-of-a-kind autos.   Dale’s Veritas would be right at home in the
class, with its unorthodox styling and and unique history.

Simply referred to as "The Veritas", this fantastic machine was purchased from a gas station by the late Lee Hartung
in the early 1960s.  Lee retired the car to his 4-acre museum
in Glenview, IL, having never heard the car run or seen drive under its
own power.  The 1949 example is one of approximately 70 cars
built.  Powered by a 328c.i. BMW Inline 6-cylinder OHV factory racing
engine, the car features all tubular chassis, racing "knock-off" wheels,
and racing suspension — it is essentially a racecar, with road model
coach work and styling.  The unusual body was specially designed in East
Germany by the Spohn Company, constructed of both steel and aluminum,
and was likely what sparked the cars inclusion in the new "What Were
They Thinking" Class.

Hartung
owned the machine for almost 50 years. After Hartungs passing, Walksler
purchased it at the Auctions America hosted estate sale, where it was
considered the highlight of the auction. 

Upon relocating the car
to Wheels Through Time, Walksler and friend Eugene Smyers promptly got
to work in an effort to bring the back to running order.  Every attempt
was made to preserve the look and appearance of the 64 year old original
survivor, while taking all necessary steps to return the car to
mechanical perfection.  After six months and near 1000 hours of labor,
the powerful BMW racing engine roared to life for the first time since
even before Hartung found it.  And boy, what a sound. 

Its
appearance at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance marked the first
time the car had been publicly shown outside of Wheels Through Time or
Hartungs own museum — and as expected, it wowed the judges and
spectators alike, taking home the award for 2nd Place in its class. 

Learn more about The Veritas, here.

 

WTT on “Small Town Big Deal” — Airing March 14th!

This coming Thursday , March 14th, at 9:30 p.m., RFD-TVs newest hit show "Small Town Big Deal" will bring its viewers to the little town of Maggie Valley to visit the Wheels Through Time Museum, highlighting one of America’s most famous motorcycling destinations and how it came to be in the small town Maggie Valley, North Carolina.

The crew spent the better part of an entire day filming at the museum last October, highlighting not only the great stories of countless machines housed within the 38,000 square foot facility, but the story of how the museum came into being and the path traveled to develop it into what it is today — the country’s premier collection of rare and significant American motorcycles and autos.

Host Rodney Miller was more than impressed with the museum, and called it the "most amazing collection of rare motorcycles [he’d] ever seen, and the best venue to learn the history of these rare motorbikes."

"Small Town Big Deal" began airing in September 2012. The show is hosted by Rodney Miller, who grew up in the small town of Benton, Illinois, not far from the original location of Wheels Through Time and Dale’s Harley-Davidson in Mt. Vernon, IL. Miller made his mark in the agricultural industry, serving as CEO of McCormick International and Montana Tractors, and was instrumental in establishing US operations for Valtra Tractors, and territory management for Long and Mahindra Tractors. You could say that enthusiasm for cultivating the land has been in his blood from the very start.

Miller also has a deep-rooted love for small town life, and out of this passion arose his idea to shine the spotlight on the wonderful stories from the small rural communities across America.
The new episode featuring Wheels Through Time Museum will air at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14th on RFD-TV.

RFD-TV is a channel that is devoted to rural issues, concerns, and interests. The networks name is a reference to Rural Free Delivery, the proper name given to the U.S. Postal Service’s system of delivering mail directly to rural patrons.

For more information, visit the Small Town Big Deal website, at www.smalltownbigdeal.com, or visit the Wheels Through Time website at www.WheelsThroughTime.com.

 

WTT Heading To 2013 Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction!

Each year in Janaury, the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada play host to vintage motorcycle enthusiasts and collectors from around the world when the Las Vegas Antique Motorcycle Auction comes to town. Put on by Mid-America Auctions, this three-day event brings literally hundreds of machines to the auction block, including many exceptionally rare American-made motorcycles dating back to the early 1900s, and sometimes even earlier. This year’s auction is slated for January 10th-12th, and has garnered the attention of the motorcycle world even more-so than in years past, as over 600 machines spanning over a century have been consigned for sale.

For twenty-two years now, the Las Vegas Auction has helped determine the marketplace for vintage and antique collector motorcycles. Over more than two decades, the auction has become the largest single motorcycle sale on the planet, breaking its own record numerous times. But the auction serves as more than just a venue for buying and selling motorcycles. Fittingly, it has become one of the premier social events for the unique and diverse breed of vintage motorcycle collectors. Where else can one mingle with thousands of like minded enthusiasts, while watching millions of dollars in machines roll across the auction block, and maybe even throw in a bid here and there too. 

As in years past, Wheels Through Time Museum curator Dale Walksler will be heading out west for the event, but this time he’s going for more than just fun! Early this winter, Dale was contact by three individuals who were interested in finding their machines new homes, and agreed to represent each seller and their respective machines at the auction. And these aren’t your ordinary motorcycles either!

Each of the three machines are exceptionally rare, early American motorcycles, preserved in remarkable original condition. First, a 1905 Reading Standard "Pocket-Valve Special" — a machine that hadn’t seen the light of day in more than 100 years. The bike still retains the original seat and tires. Second, a beautiful 1913 Harley Model 9-B, which remained in the Cincinnati area since it was sold new. Dale and crew managed to get this one running in a half-hour after it sat idle in a shed for 80 years.   

1912 Pierce Belt-Drive Two-Speed Single Lastly, perhaps what will be the most unique machine at the auction — the Belle of the Ball — a 1912 Belt-Driven Pierce Two-Speed. This motorcycle remains in fantastic original condition, and shows virtually no signs of wear. Preserved in its original maroon paint with gold striping, the bike still retains the tandem seat, original V-belt, and original white tires. After only a few minutes of work on the machine, Dale had it up and running as if it was new. Look for this one to be a highlight of the sale, as it is one of the most unique and original Pierces in existence.

And the provenance doesn’t stop there — all three bikes have been in their respective families for over a century. This January 10th-12th, each will find a new owner for the first time in 100 years. 

Dale will also be taking a few of his own machines to the block, including a nicely restored 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo-Glide, and a very rare 1948 Norton Manx TT Racer with Southern California racing history!

During the auction, Dale and the Wheels Through Time crew will be continuing to shoot for their upcoming Discovery Channel series, which is slated to air in early February. 

For more information on Mid-America’s Las Vegas Antique Motorcycle Auction and to watch the auction online Thursday-Saturday, visit www.MidAmericaAuctions.com.


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