A behind-the-scenes view of the auto-racing world
World of Speed is a Wilsonville, Ore.-based non-profit motorsports museum opening on April 24. Through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities, World of Speed will offer visitors a behind-the-scenes view of the auto-racing world. The museum will showcase a motorsports gallery, a workshop and a space for educational activities, which will highlight the professional opportunities available in the auto industry.
World of Speed’s collection is comprised of race and performance cars from various venues, including NASCAR, land speed racing, drag racing, open wheel, sports cars and motorcycles.
World of Speed Collection:
World of Speed will cover multiple aspects of motorsports, telling the stories of heroes, many of whom got their start in the Northwest. The museum will feature nearly 100 vehicles, including cars from Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Danica Patrick, some of which will be open for visitors to sit in and explore, making it a truly interactive experience.
Several historic racecars are in the collection, including Mickey Thompson’s famous record-breaking Assault, Herm Petersen’s Northwest Terror and the Gaines Markley/Rob Bruins National Hot Rod Association Top Fuel Championship Car from 1979.
The original Daytona tri-oval course is 2.5 miles long with 31 degree banking in the turns and 18-degree banking at the start/finish line. The tri-oval shape was revolutionary when conceived in 1957 as it greatly improved sightlines for fans. The World of Speed Daytona display is a 15 foot-tall, 44 feet-wide exhibit with the exact inclines of the original speedway, and features four vehicles from legendary NASCAR drivers, including:
- Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2000 Chevy Impala
- Jim Vandiver’s 1974 Dodge Charger
- Terry Labonte’s 1988 Chevy Monte Carlo
- Cale Yarborough’s 1979 Oldsmobile 442
ZERO to 1000 mph
World of Speed’s ZERO to 1000 mph exhibit showcases the history of the land speed record. On display in the ZERO to 1000 mph exhibit will be the Triumph Castrol Rocket, a two-wheel motorcycle that seeks to break the 400 mph and FIM motorcycle land speed records, alongside cars from Mickey Thompson’s fleet:
- Originals: Assault 1 and Attempt
- Tributes: Pontiac Catalina and Thompson’s two-cylinder dragster with the original engine
World of Speed is home to three race car simulators: a 1962 Lotus Formula Racing Simulator, Adrian Fernandez’s 1995 Lola Indy Car, and Johnny Benson’s 1998 Ford Taurus NASCAR. The simulators will be used for entertainment, educational and fundraising purposes.
The educational components will be used in many different ways, including day camp programming and providing drivers with professional instruction. The driving track will include either a road course or oval, different driving and environment conditions, and the opportunity to test world famous racing tracks and circuits. The cars will be set-up to handle and perform similar to real-world driving.
For more information on the collection and special exhibits, contact Ron Huegli: firstname.lastname@example.org.
World of Speed Education:
The key purpose of World of Speed is to provide an experiential environment in which young people can explore the exciting world of motorsports and the many career opportunities it offers. World of Speed will serve a wide range of audiences through varied interdisciplinary education programs, integrating the study of history, art, culture, science and technology to appeal to all ages, backgrounds and interests.
For more information on education, contact John Amschler: email@example.com.
World of Speed Memberships:
All annual memberships include admission to the museum; invitations to members-only events; 10 percent discount on purchases in the gift shop, race car simulators and food. Active military with valid ID receive 10 percent off all memberships.
World of Speed Events:
World of Speed will be available for private and public events, ranging from formal galas to children’s birthday parties. The museum will feature premier event space with capacity for up to 800 guests.
For more information on events, contact Nick Apap at Orbit Events: firstname.lastname@example.org.
27490 SW 95th Ave, Wilsonville, Ore. 97070
Open daily from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., closed Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Seniors (63+), Students and Active Military (with valid ID): $8.50
Youth (6 – 12 years): $5
Youth (5 and under): Free
Group Pricing: Please contact email@example.com
Simulators: $10 for 12 minutes