After almost a year of anticipation, the 12th Annual Wheels Through Time Vintage Motorcycle Raffle is drawing near. Its the museum’s biggest event of the season, and thousands from near and far make the trip through the winding roads of the Smokies to witness, and hopefully win, a piece of vintage motorcycle history. This year, the museum upped the ante with not one, but two Grand Prize machines — 1935 & 1936 Harley-Davidson VL Flathead Bobbers built in the hand-built in the museum’s restoration shop. Two tickets will be drawn to decide who will be the lucky new owners of this year’s timeless classics.
The Model VL is one of the rarer models offered by Harley-Davidson over their 100+ years atop the motorcycle industry. Motorcycle manufacturers suffered immensely throughout the Great Depression, as few customers had the financial means to purchase a new motorcycle or automobile. First offered for the 1930 model year, the VL was a vast improvement over the companies antiquated model JD, but nationwide economic hardship kept production low. In total, the model VL was produced for only 7 years with limited production, which makes for difficulties when searching for a genuine, running example in today’s vintage motorcycle market. The machines offered in this year’s raffle giveaway represent the last two years of Model VL production, and have been rebuilt as modified “hot-rods” from the era they were produced.
The 2014 Vintage Motorcycle Raffle will be held on Saturday, November 15th at Wheels Through Time Museum, at the conclusion of the annual Haywood County Toy Run. The run departs from Adams St. in Canton, NC at 12:00 and rides to a catered barbeque lunch at Wheels Through Time. The drawing for the raffle will be held at approximately 3:00 p.m., at the conclusion of the day’s festivities.
While the museum prepares to make the day of two lucky winners on November 15th, the staff is already geared up to unveil the Grand Prize for 2015! For next year’s annual motorcycle raffle, WTT is raising the bar once again, offering a custom 1939 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead Bobber specially built by renowned builder Wendell Turner of Turner’s Cycle Shop in South Lyon, Michigan. Wendell has been building old school custom motorcycles since the early 1970s. From choppers and bobbers to antique restorations, Wendell has turned out some amazing machines, and has the awards to prove it. The 1939 Knucklehead being offered as WTT’s 2015 Raffle Grand Prize has taken home Editor’s Choice, Best Antique, and Best in Show Awards at numerous motorcycle events around the country. Now on display at Wheels Through Time Museum, the bike will help generate much needed funds for the museum to continue to fulfill its mission to preserve motorcycle history for future generations to enjoy. It will be officially unveiled during the toy run finale and raffle drawing on November 15th.
For more information about Wheels Through Time’s 2014 and 2015 Annual Raffle, visit www.WheelsThroughTime.com. To learn more about participating in the Haywood County Toy Run, visit www.BlueRidgeThunder.org.