Sometimes you don’t have to have a reason to drop in on a local museum. But on the way to a Great Smoky Mountains Association meeting, I did have a reason to stop at Wheels through Time Museum. This private museum is a homage to everything motorcycle.
I was only on a motorcycle once in my life. I was a passenger a long, long time ago and I remember being terrified. But seeing motorcycles of all vintages is another thing. And I’m always thinking: would this make a good excursion at the ATC Biennial Conference next year?
The museum specializes in American motorcycle memorabilia. So plenty of Harley-Davidson, Indians and maybe a few others.
The motorcycles date back to the beginning of the 20th Century but everything runs. If it has two wheels, it runs. They have a restoration shop which keeps everything humming. And for a group, they’re willing to let you in the restoration shop. They’ll also start up a few machines.
Besides the motorcycles, they have posters, oil cans, sidecars, old leather helmets and motorcycle suits. A big climbing hill is in the middle of the floor to honor the competitors who climbed in the dirt with their bikes. They also have farm equipment and even a light plane powered by Harley Davidson engines.
For some reason, a few Cadillacs and Lincoln Continentals in mint condition are also displayed. I don’t think they have Harley-Davidson engines.
What’s missing? Any mention of the movie The World’s Fastest Indian? Anthony Hopkins plays Burt Monro, a New Zealander who restored a 1920s Indian motorcycle and won a land-speed world record at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.
But I digress. Would Wheels through Time make a good ATC Biennial excursion? Let me know.