April 1-4, 2016 – Opening Weekend Celebration

Join us this Friday-Monday, April 1-4 at Wheels Through Time for the museum’s 2016 season opening weekend! We spent the winter hard at work digging up new machines, improving exhibits and displays, and doing everything we can to make your 2016 museum visit the best it can be.

We’ll be open at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday the 31st, and will be holding demonstrations and exhibitions of many of America’s rarest motorcycles throughout the weekend.

The museum has an all NEW LAYOUT, come be the first to see!

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April 23, 2016 – Motorcycle Installation Celebration

 FIRST EVER MOTORCYCLE INSTALLATION CELEBRATION **Many more to come

This Saturday, Wheels Through Time will host the Dave Marthe family and their family jewel; Daves’ 1973 Harley-Davidson fully furnished with all the bells and whistles. Literally.

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It was a bittersweet day for Dave Marthe, wife Jill, and daughter Kelly as they delivered this 1973 FLH Electra Glide to its new home at Wheels Through Time. Dave bought this machine new when Kelly was just five years old. It has all the bells and whistles, and even a few Disney characters thrown in the mix. Although they were sad to see it go, they are happy that it will be on display for everyone to see.

Dave purchased the machine new, 43 YEARS AGO!!  Yes, it started life as an AMF, built in York, Pennsylvania. 1200 cc FLH full dresser. Dave took this bike to its limits, doing literally EVERYTHING he could think of to make this the most outrageous FULL DRESSER possible.

Many museum patrons stop and awe at this marvelous machine daily at the entrance of Wheels Through Time. Here’s your chance to meet Dave and hear his story of this machine along with some of its escapades in northern Ohio that span nearly half a century. Dave will be spending the weekend at Wheels through Time, please come and join us.

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David Uhls’ “Missed You Two” features the iconic  Red 1946 Harley Knucklehead in his stunning depiction of love and war.

David Uhls’ “Missed You Two” features the iconic  Red 1946 Harley Knucklehead in his stunning depiction of love and war.

It is always a great honor to restore a vintage motorcycle, but the larger than life RED 1946 Knucklehead was likely one of the most memorable jobs in a long time! The 1946 Knucklehead has always been considered the epitome in style and function in the post WWII years. It was the dream come true to own such a machine in the day. But this opportunity came to a few.  Less than four thousand were produced. Many were ridden hard and few survived over the years.

When the project started we all knew that each day was precious time in order to complete the project. Television aside, it is well known the lion’s share of the restoration work is completed by myself Dale Walksler and it would require extreme focus to finish on time. Especially with a TV crew hanging around.

A huge amount of credit is given to the select group of talented friends that contribute to the finished product. Wayne from Heather Leathers was one such miracle worker. Leather is his palate. Nicest hand tooled seat and bags I have seen in a long time.

Precious!

Precious!

This project was a marathon in preparing sheet metal and metal parts for the talented John Dills, who has painted every raffle bike to date. THANK YOU JOHN DILLS!! There are over 40 painted parts on this bike. Each part came out perfect.

The nuts and bolts progress on the build went very smoothly. Things really fell into place. TV does not show all. Yes, John Gustafson did drill a hole in the rear tire when we were in too much of a hurry to drop the wheel.

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What you missed is the scene where John is installing the reproduction speedometer and Dale pulls out a big box from his pal Jeff Coffman at Jeffs American Classics in Dundee, Oregon. In the box was the correct 1946 speedometer, chrome spotlights, air cleaner and a host of priceless original parts. All OEM and expensive. Actually $3,700 bucks worth!!!! Thanks Jeff!!

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THE RAFFLE

Our biggest fundraiser here at WTTM.

raffle poster 2016Over the past 14 years we have given away a fortune in rare iron. Eight knucklehead machines including the 2011 giveaway 1936 knucklehead won by Chris Hemminger. Each fall, the museum hosts our local toy run. Thousands of eager riders await the conclusion of the event, being the annual WTTM raffle. We were really fortunate that the raffle bike build and the drawing was aired on the American Restoration show. It’s the most exciting day of the year! Dale is always anxious to see who the lucky winner will be, and if they are present in the crowd. A child is picked from the audience, and one lucky ticket is drawn. The phone number on the winning ticket is called and the world learns who won the bike. New for 2016, we will be doing a 2nd and 3rd prize of a combined $15,000.

And the lucky winner is.....

And the lucky winner is…..

Come join us for this exciting day November 12, 2016! This past season Ralph Adams won a gorgeous 1939 knucklehead bobber, and is riding every day. You can win too! All the funds support WTTM. Take a chance and help keep Wheels Through Time, “The Museum That Runs!” 

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May 19-23, 2016 – American Motor Drome Wall of Death

The American Motor Drome Wall of Death will be in operation May 19-23 (Thursday-Monday).

Our friends at the American Motor Drome Company have shared their passion and enthusiasm for motorcycling around the country for decades. They have kept the 100+ year old art of the Original Motorcycle Thrill Show, The Wall of Death, alive through their travels and performances.

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July 29-30, 2016 – Kickstart Classic

Based from the world-class Wheels Through Time museum, in Maggie Valley, NC, the 2016 Motorcycle Kickstart Classic will be held July 29 and 30.

The all-make motorcycle event is open to all two and three wheelers – old or new. We prefer older motorcycles with kickstarters, but more modern ones are also welcome. The new ones just have to ride behind the old ones to pick up any parts that fall off.

The two-day event will include a welcome dinner July 28, and free admission to the museum as well as organized rides on some of the best motorcycle roads in the country. Registration has been held at $100 per person (rider and/or passenger) again this year. For more information, please visit www.aimag.com

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