Write An Essay. Win A Harley WLA Project.

If you or someone you know is between 18 and 25 years old, here is an opportunity to win and rebuild a 1940s era Harley-Davidson WLA motorcycle project!  The youth program of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America is running a contest this year that will give away a 1942 Harley Davidson bobber project. Matt Olsen of the Youth Program at the AMCA is the young man behind the contest. “As classic motorcycles become more rare and expensive it is getting tougher for young people to afford them,” Olsen explained. “Knowing how frustrating this can be, I decided to try something to help encourage young people like me to better understand, preserve and enjoy classic bikes and possibly to own one.” Olsen approached The AMCA Foundation, Inc. to fund this special program and has spent more than a year developing the project and finding members of the A.M.C.A. to donate the parts to build a Harley-Davidson WLA bobber. The contest is limited to young Americans (guys and gals and they don’t have to be a member!) between the ages of 18 than 25. They simply have to write and submit a 1,000 word essay describing what they hope to learn about classic bikes, why they want the bike, what they plan to do with it once the build is completed, and any other reasons why they feel they should win this motorcycle. The entry must be received by Matt Olsen at [email protected] no later than August 15th 2009.
The one lucky winner will be selected at the Antique Motorcycle Super Meet in Davenport, Iowa in 2009 by a committee made up of the people that donated the parts and supporters. In addition to the Harley-Davidson WLA motorcycle, the lucky winner will also win a grant from the AMCA Foundation of up to $5,000 for parts and travel and living expenses to spend up to two months shop time at Carl’s Cycle, SD. This will allow the winner to learn how to put his or her new motorcycle together under the watchful eye of trained professionals.
The title and paperwork for the motorcycle will be given to the winner after the motorcycle has been started and ridden a few miles. The builder will also have the opportunity for the bike’s restoration and assembly process to be featured in a series of tech articles in Iron Horse magazine. Once finished, the bike and new owner will be photographed and featured in various magazines, including American Iron Magazine as well as The Antique Motorcycle® so that others may share in the adventure of owning and restoring a classic motorcycle.(bike featured is not the prize, but close)

6 Responses to “Write An Essay. Win A Harley WLA Project.”

  1. 1 Oct 1st, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Congratulations to Matt on bringing this concept to fruition. I only wish I was about 10 years younger. I have had the great privilege in working with both Matt and his father Carl. They helped me with their knowledge of vintage restoration when I started a project of mine. Not only will the winner receive a great prize in the bobber but the opportunity to learn from two of the most knowledgeable restorers I have ever met. The winner will certainly come away from this experience with a wealth of knowledge, which will only be a fraction of history that can be found at Carl’s. Carl, Matt and their family are great people and great ambassadors in preserving the heritage of the passion we all hold so dearly.

    If you’re a young motorcycle enthusiast you’d be silly to not take advantage of this opportunity. Winning would have to be a gift of a lifetime. Good luck to all the entrants!


  2. 2 Nicker Oct 1st, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Great program Matt.


  3. 3 GAMBLER Oct 2nd, 2008 at 1:48 am

    very cool!

    xcept for us old bastards

  4. 4 Oct 2nd, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Matt and his old man Carl are 2 very good people and this is a great program not only to gain new younger members but also introduce them to some cool bikes. Riding late model bikes is ok but riding and touring on classics is unparalleled. Make every trip an adventure, ride and Indian but in this case, ride a Harley.
    Keep up the great work Matt and may Chris & Marty from Cycle source mag hook you up with a cute girl

  5. 5 David Monahan Oct 2nd, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Matt has contributed greatly to the Antique Motorcycle Club of America by being the Youth Program Director. He represents an incredibly important position to the club in that the club needs to attract younger members in order to continue on in this century. Congratualtions Matt ! Thank you for your significant contribution to the AMCA.

  6. 6 Oct 6th, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Congrats to Matt for coming up with this idea and working hard to make it a reality. We at American Iron Magazine are proud to help make this happen to and encourage younger riders to learn their craft while having fun.

    Well done Matt!

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