Story and photos by Jim Witters
LEXINGTON, Ohio — Don L. Harms was the winning name drawn Saturday at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Royal Enfield, in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame raffle.
Harms’ name was drawn by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Scot Harden, who is 2018 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Grand Marshal.
Harms, of Kirkland, Wash., was not present at the drawing. He will be notified by the American Motorcyclist Association that he is the winner.
Harms won a 1941 Harley-Davidson WL, the civilian version of the WLA (the “A” refers to “Army”) produced for the U.S. Army for use during World War II.
The WL is built around a high-compression flathead 45 cubic inch V-twin pumping out over 23 horsepower. Known for its reliability, the 750cc WLs were workhorses, whether in “A” trim or the civilian model.
This bike is ready to ride with fresh paint and a tune-up from noted Harley-Davidson restorer Mike Wells of C&S Cycle Service in Mount Victory, Ohio.
Following the drawing for the 1941 Harley, officials unveiled the next AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame raffle bike: a 1951 Harley-Davidson FL restored by Warren Heir of JR’s Cycle Products in Milwaukee, Wis.
The 74 cubic inch Panhead engine and transmission were fully rebuilt. But Heir left some parts unrestored.
”The bike has a unique registration sticker that I just didn’t have the heart to scrape off,” Heir said. “And it has an old police motorcycle speedometer that I left unrestored.”
Heir said he spent about 100 hours on the Harley.
Tickets to win the 1941 Panhead are available during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Royal Enfield, which continues through Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Tickets also will be available at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, and online.