New Videos on the Time Machine

Hello All,

I’d like to start off by wishing everyone a Happy Holiday Season.  This year has been a great one so far. We at the museum hosted a record number of visitors, meeting many new faces along the way.  Although the museum has been closed for a month now, we’ve been working hard to keep the mission of the museum as alive as ever.  We’ve finished several of the on-going projects here at the museum, and have begun several more along the way. 

We’ve also been working hard to keep bringing you new shows on The Time Machine.  With so much going on here everyday, we’ve been keeping the pace with our Time Machine programming to keep you up-to-date with the latest at Wheels Through Time.  We just release over 20 new shows on the site, and are producing more everyday. 

One of my favorites is our new series titled "The Ultimate ’49 Panhead", located in our Special Series category….and a special series it is!  A few months ago, I got a call from a museum visitor that decided after several years that he wanted to get his grandfather’s old 1949 Harley up and running again.  This machine had been sitting on his family’s front porch for over 40 years, and after visiting the museum, he decided to bring it to us to see what we could do.  After a quick look at the bike, we decided to get her back in to shape just the way she was.  Watch as this Ultimate ’49, after 40 years of neglect and one long night in the shop, roars back to life with a little bit of elbow grease.

Another of my favorites is a series about our new 2009 Wheels Through Time Raffle Bike — the 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead we just built in the shop.  A far cry from our bobber raffle bikes in the past, this ’47 Knuck is dressed up with all the accesories, and brings back memories of an era gone by.  You can watch four great shows on the build of this one, as we bring you from a bear frame and pile of parts to a complete, running classic that you can win in less than a year.

In total, we’ve currently got over 230 shows online, and the latest release is sure to keep you as tuned-in as ever.  From feature bikes in the museum, to countless bike-build in the shop, and even a bit of drag racing with Matt and I, you can visit the museum everyday with a new show.  So check it out, and be sure to let me know what you think.

Happy Holidays,

-Dale

Allen Saum Wins 6th Annual WTT Raffle!!!

See the 2008 Raffle Bike Build Videos, Here!!!

Allen Saum of Pawleys Island Wins the 2008 WTT RaffleOn Saturday, November 15, 2008, the Wheels Through Time Museum held its sixth annual raffle drawing in Maggie Valley, NC in front of a cheery, winter afternoon crowd.  Held during the annual Haywood County Toy Run, put on by the local Blue Ridge Thunder Motorcycle Club, this year’s drawing saw another great turnout, despite threatening weather throughout the morning.  Over one thousand toy-runners and museum visitors gathered for the 2:00 p.m. drawing, hoping their name would be announced as the lucky winner of a 1940 Harley-Davidson.

This year’s winner was Allen Saum of Pawley’s Island, South Carolina.  Allen happened to visit the museum merely by chance after bumping into museum curator, Dale Walksler, at a convenient store in February of this year.  On a trip with his son’s boy scout troop, Allen stoped for gas on the way out of town and, after meeting Dale, decided to bring the troop to Wheels Through Time for a tour.  After a guided afternoon tour with the museum staff, Allen and a few of the other parents in the group bought tickets.  Over nine months later, Allen received the call letting him know that he was the lucky winner.

The 2008 Grand Prize was a genuine 1940 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead built by museum curator, Dale Walksler, in the Wheels Through Time restoration shop.  The museum has held an annual raffle fundraiser since 2002, and has featured Grand Prize machines such as a 1951 Harley-Davidson Panhead, a 1936 Harley-Davidson VLH, and a 1946 Harley-Davidson Flathead "forty-five".  Winners of the raffle have emerged from Massachusetts to as close as Gatlinburg, TN, with Pawley’s Island being the newest addition to the list.

To see live video coverage from this year’s raffle drawing, as well as he build of this year’s grand prize, visit the museum’s website, located at www.WheelsThroughTime.com.  To date, the museum has produced hundreds of online videos ranging from virtual tours and feature bikes, to event, tech and restoration shows.  The site currently contains over 250 online motorcycle videos, and as of mid-December 2008, you’ll be able to see seven shows on the build of Wheels Through Time’s 2009 Grand Prize — a 1940 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead.  Next year’s drawing will be held during November 2009, and will mark the seventh machine given away at the museum.  Ticket specials are 1 for $10, 3 for $20, and 7 for $50 w/ free t-shirt and DVD, and are on sale via the Wheels Through Time website.

For more information, call the museum at (828) 926-6266 or email at info@wheelsthroughtime.com.