WHEELS THROUGH TIME MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM..
Filed Under: Lifestyle | Posted: 02/16/2007 at 8:15AM
Comments | Region: North Carolina | United States
WHEELS THROUGH TIME, WHERE MOTORCYCLE HISTORY ROLLS ON…
Since 2002, Dale Wachsler’s Wheels Through Time Museum in
Situated on forty two acres, the forty thousand square feet of display space accommodates an incredible and inarguably the largest collection of historic American motorcycles in existence; including artwork, sculpture, memorabilia, trinkets and trivia of two wheeled history. If it is any way related to motorcycling in
The collection includes several tons of dirt and stone that were trucked in for the display of limited edition, sometimes one of a kind hill climb motorcycles, which compliments the various displays built around themes of their time, concepts of early twentieth century motorcycle shops and stores, evoking a true feeling of being in another time, another place.
For Dale, this is a labor of love. The 54 year old founder, designer and owner of the museum began his motorcycling career at 15, when he built his first three wheel chopper. Today, there are more than 275 motorcycles on display, including twenty three different marques of historic American motorcycles.
“Every motorcycle here has its own story. They are pieces of people’s lives, each with layered bits of history attached to it” Dale said recently.
The Traub 80 ci 1300 cc V-twin of 1917 vintage is the exception. It is the bike with no story, no history that anyone can find.
It was found buried inside the wall of a building in
Steve McQueen had more than the Triumphs that he was always seen riding. It is estimated that he owned in the neighborhood of one hundred and fifty motorcycles, including the Pierce that is part of the tribute to women motorcyclists currently on display, and the rare 1917 Flesher Flyer on its pedestal.
Dale’s proudest possession though is the 1917
The idea of making that kind of ride brings home exactly what those early motorcyclists went through to pioneer what we have today. In a world of electronic ignitions, highly developed streamlined high speed machines, interstates and paved roads, we can only admire what they endured