Each year for the last nine years, the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, designs and builds a vintage-looking motorcycle and invites enthusiasts from around the world to help support the museum by buying a raffle ticket or two. This time around, Matt Brizendine of Indianapolis, Ind., was the lucky winner. His ticket was pulled from thousands submitted and he wins a 2010 Knucklehead Bobber!
Museum officials called Matt to let him know he won the blue Knucklehead, and he was pretty excited about the news. He said he’s been buying museum raffle tickets for three or four years now.
“I like to support organizations that use the proceeds wisely — especially when it supports museums — places that care for the history of motorcycling and provide a place to display notable motorcycles,” Matt said. Turns out he bought tickets twice for this bike, plopping down cash for six tickets each time.
Matt and his dad enjoy tinkering with all sorts of machines — from model airplanes to street rods and Corvairs. And, of course, they’ve got a couple of motorcycles as well. Given the current weather, Matt says he might drive out to Iowa to pick up the bike and see the new National Motorcycle Museum. His only visit was in the midst of the museum’s move to its new location at the end of June 2010.
We congratulate Matt and also send our thanks to all of you who support the museum with your donations for tickets, of. As for tactics, everyone might learn something from Matt’s experience: Buy tickets every year. Several times!
Stay tuned because the new 2011 National Motorcycle Museum fundraiser bike will be unveiled in the next week. You’ll be able to check it out at www.nationalmcmuseum.org. That site’s also got information on the thousands of pieces of art and memorabilia, plus more than 300 bikes on display at the museum.