Feature Bike Friday #23 — Glen Harding’s 2-Cam Cutdown

For some people, stock, off-the-assembly-line motorcycle’s just aren’t enough.  Glen Harding of Martinsville, Virginia is one of those people.  Glen is in his early 90’s and when it comes to his motorcycles, each have their own special details that make them unique.
Take this 1928 Harley-Davidson JDH “Two-Cam” Cutdown for example.  The machine started life as Harley’s top-of-the-line machine in the late 20s, offering more power than the company’s traditional “single-cam” design.  But for guys like Glen, it wasn’t perfect yet.

Glen Harding's Two-Cam Cutdown!

Glen Harding’s Two-Cam Cutdown!

Glen built this machine from the ground up, and in my opinion its one of the best looking bikes I’ve ever seen. He used the powerful “Two-cam” motor paired with a Knucklehead 4-speed transmission as his basis.  Specially modified HD 45 frame and HD B-Model front fork give the bike its low ground clearance and dropped center of gravity. Narrowed Indian tanks, handmade fenders, and a custom paint scheme provide for a look unparallelled by its contemporaries.

And the WTT Motorcycle Raffle Winner Is……..

DSC_0401After a full year of anticipation, the Annual Wheels Through Time Museum Motorcycle Raffle Giveaway is in the books, and another lucky winner has been chosen to take home a piece of genuine motorcycle history.

On Saturday, November 18th, over 2500 visitors from near and far descended on Wheels Through Time to witness the museum’s 11th Annual Raffle in as many years. Dry weather and warm November temperatures made for a perfect day for the event, which draws one of the biggest museum crowds of the year.  A TV production crew at Wheels Through Time was also on hand to film the event for an upcoming episode of “What’s in the Barn?”, Velocity’s new hit series, which stars museum curator, Dale Walksler.

DSC_0275The raffle is WTT’s largest fundraiser, and helps keep the museum up and running.  Each year, proceeds go directly to creating new exhibits, enhancing current displays, expanding interpretation, and improving general operations. This year’s Grand Prize was a stunner — a beautiful 1939 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead Bobber brought back to life in the Wheels Through Time Restoration Shop.

Many of the visitors took part in the Annual Haywood County Toy Run, which began in Canton, NC and made its way to WTT in Maggie Valley.  Now in its 22nd year, the Haywood County Toy Run brings thousands of motorcyclists together to raise funds for underprivileged youth in Haywood County.  Put on by Blue Ridge Thunder Motorcycle Club, the run has raised approximately $150,000 since it began in 1992.  This year, almost 1000 bikes signed up from the run, from as far away as New York and Texas.  When it came DSC_0341time for the drawing, one little girl from the crowd was chosen to pick the winning ticket.

The Grand Prize winner was Mr. Randy Horn from Chester, South Carolina.  Randy visited the museum with friends in June 2013, during the museum’s “What’s In the Barn?” Season Premier Party.  While touring the museum, Randy took a chance on the ’39 Knucklehead Bobber and purchased 14 tickets for the drawing.  Little did he know, that less than six month later, he would be chosen as the lucky winner of a WTT-built classic.

It didn’t take long for Randy to decide that he’s taking the bike instead of the cash prize. “I was working…having one of the worst ay’s I’d had in a while,” he said. “Ther couldn’t have been a better thing to brighten my day!”  It’ll make a great addition to the garage.

DSC_0391Luckily, Randy has a bit of experience when it comes to old motorcycles.  He owns a few himself, including a 1947 Knucklehead that he’s been riding for over 30 years!  He has been a member of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America for 12 years, and is the current president of the club’s Catawba Chapter, which is based near his home in South Carolina. He has visited the museum on several occasions since it relocated to Maggie Valley, the first time being in 2002 before the museum was officially open.  He’s been buying tickets for the annual motorcycle raffle since his first few visits, each time assuring himself that “This year, this bike is gonna be mine!”

This makes the second year in a row that a member of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America has won the Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Raffle Grand Prize.  Last year’s winner was James Eldridge from High Ridge, Missouri.  James has been spotted at various AMCA meets and ride-ins on the museum’s previous raffle machine — a 1932 Harley-Davidson VL Hot Rod Bobber.

And in case you were wondering how Wheels Through Time is going to up the ante for the 2014 Motorcycle Giveaway, Dale and crew have decided to offer not one, but two Grand Prize machines for next years raffle — a pair of hot-rod Harley-Davidson VL Flathead Bobbers.  The pair will be raffled off next November to two lucky winners.  For more information on the 2014 Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Raffle, visit  www.WheelsThroughTime.com/2014raffle.

What a Pair! And They Could Be Yours!!!

After giving away our slickest and best looking Raffle bike yet in 2013 — The ’39 Knucklehead Bobber, we’ve upped the ante for the 2014 WTT Motorcycle Give-away.  Over the past year, Dale poured in months of hard work and rebuilt not one, but TWO hot-rod Harley-Davidson VL Flathead Bobbers to be given away next November.  These bikes are built for the road, and have been lovingly brought back to life by Dale, the motor-maestro himself.  Hand-working every part to bring this stunning combination of form and function to perfection.   1935 and 1936 Time Machines that’ll be taken home by two ( or one) lucky winner next year.
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Not one but two Grand Prize Winners will be chosen November 15th. To get your tickets, visit www.WheelsThroughTime.com/2014raffle.

And the 2013 WTT Motorcycle Raffle Winner Is………

DSC_0401Congratulations to Randy Horn of Chester, South Carolina!!!

Randy is the Grand Prize Winner of the 2013 Wheels Through Time Museum Motorcycle Raffle.  Randy will be taking home the beautiful 1939 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead Bobber.

Randy visited in June 2013, during the “What’s In The Barn?” series premier party!
Read the full story, here!

Thanks for your support Randy, and CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Feature Bike Friday #22 — The Time Machine

timemachineYou’ll never find another custom Knucklehead like this one.  Dale built “The Time Machine” in 2006 as a tribute bike to his mother, Mina.  Beginning with a polished out 1946 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead engine, Dale got right to work creating this one of a kind beauty during late nights in the WTT restoration shop.

The machine features 61 cubic inch OHV engine, with four-speed transmissions, and simply too many cool features to list — right-side shifter operated exhaust cut-out, dual rear break controls, double ride-control, WLA headlight bracketry, custom bars and risers, cut-down seat, custom paint — the list goes on and on.

Next time you’re down at the museum, be sure to spend a little extra time checking out “The Time Machine”