The 2014 Wheels Through Time museum’s 12th Annual Vintage Motorcycle Raffle Giveaway featured not one but two Harley-Davidson VL Flathead Bobbers – a 1935 and a 1936.
On Saturday, November 15, over one thousand visitors gathered at WTT in North Carolina to witness the raffle drawing that would send the bikes to their new homes.
The two Grand Prize machines helped the 2014 Museum Raffle become the largest Wheels Through Time fundraiser to date, raising revenue for WTT to build new exhibits, expand its interpretation, and improve the overall museum experience for its visitors.
The day’s festivities began with the 23rd Annual Haywood County Toy Run from downtown Canton to Wheels Through Time. Despite morning temperatures well below freezing, over 250 motorcycles braved the weather to help the children of Haywood County.
After a barbecue lunch catered by the Blue Ridge Thunder Motorcycle Club, attention turned to the stage for the drawing.
The first ticket pulled would determine the new owner of the 1935 Harley-Davidson VLD Bobber. The winner was Pat Brase from Ft. Wayne, Ind. Brase first visited the museum three years ago, and after having a great time during his first stop, he came back this past 4th of July weekend with friends.
During his visit, he donated a 1951 AMA Riders Book, which includes mention of his uncle, who was one of the first racers in Indiana to have an AMA national number. Before his visit was over, he decided to buy 7 tickets for the museum’s annual raffle.
Brase has been riding for over 50 years, and is the senior Chaplain for the Indian Patriot Guard Riders. He has owned a few “old bikes” along the way. “When I started riding, you had to be a mechanic, so I learned,” he said. “My dad rode Harleys, and taught me a lot.” His first motorcycle was a Harley-Davidson 125cc “Hummer” and later, he and his brother together bought a 1936 Harley-Davidson VLH, which he later sold.
Now, decades later, Brase is again the proud owner of a genuine Harley-Davidson VL Flathead. With the help of his wife and son, he has decided that he’ll be taking the bike instead of the alternate cash prize.
The winner of the 1936 Harley-Davidson VL “Dale Special” Bobber is B.J. Whitley from Garner, North Carolina. Even though Whitley lives only a few hours away, he had never visited the Smoky Mountains until this year. He and his wife’s first visit to the area, and to Wheels Through Time was the during the same week that Pat Brase visited the museum. During his visit to Wheels Through Time, Whitley bought 14 tickets for the annual raffle, mainly to help support the museum’s mission.
Whitley and his wife Shelby have been riding motorcycles most of their lives. His first bike was a Honda 450, which he eventually converted into a 3-wheel machine with a Harley Servicar rear end. Although he has never ridden a bike with a foot-clutch and tank-shift, he is excited to give the ’36 Flathead Bobber a go.
Also during Saturday’s festivities, Wheels Through Time unveiled the new Grand Prize for the 13th Annual Vintage Motorcycle Raffle in 2015. Next year’s winner will take home a stunning 1939 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead Bobber custom built by Wendell Turner at Turner’s Cycle Shop in South Lyon, Michigan. Tickets are on sale here.
The Wheels Through Time museum extends its thanks to each and every participant that contributed to the 2014 Vintage Motorcycle Raffle.