Wheels Through Time 8th Anniversary Celebration July 4th Weekend

Celebrate your July 4th Weekend At Wheels Through Times 8th AnniversaryThe Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley is celebrating its 8th Anniversary in Maggie Valley this July 4th weekend.  The anniversary festivities will run from Thursday through Monday, July 1-5, from 9a.m.-5p.m..  Regarded as the country’s premier collection of American motorcycles, the museum officially opened its doors Independence Day weekend of 2002, and has since hosted over 500,000 visitors to the new Western NC location. 

During the anniversary weekend, the museum will be giving away 500 American Flags to visitors throughout the weekend in celebration of our nations birthday.  Veterans, active-duty, and retired military will receive complimentary admission to the museum, and will be awarded with an honorary 2-year museum membership for their service to our country.  During the Wheels Through Time’s  last Veteran’s Salute, held over Memorial Day weekend, the museum gave away almost 300 memberships to past and present service members.

"Its our way of thanking all those who have served our country past and present," says Walksler.  "On our nations birthday, its important to recognize all those who have help make our country what it is today"

As part of the museum’s 8th anniversary celebration, the staff will be firing up eight of the rarest machines in the museum collection dating back to 1903.  "The line-up of machines we have prepared for this weekend reads like a ‘who’s who’ of America’s rarest motorcycles," said museum curator, Dale Walksler. "Many of these machines are so rare that they can only be seen by the public eye in one place — at Wheels Through Time." 

Of the rare machines slated for regular demonstration over the weekend, few have been run for visitors over the museum’s eight year operations in Maggie Valley.  Among these machines are a rare 1909 Pierce four-cylinder motorcycle formerly owned by Steve McQueen; a very rare 1912 belt-driven Excelsior in original condition; and the museum’s 1903 Indian, which is both the museum’s oldest machine and the world’s oldest running Indian motorcycle.  However, the highlights of the weekend demonstrations will include the firing several "one-of-a-kind" motorcycles that are considered to be some of the rarest motorcycles in existance.  The world’s only existing 1909 Reading Standard racer, what is regarded as the world’s most intricate early American racing motorcycle, will be run for the first time since the museum’s relocation, as will the museum’s 1921 serial number #1 Harley-Davidson SCA boardtrack racer

The one and only Traub, on display at Wheels Through TimeBut perhaps the most intriguing machine to be demonstrated over 4th of July weekend will be the museum’s 1917 Traub.  Regarded as the rarest motorcycle in the world, the Traub has a story that’s puzzled historians and enthusiasts since it was discovered over 40 years ago.  Found behind a brick wall during the renovation of a Chicago apartment building in 1967, the Traub is a marvel of engineering unrivaled by even the largest motorcycle manufacturers of the era.  Thought to be the only Traub motorcycle ever produced, the machine is decades ahead of its time, yet no clue to its origin exists.  It has been on display at Wheels Through Time since 1995 and continues to baffle even the most seasoned of vintage motorcycle experts, with its unique styling, intricate design, and incomparable power for its era.

Founded in 1992 by museum curator, Dale Walksler, Wheels Through Time houses over 320 all-American made machines dating back to 1903, and over 25,000 pieces of memorabilia telling the story of America’s 100-plus year love of transportation.  Nearly all of the hundreds of machines within the museum’s walls are kept in running and operating condition, and are run regularly to give visitors a deeper glimpse into their usefulness, purpose, and capability. 

The museum’s 8th Anniversary Celebration will run from Thursday-Monday, July 1-5, 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.

New Videos on the Time Machine!!!

Hello all,

Things have been busy here at Wheels Through Time.  Since we expanded our schedule on May 1st, the museum has hosted visitors from all around the country, and as far away as Australia.  Over the past 8 months, several new and rare machines have made their way to the museum, many of which will be brought back to running and operating condition over the next year or so.  We’ll be shooting videos for The Time Machine on many of these projects, which include a 1952 Harley-Davidson "Barn Find" Panhead, a very rare 1926 Harley 350 Peashooter, and the one I’m most looking forward to — the 1916 One-of-a-kind Harley-Davidson Sidecar….that you drive from the sidecar.

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Currently, there are 14 machines being brought back to life in the Wheels Through Time Restoration Shop.  We’ll be keeping you up to date on many of these restorations, through both the blog and Time Machine Video section of our site.

Just yesterday, we uploaded several new shows for the Time Machine.  As you may know, we just finished up my 1916 Harley Cutdown last month, and were able to get plenty of video on the finishing touchs.  It was a heck of a rush to get in finished in Time for the CycleSource Big Mountain Run, and thanks to my dad, we were able to have here doing donuts in the parking lot when the crowd showed up.  Two new videos on the build of this machine are now online, and you can really feel the adrenaline once we got here fired for the first time.  Without a doubt, this was one of my favorite builds that I’ve ever been a part of.

We also recently uploaded two shows on the latest progress on the twin 1936 VLs that Dale is building for his dog Tater.  The "Tater Bikes" are coming along great, and over the next month or so, both will be up and running and ready for the road. 

Please check out the videos and let us know what you think. 

Talk to you again soon,

Matt

WTT Salutes Veterans Over Memorial Day Weekend!

This past Memorial Day Weekend, the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley opened its doors to a diverse crowd of over 1,500 visitors.  The museum, which announced special Memorial Day promotions in mid-May, dedicated the weekend opening to Veterans of the Armed Services and handed out over 500 free American Flags to attendees of the weekend salute.  Many rare and historic American military machines were featured throughout the weekend, with demonstrations and exhibitions of motorcycles used by American troops dating all the way back to 1917.

On Thursday, the museum offered free admission to all Haywood County residents and was met with great enthusiasm from local citizens.  In total, over 150 county residents visited the museum over the weekend, many for the first time, announcing they had no idea such a gem was in their own area.  "It was a pleasure to host so many visitors from right here in our own county," said museum curator Dale Walksler.  "With the fast pace of life these days, we often overlook many of the great things going on in our own back yard." 

For those who were unable to visit over Memorial Day, the museum will be offering free admission to Haywood County residents every Thursday throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

As part of the Memorial Day festivities, the museum also paid tribute to veterans and active- and retired- service members by offering both free admission and an honorary 2-year museum membership to those who have served our country.  From early Thursday through Monday evening, the museum hosted almost 300 veterans and extended over 290 honorary museum memberships. 

The Palm Tree Santas gave a special ceremony during the Museum's flag raising Memorial Day Weekend"This weekend was about all those who have served our country," said Walksler.  "We were honored to open our doors to those who have fought, and continue to fight for American freedom and extend our deepest gratitude for the sacrifices they’ve made.  It is a privilege to have them in our member ranks."

Saturday afternoon, the Palm Tree Santas Drill Team, a unique organization of American Veteran Santa Clauses from around the southeast, held an inspiring ceremony during the museum’s Memorial Day Flag Raising.  A crowd of two hundred gathered for the ceremony as a special rendition of "The Pledge of Allegiance" was given as a tribute to those who have given their lives for our country.

Museum staff were humbled by the great turnout and reception during the Flag Raising.  "Our visitors were excited to be a part of the ceremony, and an air of humility and patriotism was felt throughout the museum for the rest of the weekend," said museum store manager, Knealie True.

Wheels Through Time’s next Veteran’s Salute will be July 4th weekend, during the museum’s 8th Anniversary Celebration.  All active- and retired service members will receive free admission to the museum for the entire weekend and a 2-year honorary museum membership.

For more information about Wheels Through Time or their upcoming July 4th Veteran’s Salute, visit their website, located at www.WheelsThroughTime.com or call (8280 926-6266.