The folks at Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, N.C., better get themselves a bigger drum to hold the raffle tickets for this year’s drawing.
That’s because anybody with a pulse and a love for great motorcycles is going to be buying raffle tickets for a chance to win one of the two jaw-dropping classic bikes WTT will be raffling off at the 12th Annual Wheels Through Time Vintage Motorcycle Raffle.
The two Grand Prize machines – 1935 and 1936 Harley-Davidson VL Flathead Bobbers – were 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 classic top prizes.
The 2014 Vintage Motorcycle Raffle will be held on Saturday, November 15, at Wheels Through Time Museum, at the conclusion of the annual Haywood County Toy Run. The run departs from Adams St. in Canton, N.C. at noon and rides to a catered barbecue lunch at Wheels Through Time. The drawing for the raffle will be held at approximately 3 p.m., at the conclusion of the day’s festivities.
The VL Model is one of the rarer models offered by Harley-Davidson over their 111 years in the motorcycle industry. First offered for the 1930 model year, the VL was a vast improvement over the company’s antiquated model JD, but depression economic hardship kept production low. The model VL was in limited production for only 7 years, which makes finding a genuine, running example in today’s vintage motorcycle market very difficult.
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.
But raffle fever is not likely to end when the two VL bobbers head off to their new homes; WTT is already stoking interest in the 2015 raffle with the announcement of the grand prize for next year’s event: a custom 1939 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead Bobber specially built by renowned builder Wendell Turner of Turner’s Cycle Shop in South Lyon, Michigan.
Turner has been building old school custom motorcycles since the early 1970s.
From choppers and bobbers to antique restorations, he 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.
Raffle Tickets can be purchased at www.WheelsThroughTime.com/2014raffle. Tickets are $10 each, 3 for $20, or 7 tickets for $50 with free T-shirt and DVD.
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.