WTT 1949 Veritas Places 2nd at Amelia Island Concours

On Sunday, March 10th, thousands from around the world gathered for the
east coast’s premier gathering of rare automobiles and motorcycles —
The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.   The invite-only show annually
attracts many of the worlds rarest and most significant two- and
four-wheeled machines.

This
year, Wheels Through Time Founder and Curator, Dale Walksler was
invited to enter his 1949 Veritas in a new class called the "What Were
They Thinking?" Class.  The class consisted of several automotive
oddities, ranging from pre-production prototypes to concept cars to
one-of-a-kind autos.   Dale’s Veritas would be right at home in the
class, with its unorthodox styling and and unique history.

Simply referred to as "The Veritas", this fantastic machine was purchased from a gas station by the late Lee Hartung
in the early 1960s.  Lee retired the car to his 4-acre museum
in Glenview, IL, having never heard the car run or seen drive under its
own power.  The 1949 example is one of approximately 70 cars
built.  Powered by a 328c.i. BMW Inline 6-cylinder OHV factory racing
engine, the car features all tubular chassis, racing "knock-off" wheels,
and racing suspension — it is essentially a racecar, with road model
coach work and styling.  The unusual body was specially designed in East
Germany by the Spohn Company, constructed of both steel and aluminum,
and was likely what sparked the cars inclusion in the new "What Were
They Thinking" Class.

Hartung
owned the machine for almost 50 years. After Hartungs passing, Walksler
purchased it at the Auctions America hosted estate sale, where it was
considered the highlight of the auction. 

Upon relocating the car
to Wheels Through Time, Walksler and friend Eugene Smyers promptly got
to work in an effort to bring the back to running order.  Every attempt
was made to preserve the look and appearance of the 64 year old original
survivor, while taking all necessary steps to return the car to
mechanical perfection.  After six months and near 1000 hours of labor,
the powerful BMW racing engine roared to life for the first time since
even before Hartung found it.  And boy, what a sound. 

Its
appearance at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance marked the first
time the car had been publicly shown outside of Wheels Through Time or
Hartungs own museum — and as expected, it wowed the judges and
spectators alike, taking home the award for 2nd Place in its class. 

Learn more about The Veritas, here.

 

David Uhl Releases 2013 Daytona Commemorative Painting!

On March 7th, renowned Harley-Davidson artist, David Uhl released his new Daytona Commemorative Painting for 2013, and once again, blew us away with his ability to bring his canvases to life.  The subject of this years painting was inspired by a photo  taken during the beginnings of both motorcycling and avaition.

You might recognize a familiar face in the painting, which is set on Ormand Beach — The Birthplace of Speed — sometime in the mid-1930s.  Dale is hanging from the ladder!  The bike is a 1935 Harley-Davidson VL with left hand sidecar. 

Congrats David, and thanks for including Wheels Through Time in your amazing works!

For more information, visit www.UhlStudios.com.

WTT on “Small Town Big Deal” — Airing March 14th!

This coming Thursday , March 14th, at 9:30 p.m., RFD-TVs newest hit show "Small Town Big Deal" will bring its viewers to the little town of Maggie Valley to visit the Wheels Through Time Museum, highlighting one of America’s most famous motorcycling destinations and how it came to be in the small town Maggie Valley, North Carolina.

The crew spent the better part of an entire day filming at the museum last October, highlighting not only the great stories of countless machines housed within the 38,000 square foot facility, but the story of how the museum came into being and the path traveled to develop it into what it is today — the country’s premier collection of rare and significant American motorcycles and autos.

Host Rodney Miller was more than impressed with the museum, and called it the "most amazing collection of rare motorcycles [he’d] ever seen, and the best venue to learn the history of these rare motorbikes."

"Small Town Big Deal" began airing in September 2012. The show is hosted by Rodney Miller, who grew up in the small town of Benton, Illinois, not far from the original location of Wheels Through Time and Dale’s Harley-Davidson in Mt. Vernon, IL. Miller made his mark in the agricultural industry, serving as CEO of McCormick International and Montana Tractors, and was instrumental in establishing US operations for Valtra Tractors, and territory management for Long and Mahindra Tractors. You could say that enthusiasm for cultivating the land has been in his blood from the very start.

Miller also has a deep-rooted love for small town life, and out of this passion arose his idea to shine the spotlight on the wonderful stories from the small rural communities across America.
The new episode featuring Wheels Through Time Museum will air at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14th on RFD-TV.

RFD-TV is a channel that is devoted to rural issues, concerns, and interests. The networks name is a reference to Rural Free Delivery, the proper name given to the U.S. Postal Service’s system of delivering mail directly to rural patrons.

For more information, visit the Small Town Big Deal website, at www.smalltownbigdeal.com, or visit the Wheels Through Time website at www.WheelsThroughTime.com.