25th Anniversary Great Race To Stop At Wheels Through Time


 Worlds Richest Old Car Race Stops at "Wheels"

Great Racers Make Lunch Stop While Chasing $250,000 Purse

 

    Orange, California,   June 15, 2007  —  The Great Race is gearing up for a great summer!  The Great Race has announced that Wheels Through Time Museum, in Maggie Valley, North Carolina will be an Official Host for Great American Race 2007.  The cross-country race for classic cars, hot rods and muscle cars will celebrate its 25th Anniversary at a lunch stop at Wheels Through Time on July 1, 2007 as part of its 4,000 mile journey across the U.S.  

    “Wheels Through Time Museum is proud to host the Great American Race during its 25th Anniversary,” said Dale Walksler, curator of the Wheels Through Time Museum, in Maggie Valley, NC.   “It truly is an All-American event and we look forward to sharing that with the residents and visitors to our area.  It’s family fun at its best, so if you’re in the area, be sure to stop by.”

    “We are pleased to bring the Great American Race 2007 to Maggie Valley, North Carolina during our 25th Anniversary,” said Bill Ewing, CEO for Rally Partners, Inc., the event organizers.  “The Great Race is a great community event that appeals to anyone who loves automobiles, plus it’s always free to the public so I’m confident that the visitors to the Wheels Through Time Museum to see the Great Race will enjoy the experience.”  The Great Race has been to Maggie Valley only one time, in 2003.

    2007 also marks the 75th Anniversary of the Ford 1932 “Deuce”.  In honor of the celebration,  Great American Race 2007 has been expanded to include two special events.  Deuce Week East and Deuce Week West are one week races running concurrently with Great American Race 2007 and feature ’32 Fords of all configurations as well as hot rods, street rods, muscle cars and classic of any make and era.

    Great American Race, presented by Interstate Batteries, will begin on June 30, 2007 in Concord, NC and will finish two weeks later, on July 14 in Anaheim, California.  A field of up to 100 classic cars, all manufactured in 1969 or earlier are eligible to compete.  

    Great Race originates from the legendary “Greatest Auto Race” of 1908 that raced around the world from New York to Paris.  What was originally created to provide enthusiasts an opportunity to drive their classic cars has become an American Institution, attracting competitors from all over the world.  Great Racers have completed over 9,000,000 miles of the most scenic roads in North America, attracting fans of all ages to Great Race events where they meet the competitors that annually take to the highways in the ultimate automotive adventure.

    Great Race will go international in 2008 when it celebrates the Centennial of the 22,000-mile “Greatest Auto Race”, an around the world race that ran from New York to Paris in 1908.  

    ”Great Race World 35,000km New York to Paris” features alternative-powered automobiles and classic cars in a race around the world from New York to Paris, following much of the same route as the 1908 race.  For more information, please log on to www.greatrace2008.com.

About Rally Partners, Inc.
   
    For 24 years, the Great Race has delivered family entertainment and community events in more than 900 cities in North America.  Rally Partners, Inc., the event organizer, is focused on bringing experiential automotive events to consumers both nationally and internationally through Great Race Events.  Jack Roush, one of NASCAR’s leading team owners, and Corky Coker, CEO of Coker Tire, are two members of the Rally Partners organization.  For more information, visit www.greatrace.com.
   
Wheels Through Time has been in Maggie Valley, NC for five years and has been involved with the Great American Race since 1986.  For more information on the museum or the Great Race, please log onto WheelsThroughTime.com.

“My Classic Car” Comes To Maggie Valley

This Sunday, June 24, 2007, Speed Channel’s hit series My Classic Car comes to Maggie Valley, NC, showcasing the Wheels Through Time Museum, Western North Carolina’s mecca for vintage automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts.  The hit show, hosted by automotive guru Dennis Gage, airs Sundays at 8:00 a.m., and comes to Maggie Valley to get a glimpse at one of the World’s best antique automotive and motorcycle scenes, and take a ride in a few of America’s rarest vintage automobiles. 

My Classic Car and host Dennis Gage, now in their 11th season, travel the country visiting some of the most prestigious car shows, events, and venues in North America.  The series features major automobile shows and collections, with many episodes focusing on celebrities and prolific car collectors.  According to the show, “When it comes to the universal passion for the automobile, neither gender nor age is excluded and with Muscle cars, hot rods, local cruise-ins, museums, and more, My Classic Car has something for everyone.

The host of the show, Dennis Gage, is well-known for his seemingly boundless enthusiasm, his trademark “handlebar” mustache, and the catchphrase with which he ends every show, “Honor the timeless classics”.  

On his visit to Wheels Through Time, Gage holds true to his catchphrase, highlighting many of the rare and historic automobiles housed the museum.  Gage and museum curator, Dale Walksler, also take a ride on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway in a rare 1930 Cadillac V-16 Coupe, one of the many vintage autos at the museum ready for everyday use. “After driving and riding in this car, it was clearly apparent why Cadillac set the benchmark for luxury and performance for American cars,” said Gage.

Talk show host and comedian Jay Leno, an avid collector of everything automotive, once commented on the “Tonight Show” that My Classic Car was his favorite television program.

Initially broadcast on TNN the show about classic automobiles now airs on SPEED channel, one of America’s fastest growing cable networks and the leader in televised Motorsports.  Now in its eleventh season, My Classic Car has received numerous awards, including Industry Recognition Awards, International Automotive Media Awards, and the 2003 State Tourism Award in the Broadcast Travel Media category at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Biloxi, Mississippi.  

1929 Excelsior OHV 750

Excelsior’s dominance in hillclimbing was the epitome in 1930 with factory rider Gene Rhyne, winning the National Championship on August 17th at Mt. Garfield, Michigan. Authentic documents from these glory days are now passed on. The Wheels Through Time Museum has two of these rare machines.

Both are in original condition. Serial #3 is possibly Gene Rhyne’s machine and the other was owned and ridden by Andy Koslow of Chicago fame. Andy was a bicycle/motorcycle man who developed the "balanced engine" for Excelsior. It was acquired by Andy Koslow, Jr., grandson of the owner. It featured rare split tanks, probably a prototype of less than 25 subsequent built.

Back to "Slant Artists — A Tribute to American Hillclimb History"

Press Pass Information

Welcome to the Wheels Through Time Press Info page. The information contained in this section of our site is designed especially to meet the needs of the working press and our friends that continually bring visitors to the beautiful Maggie Valley North Carolina area. 

Each year, the Wheels Through Time Museum is surprised with its coverage across the country in articles written by folks we didn’t even know were coming, have heard about or have visited the museum.

We hope that you will find this section helpful as you begin your research on the Wheels Through Time Museum and The Time Machine. Please contact us (press@wheelsthroughtime.com) for personal assistance with your work.  Our Public Relations staff can help you with interviews for your story, photographs,  video clips, great companion ideas or assist in other special needs. 

You may also want to consider using any of the "information-to-go" articles in the Press Pass  section, or find out what’s happening at the Wheels Through Time Museum within our website and news sections.

Obtaining a Time Machine Press Pass

Obtaining a Press Pass

We want to invite you to a front row seat to the inner workings of the museum and this website by offering you a temporary promotion code to enter The Time Machine, our subscription based section of the site. It is here that you will have access to hundreds of videos ranging from interviews and events to building and repairing the vintage bikes that make The Wheels Through Time , "The Museum That Runs".

These are the steps to follow:

  1. Register as a member of the Wheels Through Time Website.  This will give you access to a second level of infomation available on the site.  As well as access to more of the Time Machine Videos.

  2. Contact us for a promotion code which will grant you temporary access to the third level of the website,  the subscription based section of the website – The Time Machine.  When you receive this code, if you are not already logged into the Wheels Through Time Website, do so now.  Once logged in as a registered member, you will see additional menu items  in the navigation links area.  One of the available links will be "Promotion Code".  Click this link and enter your code. You will receive a notice that your registration has been moved to the subscription group.
  3. You must log out of the website and log back in – You will see a "log out" link in the user menu to your right.  Once clicked, you will then see a second log out button in the middle of the screen.  Please click the button to log out. 
  4. To log back in,  navigate to the home page and you will see the login form window.  Log in using the username and password you used to register and you will now have total access to the site.

If at any time you have questions or problems with the promotion code, please let us know. 

Answer Two

Question:  Jason from Alabama asks:  would honor your personal stories and add them to the collection of memories housed at Wheels Through Time.

Answer:  Wheels Through Time Museum is proud to showcase the World of Women on Motorcycles. A historical perspective through the lenses of unknown photographers. Their images, the memories of loved ones and a few relics of our two wheel past are all that remain.

This unique exhibit is a work in progress. At regular intervals during the span of the exhibit new photographs and stories will be introduced. Perhaps you may have a collection of similar photographs that you would like to share with the world. Wheels Through Time would honor your personal stories and add them to the collection of memories housed at Wheels Through Time.

Answer One

Question:  Jason from Alabama asks:  would honor your personal stories and add them to the collection of memories housed at Wheels Through Time.

Answer:  Wheels Through Time Museum is proud to showcase the World of Women on Motorcycles. A historical perspective through the lenses of unknown photographers. Their images, the memories of loved ones and a few relics of our two wheel past are all that remain.

This unique exhibit is a work in progress. At regular intervals during the span of the exhibit new photographs and stories will be introduced. Perhaps you may have a collection of similar photographs that you would like to share with the world. Wheels Through Time would honor your personal stories and add them to the collection of memories housed at Wheels Through Time.

1908 Indian Twin Cylinder Full Article

Established in 1901, in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Indian Motorcycle Company was a leader in the industry from its earliest days. Production of its cylinder model designed by Carl Oscar Hedstrom featured a 38 cubic inch 1 over E twin cylinder motor with a unique intake valve mechanism.

This engine design was upgraded and produced through 1915. During these years, Indian was the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in America. This unique 1908 model survived in Colorado for ninety-two years. It features a unique tandem seat and bars and a large non-standard fuel tank on the upper frame tube. The bike remains in original condition. Truly a milestone in American motorcycling.

Unusual features on this bike are the tandem seat arrangement. Also, the front fuel tank which is a non listed item on the sales brochure. The bike has the original colored license plate and original G & J tires. The serial number for this bike is #T778.

1916 Excelsior “Big Valve”

The 1916 Big Valve Excelsior was the first machine to average 100mph in a board track race.

The 61 cubic inch engine developed about 40 hp and used 2 1/4 inch valvesDisplayed in raced condition, this is one of the few remaining “Big Valve” Excelsior Motorcycles extant. Excelsior, the Chicago based firm owned and operated by Ignaz Schwinn of bicycle fame, produced limited quantities of racing specials all of which were highly successful. Factory riders, Bob Perry and Carl Goudy on similar models, achieved speeds in excess of 100 m.p.h. In late 1915 Carl Goudy captured the 300-mile event at Chicago’s famous Speedway Park Board Track. His average speed on the two-mile track was in excess of 85 m.p.h.

In addition to success in dirt and board events, Henderson/Excelsior four cylinder models claimed many Endurance and Cross Country records. In 1923, Wells Bennett smashed the three flag Canada to Mexico record covering 1700 miles in 46 hours, 9 minutes.

Schwinn also produced single and twin cylinder road models, which were very rugged and popular. In 1917, Ignaz Schwinn purchased the assets and marketing rights from the famed Henderson Brothers adding a four-cylinder machine to their line. In years to come Harley Davidson, Indian and Excelsior became known as the “Big Three.” Export business was brisk as were the four cylinder models that were the favorites among the police fraternity.

In March of 1931, Ignaz Schwinn shocked the motorcycle industry. He gathered his key personnel and announced “Boys, today we quit!” Motorcycle production ceased, although the manufacturer of motorcycles continued for over 60 years.

Back to “America on the Boards”