Motorcycle Kickstart Classic — October 5-7, 2011!

– A 2-day Ride from WTT to the Barber Vintage Festival –
October 5-7, 2011 — Maggie Valley – Rome, GA -Birmingham, AL

The First Ever Motorcycle KickStart Classic!!!Coming up this October 5-7, The Wheels Through Time Museum and American Iron Magazine will be hosting the first ever Motorcycle Kickstart Classic, a 2-day ride from WTT’s Maggie Valley location to the world renowned Barber Motorsports Museum for the 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival in Birmingham, AL.

The ride focuses on Kickstart Motorcycles of all makes and models, but of course, even newer machines of the non-kickstart variety are welcome!

The festivities will be begin with a special WTT museum opening on Wednesday, October 5th for all participants. At 10 a.m. on Thursday, riders will embark on a beautiful ride through the mountains of North Carolina, East Tennessee and North Georgia, including the famed Cherohala Skyway — one of TN and NC’s best motorcycle roads. Thursday evening, riders will pull into Panhead City in Rome, GA for an overnight stop before making the last leg of the ride from Rome to the Barber Museum in Birmingham.

This year’s ride is shaping up to be quite an event, as riders from across the country will be bringing out their vintage iron for the two-day run. American Iron Editor and Publisher Buzz Kanter will be aboard his trusty 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead, and both Dale and Matt from WTT have chosen two of their favorite mounts to make the 200+ mile run.

Once at the Barber Musuem, Motorcycle Kickstart riders will be welcomed in style, with their own special parking and display area and a parade lap on the world-class 2.4 mile race-track.

So whether you’re riding your favorite barn-find classic, a recently completed restoration project, or your brand new king of the highway, come on down to Wheels Through Time October 5th and join us for a fun weekend of riding you won’t forget!

Great Racing Video from Davenport AMCA Swapmeet and Races!

A few weeks back, team Wheels Through Time headed back to the race track, this time for the Davenport AMCA 1/2-mile dirt track races held over Labor Day Weekend.  This marks 30+ years that guys and girls from around the country have taken to the 1/2-mile oval on their vintage racers.

After having a blast at the Wauseon Races this past July, the excitement was high heading into this year’s races at Davenport.  With over 100 racers in various classes, spectators were treated to a great night of racing with stiff competition and great weather. 

Davenport marked the second race this year that Team Wheels Through Time would be fielding a bike in the ever-popular Board Track Class.  The racing this year was phenomenal, with a total of 12 riders in the class — the earliest being a 1914 Harley-Davidson ridden by Bill Rodencal from the Harley-Davidson Museum.

Each year, the laps seem to get faster and faster.  Bikes were tuned to top running order, and racers put it all on the line to see who’d come up champion of this year’s Board Track Class.  The final race results saw Jimmy Cahlik take first on a 1928 Harley, Mike Lange in second on his 1921 HD Banjo Two-Cam, Roy Taboada in third on the 1920 "Iron Dinosaur" Harley, and myself in fourth on the WTT-prepared 1924 Harley JDCA. 

The field was really flying this time, and speed recordings from tuner Dave Kafton’s radar gun showed straightaway speeds in excess of 75 mph!

Check out the video for a great "In-the-pits View" of what makes this class of racing so exciting!  If you’ve ever got the chance to make it to one of these meets, take advantage!  It’ll be an experience you won’t soon forget.

We’ve already begun preparing for next year’s races, and have recently found a few goodies that’ll make the old #22 racer quite a bit faster.  Stay tuned to the blog for regular updates!