Wheels Through Time founder Dale Walksler in the museum “shop.”
Wheels Through Time owner and curator Dale Walksler has cancelled the planned auction of 150 vintage motorcycles at the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, N.C. Walksler says he decided to cancel the Sept. 25-27 auction after the successful sale of some of the cars in his collection, including a rare and valuable 1929 Duesenberg Model J. Importantly, this means the 300-plus strong collection of vintage American motorcycles will stay intact.
Further, Walksler tells us he’s a little closer to deciding where the museum will locate. When we first reported on this in late March, Walksler didn’t give any indications as to where the museum might relocate. Then, in a follow up we published in the July/August issue of Motorcycle Classics (in subscribers’ hands now and on newsstands June 17), we reported that Walksler was looking at Arizona as a possible relocation site, mentioning Prescott as a possibility. He still won’t say exactly where he’s heading, but it sounds like it’s definitely going to be somewhere in northern Arizona. “It’s hugely exciting when you think of the potential of the West Coast and the trail through Arizona,” Walksler says of the thought of moving to Arizona. “And it’s only a few hours east of Las Vegas,” he adds, an indication Walksler believes he can only benefit from being closer to major motorsports and entertainment centers.
This is great news for vintage bike fans, because it’s clear Walksler has had a change of heart about breaking up his collection and is now aggressively moving toward keeping the collection together, and getting a new museum up and running. “With six years of experience behind me I can make the next one even better. I would love to be set up a year from now, that would be my goal. If I can have a facility built by July 1, 2009, that would be nine years after we started,” Walksler says. Stay tuned, we’ll let you know more as we learn more. – Richard Backus
Check out the Wheels Through Time collection at www.wheelsthroughtime.com