OK, I think I have my travel plans to Sturgis pretty close to wrapped up. So now I need to figure out what I am riding to Harley’s 110th birthday party. We at American Iron Magazine, Motorcycle Bagger and RoadBike are putting together a free ride for our readers to go to Milwaukee the end of August. One group of motorcycle riders from the west and one from the east meeting in the middle and heading north to Milwaukee.
Full details to follow shortly, but we do have planned stops at Harley dealers along the way where you can join up with us for a visit or a short ride, or to ride the entire distance. The more the better!
Motorcycle Bagger editor Dain Gingerelli will be leading the ride in from the west, and AIM editor Chris Maida will lead one ride from the East.
I (Buzz Kanter) will be leading a slower paced ride from the east for classic bikes and anyone wanting a more casual pace. Now I have to figure out what old Harley to ride.
I am considering a dirty old 1948 Harley Panhead we did a series of articles on in American Iron Magazine a few years ago called the Crustoration.
Everyone should have such problems!
June 26, 2012
On July 5-9, 2012 the Wheels ThroughTime Museum in Maggie Valley, NC will be celebrating it’s 10-year Anniversary here in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. Since opening its doors on July 4th of 2002, the museum has welcomed over a half-million visitors through its doors who’ve come to get a taste of American transportation history at its best.
The museum houses over 320 of America’s rarest and most significant motorcycles and automobiles, and is renowned for its “non-traditional” approach to preserving a vast collection of two-and four-wheeled machines that spans over 100 years.
While most automotive and motorcycle related museums in North America house near static collections of shiny, restored
machines kept in glass cases or behind velvet ropes, at Wheels Through Time each and every machine inside the museum walls is kept in running and operating condition, many of which are fired up and run regularly for visitors. Over 75 percent of the collection stands in original condition — untouched survivors tracing back to the roots of motorized transporation — indicating the museum’s emphasis on originality.
This very approach has been an integral part of the museum’s success in Western NC. And as it continues to grow in both size and scope, visitors from far and wide are more than willing to share their unique experiences with friends and strangers alike, giving the museum even more momentum as it looks toward the future.
So far this summer, the museum has experienced record visitation, and things only look to be getting busier.
“Over the past 10 years, Wheels Through Time has enjoyed enormous success here in Maggie Valley, NC” says museum curator Dale Walksler. “We owe a vast part of that success to our visitors, and for our 10th Anniversary, we’d like to recognize and pay tribute to all those who have helped us become the museum that we are today.”
From Thursday-Monday, July 5-9, in celebration of its 10th year in Maggie Valley, museum staff will be giving special tours
and demonstrations of many of the rare machines at WTT, including nearly a dozen early American racing motorcycles, several significant automobiles dating back to the 1920s, and one of the newest additions to the museum collection — the “Belly Tanker” race car seen on numerous episodes of “American Pickers”.
For more information , please visit the Wheels Through Time Museum website, located at www.WheelsThroughTime.com or call the museum at (828) 926-6266.
June 14, 2012
One of Iowa’s exceptional transportation museums is the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. Featuring over 400 motorcycles, a restored gasoline station, a wide range of rare bicycles, toys, memorabilia and wonderful graphics including advertising art, photos and paintings it provides a broad lesson in America’s love for two-wheeled transportation. The Museum’s website is www.nationalmcmuseum.org
The National Motorcycle Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 membership organization which serves a local, regional and national membership and support group as well as publishers and researchers interested in motorcycling’s heritage. The Museum accepts donations from individual supporters and sponsors and was in 2011 the grateful recipient of a grant from the Iowa State Historical Society.
The Museum’s banquet center has been used by the Anamosa Chamber of Commerce, government groups, civic organizations, service groups, educators and non-profits as a meeting place, as well as by families and friends looking for a themed place to gather and celebrate.
And the entire grounds and Museum hosts several events each year including the East Central Iowa Sidecar Association Rally September 8 and the annual Vintage Rally which showcases the National Motorcycle Museum in its mission to present the interesting history of motorcycling in America.
The National Motorcycle Museum welcomes school groups, families anyone looking for entertainment with a dose of education to visit year around 9-5, daily. Complete information for planning your visit is on the Museum website; www.nationalmcmuseum.org or by emailing email@example.com, or calling 319 462 3925.