Harley-Davidson Centennial Celebration at AutoFair
The Harley-Davidson Centennial Celebration will feature more than 50 bikes including several machines from the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, N.C. Museum curator Dale Walksler will bring the rarest bikes from his collection of more than 230 motorcycles, including a 1922 Harley-Davidson Keystone Frame Board Track Racer, four-time AMA Grand National champion Carroll Resweber¿s 1952 machine and Evel Knievel¿s 1970 Harley-Davidson XR 750 Jump Bike.
¿Board tracks were an era of motorcycle racing from about 1909 to 1928,¿ said Walksler. ¿The 1922 Harley-Davidson Board Track Racer is one of about six produced and was ridden by Jim Davis, who was known as the fastest man on two wheels on the board tracks.¿
In 1936, Harley-Davidson produced the first overhead-valve engine with 61 cubic inches of power. The motorcycle was nicknamed ¿Knucklehead.¿ Later that year, the company produced an 80-cubic-inch side-valve engine as a prototype for the Flathead 80. Fully restored models of each motorcycle will be on display in the AutoFair¿s Food Lion Pavilion.
¿Looking at the history of Harley-Davidson, the late '30s are some of the most interesting years, and you¿re not going to have many opportunities to see a genuine prototype motorcycle from this era,¿ Walksler added.
A 1957 Harley-Davidson Panhead will be on display in original condition with only about 20,000 miles of actual wear-and-tear.
¿1957 was an important year for Harley-Davidson as well, because it was the last year of what¿s called a 'rigid-frame' construction,¿ noted Walksler. ¿Collectors today and motorcyclists in general often feel that 1957 is a highlighted year because it was the last year of that particular type of frame and to find a bike like this in original, unpainted condition is certainly unusual.¿
From 1958 to 1961, racer Carroll Resweber dominated the AMA Grand National racing circuit, collecting four national championships on a bike that featured a picture of a duck on the gas tank.
¿The bike with the duck on the tank is probably one of the most famous dirt track racing motorcycles the world¿s ever seen,¿ said Walksler.
Resweber¿s 1952 motorcycle will be on display at the Food Lion AutoFair in as-raced condition, complete with the original number plates.
¿It¿s unlikely that you¿re going to be able to go into another motorcycle shop or museum and see a Resweber motorcycle or a prototype 1936 Harley-Davidson or Davis¿ 1922 Harley-Davidson Board Track Racer,¿ Walksler commented. ¿These are really exclusive motorcycles that are going to be displayed at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway.¿
In addition to the collection of historical bikes, the Food Lion AutoFair will pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of powered flight by displaying the Utah State University Wright Flyer, a modern replica of a 1905 aircraft originally built by Orville and Wilbur Wright.
Also on display at the Food Lion AutoFair will be the Zippo Lighter Car, Shamu the Whale Car and the special edition NASCAR ¿Victory Lap¿ No. 3 and No. 24 Chevrolet race cars that will honor Winston¿s 33-year sponsorship of NASCAR¿s top series with a parade lap at the UAW-GM Quality 500 on Saturday night, Oct. 11.
As the nation¿s largest automotive extravaganza, the four-day event features various makes and models from 45 car clubs, thousands of parts and memorabilia vendors and a collector car auction conducted by Tom Mack on Saturday. A car corral, located on the 1.5-mile superspeedway includes hundreds of vehicles of all makes and models available for sale or trade.
Food Lion AutoFair hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 per day for adults and available at the gates. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Parking for the event is $5.
Contact the Lowe¿s Motor Speedway Events Department at (704) 455-3205.