Great Race at Wheels a Success

Great Race at "Wheels Through Time" a Success!

Maggie Valley, NC,  July 1, 2007 — What a day at Wheels Through Time!  On July 1, the 25th Anniversary Great American Race rolled into Maggie Valley for what would be a quick stop for lunch at the Wheels Through Time Museum.

The Great American Race, also known by many as the “World’s Richest Old Car Race”, began June 30 in Concord, NC and traveled to Spartanburg, SC for Stage 1 of its 14-day journey across the United States.  After their overnight stop in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, racers would make way to Chattanooga, TN stopping at “Wheels” for a midday break and bite to eat.

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New Records Set at Talladega

April 11, 2007

For Immediate Release
Fred Ham Celebration A Success:  New Records Set At Talladega
Contact: Matt Walksler, PR Director
Wheels Through Time Museum
PO Box 790 / 62 Vintage Lane
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
Telephone: (828) 926-6266
Email: mattw@wheelsthroughtime.com

Fred Ham Celebration a Success

New Records Set at Talladega

Wheels Through Time and Wayne Stanfield have made history…again!  On April 4, 2007, Stanfield, a 59-years old and a five-time winner of the Great American Race, and a team assembled by Dale Walksler, curator and founder of the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC, set out to re-break a 24-hour endurance record of 1825 miles in 24-hours at the infamous Talladega Superspeedway.

Aboard a 1937 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead, dubbed the “Fred Ham Special”, the team would set out to conquer the infamous feat set by Fred “Iron Man” Ham, a California Highway Patrolman, nearly seventy years later to the day.  The motorcycle fielded for the run was a purpose-built re-creation of Ham’s brand new ’37 Harley.  The run was the first known attempt to re-break the legendary record. 

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The collection was originally in Illinois. How did it get to Maggie Valley, NC?

As Wheels Through Time continued to grow, the need for a new and exciting location was apparent.  In 2001, a new building was constructed and the moving process began.  Over 10 months and 91,000 miles later, the collection was fully relocated to its new home.  Conveniently located at the Eastern Gateway to the Great Smokey Mountains, Wheels Through Time sits nestled in the middle of one of America’s greatest natural treasures.

Where did all of these motorcycles come from?

Of the nearly 300 motorcycles in the collection, each one has its own unique story. Motorcycles have come from as far as New Zealand and as close as just down the road.  They have been acquired from all walks, including famous racers, original owners, families, and friends, just to name a few. 

What is the concentration of the collection?

The collection at Wheels Through Time concentrates on American-made Motorcycles and Automobiles.  The collection is primarily pre-1950, however,  there are machines from periods later.  Motorcycles from 24 different brands and nine decades are represented in their natural settings

How was the collection started?

In 1989, Dale purchased a car collection from a close friend and housed them  in a 13,000 sq. ft. building adjacent to his Harley-Davidson dealership, thus beginning Dale’s Classic Cars.  However, motorcycles had always been  Walksler’s passion, and as the collection became more motorcycle oriented, Wheels Through Time was born in 1992.

George Clooney’s “Leatherheads”

May 7, 2007

For Immediate Release

Contact: Matt Walksler, PR Director
Wheels Through Time Museum
62 Vintage Lane / P.O. Box 790
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
Tele: (828) 926-6266

Wheels Through Time Assists in George Clooney’s “Leatherheads”
Hollywood comes to Maggie Valley for Vintage Sounds

(Maggie Valley, NC)

This past Sunday, May 5th, a group of Hollywood movie producers arrived at Wheels Through Time looking for help with George Clooney’s up and coming blockbuster release, Leatherheads.  The recent visit from producers, Edward Tise, Jason Johnston, and Nok Johnston, was made to capture the roaring sound of an authentic 1920s era motorcycle portrayed in the movie.

Clooney, who frequently rides a 1920s era Indian motorcycle throughout the story, sent Tise and crew to Wheels Through Time to capture the roaring sounds of some real American iron.  It didn’t take long for Tise to find what he was looking for among the countless machines housed in the museum.  “You can’t find these sounds just anywhere,” commented Tise, one of Hollywood’s top production sound editors.  “We knew that Wheels Through Time was the place to go.  Everything in this amazing collection runs, so we knew there would be plenty to choose from.”

Tise has been in the movie and sound industry for over thirty years and has been integral in such films as Swordfish, starring John Travolta and Halle Berry, Bad News Bears, with Billy Bob Thorton, and Grumpier Old Men, with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.  Over his 30 years in the industry, Tise has been nominated for various awards including the BAFTA Film Awards’ Best Sound Award for his work in the 1987 blockbuster Full Metal Jacket and the Golden Satellite Awards’ Best Sound Award for the 2000 hit movie “Eyes Wide Shut”.

Wheels Through Time curator, Dale Walksler, was more than obliged to assist in the matter.  “Having the opportunity to work with such accomplished individuals is not something that happens everyday.  It was an absolute pleasure to work with Edward, and he and his crew are certainly welcome at Wheels Through Time anytime.”

Oscar winners George Clooney and Renee Zellweger match wits in the romantic comedy, which is set against the backdrop of America’s pro-football league in 1925.  Clooney plays Dodge Connolly, an aging football hero determined to lead his misfit team to glory.  Zellweger and John Krasinski round out the cast, playing a spit-fire newswoman and a golden-boy war hero turned football star. 

“Leatherheads”, which is still in production, is scheduled for release on December 7, 2007 at theatres across America.

The motorcycle used for sound, as well as 275 of America’s rarest machines are on display at the Wheels Through Time Museum, seven days a week.  For more information, stop by Wheels Through Time in Maggie Valley or call the museum at (828) 926-6266.

For more information, please contact Director of Public Relations, Matt Walksler, by phone at (828) 926-6266 or via email at mattw@wheelsthroughtime.com

The Antique Motorcycle

The Antique Motorcycle – Winter 2005

"Simply Amazing! We can’t think of another museum that can offer this feature. This is as real as it gets. No canned demonstration on a video monitor."Referring to Dale kick-starting a display bike.

Marquee

Marquee – Winter 2005/2006
by William G. Carrington-Photos by Tom Raymond

"The museum has garnered honors from both motoring and tourism orgnaizations, including the coveted AAA-GEM (Great Experience for Members) designation, which the museum shares with the Biltmore Estates, among others. In addition, the Antique Auto Club of America (AACA) presented Wheels Through Time its Museum of the Year award."

 

Cycle World

Cycle World – October 2005

EASTERN MOUNTAIN TIME – by Peter Egan
On Saturday we had a big group ride up into the Smoky Mountains to a small town called Maggie Valley in North Carolina, home of the famousWheels Through Time Museum. This huge shrine to American motorcycles which is the brainchild of one Dale Walksler, who has so much energy and knowledge about old motorcycles he makes the average enthusiast feel starved for brain oxygen and low on coffee. His collection is magnificent-full of great displays and background settings for the old bikes. A must stop for anyone on a motorcycle trip in the region.

Dale gave me a ride in an old Henderson Four sidecar rig, and also in his 1949 Cadillac (which I needed to compare with my own ’53 Fleetwood) that used to belong to Steve McQueen. Then he guided us partway back through the mountains on his trusty’36 Harley prototype flathead 80, which he rides almost as fast as a modern sportbike, tank-shift and all.

Motolegende

Even the French can appreciate Dale’s
passion for bikes!

Here Dale is pictured in the 2005 July/August edition of Motolegende on his 1955 Harley Davidson 750 KRTT in Daytona Beach. I’d put a clip of the article in here but my French is not so good!

Honda RedRider

Honda gives Wheels Through Time a great write up!

"It’s not just a museum, it’s a gearhead’s dream come true." says Honda RedRider magazine in it’s 2004 July/August issue. It continues on to say…

According to Mirriam-Webster’s Dictionary, a treasure is "a collection of precious things that is very much valued." After a day’s visit to the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, it becomes clear there are two great treasures to experience – a jaw-dropping collection of 240 vintage American motorcycles and automobiles dating back to 1903, and the curator of this grand display himself, museum founder, Dale Walksler.

Rider Magazine

In February of 2004, Alan Mayes from Rider Magazine wrote:

Our visit (to WTT museum) was an extension of a few days; stay near Gatlinburg, TN. One hour on some of the best motorcycle roads in the east brought us right ot the door of the Wheels Through Time All-American Transportation Museum. Maggie Valley, nestled in the southwest corner of North Carolina, is only accessible by the dotted-line scenic roads. It is 30 minutes from Asheville, just a few miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway, at the base of the Smoky Mountains.