Second Prize

 Twenty Thousand Dollars

Grand Prize

A 1948 Harley Davidson Panhead Springer

Third Prize

Ten Thousand Dollars

Grand Prize

A Black and Chrome 1948 Harley Davidson Panhead Springer

Second Prize

$20,000 Cash!

Third Prize

$10,000 Cash!

The Wheels Through Time is pleased to introduce the 2017 Annual Raffle Bike – a classic black and chrome 1948 Harley-Davidson Panhead Springer!  This motorcycle was brought back to life in 2016 by Wheels Through Time Founder and Curator Dale Walksler and has had a full restoration and been given several upgrades along the way!  The gorgeous ’48 could be yours on Raffle Day – November 11, 2017!  The drawing will take place in front of a live audience at The Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, North Carolina.   We hope to see you on Raffle Day and Thank You for supporting The Wheels Through Time!


In the month of October, any ticket purchase of $100 or more will be entered into an additional drawing to win a Lifetime Donorship to The Wheels Through Time Museum.
*Entries must be submitted before 11:59PM Eastern Time on October 31st, 2017.

In the month of October, any ticket purchase of $10 or more will include a WTT Shop Rag!  Any Raffle Ticket purchase of $50 or more will get you a 2017 Raffle Tee!  (pictured above)


The Story of Tex and his '48 Panhead

“Why the build” is a question we all hear every day.  “Will you restore it?”, “Will you leave it as is?”, or “Was it in the BARN?”.  All great questions with many great answers.
The answer to the question regarding the black and chrome ’48 Harley-Davidson Panhead is simply pride!  Not just for the fact 1948 was the first year of the Panhead  design which ran all the way to 1965, or the fact 1948 is the only year for the Panhead to retain the Knucklehead Suspension System – lovingly called the Springer Fork.  It’s really more than that.  It’s also the passion for history when thinking about the boys that came back from WW2 and desired to have a new Harley-Davidson only to find out the supply was low. By 1948 however, Harley-Davidson was not only able to design a new power-plant, but also increase production, so thousands of these machines would find happy homes.
The success of the new “all aluminum” engine was astounding, which attracted many new enthusiasts and dealers!  The 1948 Panhead soon became an iconic legend in Harley Davidson’s 114 year history.  It was a postwar milestone that carried the company for many years and today, well, lets say a perfect ’48 is very valuable!

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  Now for the heart of the story and machine – the engine.  It all starts with a man whose name was Tex.  Tex was and still is an American motorcycling legend.  He rode motorcycles, he raced motorcycles, he built motorcycles, and he sold motorcycles.  His Harley Franchise near Lancaster Pennsylvania, currently on Willow Street, was famous world wide for their sponsorship’s of many racers over the years. In 1948, Tex bought a brand new Harley-Davidson Springer Deluxe and it was his favorite to ride among his dozens of motorcycles.  In later years he scrapped out the bike but saved the engine and planned to rebuild the bike one day.  Fast forward to 2010, Tex asked me to purchase all of his old parts, frames, and motors from his parts shed.  Having a good idea of what kind of bikes and engines were in this shed, I accepted his offer and was loading the parts into my trailer by the end of the week.  One thing that Tex was particularly proud of was his old ’48 Panhead Engine.  As I squatted down to pick up the gorgeous motor, he asked “Dale, will you promise me that you’ll make this motor run and shine like it used to?” Without hesitation, I said ” Tex, you have my word that this bike will look and run like it did in 1948!” With a smile on his face, he replied “I know you will, Dale.  I know you will.” Five years went by and then one late night in the shop I decided that Tex would live again.  I pulled out a ’48 Frame, a ’48 fork, and the essential parts needed to build the bike and went to work.   Tex had polished the internals of the engine which made for a free spinning lower end but the heads weren’t in great shape.  They were highly ported and I decided to save them for a special project.  I substituted them with a set of remade V-Twin heads and they truly are masterpieces! Next, I found the impossible – a perfect set of ’48 tanks which were quickly sent off to Dill Paintworks for the classic black paint-job that it deserved.  Piece by piece and bolt by bolt, a beautiful black and chrome ’48 Panhead was brought to life! So with all those details in place, where do you find the other goodies?  The speedometer, dash, spotlights, correct air cleaner, etc..  I turned to my good pal Jeff at Jeff’s American Classics and he had the goods! 250 hours later, the black and chrome 1948 Harley-Davidson Panhead Springer, now known as “Tex”, had come back to life!
Gotta Try It
1 Ticket + WTT Shop Rag
Good Deal
3 Tickets + WTT Shop Rag
Great Deal
7 Tickets + Free 2017 WTT Raffle Tee + Free WTT DVD + WTT Shop Rag
Better Deal
16 Tickets + Free 2017 WTT Raffle Tee + Free WTT DVD + Free 1 Month Subscription to Dale's Channel + WTT Shop Rag
Best Deal - 48 for the '48
48 Tickets + Free 2017 WTT Raffle Tee + Free WTT DVD + Free 1 Year Subscription to Dale's Channel + WTT Shop Rag
Wheels Through Time Museum 2017 Official Raffle Rules and Regulations
“1948 Panhead Harley-Davidson Motorcycle”

This motorcycle raffle and fundraiser is conducted by the Wheels Through Time Museum, herein referred to as “WTT”.  The WTT Museum will operate no more than two raffles per year. All proceeds from the entries will benefit the non-profit organization Wheels Through Time Museum, a 501 (c)(3) organization chartered by the state of North Carolina.

§ 1. 0 ELIGIBILITY: You must be 18 years of age to enter. Paid employees including, but not limited to, senior staff, employees, and Team Members of WTT along with members of their households, are not eligible to participate.

§ 2.0 FUNDRAISER DONATIONS: The raffle ticket price is not tax deductible as a contribution to the Wheels Through Time Museum. The cost of a raffle ticket is priced at (1) ticket for $10, (3) tickets for $20, (7) tickets for $50. Package of (7) tickets also includes a WTT T-Shirt and Hat.

2.1 WTT reserves the right to offer additional multi entry purchase discounts through other applicable promotions. There is no maximum number of entries an individual may purchase. Only official donation entries will be accepted. There is no limit to how many total entries the WTT Museum can print and sell. Odds of winning are determined only by the total number of entries sold. Entries may be made via the WTT website at or by phone at (828)-926-6266. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the WTT Museum and at certain events at which WTT is present.

§ 3.0 ENTRY SCHEDULE: The WTT Museum 2017 Raffle will commence on November 12th, 2016 when entries were first promoted and then became available. The WTT Museum reserves the right to run ticket promotions throughout the year and reserves the right to end any promotions at any time.  The random drawing will take place on Saturday November 11th, 2017 at t 2PM EST and free food and refreshments will be available between 10:00AM to 5:00PM.  All electronic entries, on the Museum website, must received at the Museum by November 10, 2017 11:59 PM EST. All entries must be received by 12:00pm, November 11, 2017.  All raffle winning decisions are final.

§ 4.0 RECEIPT OF PRIZE:   The winner does not need to be present to win. The winner agrees to arrange for removal of the Grand Prize by March 31, 2018. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of the Grand Prize which will then be awarded to alternate ticket holder, No. 2, then No. 3.  The winner is responsible for transportation and delivery of the Grand Prize Motorcycle.  The winner is responsible for any applicable taxes and fees including state and federal sales or income tax where applicable.The WTT Museum will comply with all applicable tax requirements, including reporting and withholding requirements. The WTT Museum will mail applicable tax forms to the winner of the raffle and report the prize to the IRS. The WTT Museum will not be responsible to collect the required withholdings upon the transfer of title of the automobile to the winner and remit to the appropriate authorities.

§ 5.0 GRAND PRIZE: The Grand Prize is a 1948 Panhead Harley-Davidson Motorcycle.  The winner of the Grand Prize also has the right to chose an alternate cash prize of $25,000.  The winner will be contacted by telephone, e-mail and/or USPS mail as to his or her winnings immediately following the drawing. Winners will also be announced via the WTT website, and broadcasted live via FaceBook.
5.1 SECOND PRIZE: The Second Prize is a cash prize of $20,000.
5.2 THIRD PRIZE: The Third Prize is a cash prize of $10,000.

§ 6.0 ENTRY LAWS:  The WTT 2017 Raffle is subject to all applicable laws, state or federal and is void where prohibited or otherwise restricted by law. Entrants to this fundraiser are responsible for compliance with all such laws and regulations based on their age, place of residence, etc.  The winners of the Grand Prize release the WTT Museum, its stake holders and Board of Directors as well as any related project sponsors and builders from any responsibility or liability in connection with any loss, accident or death incurred with the use of this prize.

§ 7.0 ENTRY RULES: It is the WTT Museum’s right to amend, revise and interpret the Raffle Rules as it may see fit. It is expected that by donating money for an entry ticket, entrants will hold to the rules of entering as presented here.

If you have additional questions about the Wheels Through Time Raffle, you can email and we will get back to you right away!

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