Adult Education

World of Speed values lifelong learning. Discover the many adult education opportunities available for you at the museum! Whether you’re looking for a basic car care workshop or a lecture with a racing legend, our programs are designed to provide engaging, interactive experiences with adults in mind.


High-Performance Engine Theory and Design

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, March 10

Member Cost: $75
Non-Member Cost: $100

Want to make sure your car has real power under the hood? Want to know what truly differentiates a high-performance engine from the rest? On Saturday, March 10, join fellow car lovers for an all-day workshop: “High-Performance Engine Theory and Design.”

The workshop, taught by Volvo and Nissan veteran, ASE Master Technician, and WTI Technical Training Instructor Allen Osborne, will cover the following topics:

  • Defining Horsepower and Torque
  • Choosing the Proper Bore and Stroke
  • Setting Up and Selecting the Right Camshaft
  • Accurate Dyno Testing and Tuning
  • The Relationship Between Camshafts and Turbocharging
  • Rod Ratio and Its Effect on Torque (Rod/Stroke Ratio)
  • Cylinder Head Design Characteristics
  • Intake and Exhaust Tuning Calculations
  • Engine Lubrication Systems
  • Calculating Proper Air/Fuel Ratios
  • Common Issues and Tricks of High Performance Tuning

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AM-106: Fix Your
Own Car


Ever wanted to learn how to save on repair costs by working on your own car? Learn how to do it yourself! World of Speed and Clackamas Community College are partnering up once again for AM-106: Fix Your Own Car.

A certified ASE Technician will offer D.I.Y. instruction on everything from oil changes and lubrication to brakes and electrical systems.

The course will run every Tuesday night from April 2 to June 16. Women are encouraged to take the course, but all are welcome!

Learn more or register online at


Valvoline Workshop: Check Your Oil and Other Car Care Basics

Learn how to check your oil and other basic car care tips in this morning workshop, presented by Valvoline! A certified instructor will cover several topics:

  • Oils, Filters, and Fluids: How to make sure what type of oil to use, why filters are important, and how to safely check all fluids under the hood.
  • Car Warning Lights: What each light means, and if it needs immediate attention.
  • Tires: How much should your tire pressure be, how to check and fill tires, and proper tire maintenance.
  • Battery and Cables: How to know if a battery is good or bad, battery connections and maintenance.
  • Oil Changes and Maintenance: Who should you take your car to, when, and why?

The workshop runs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, with an optional Q&A from 11:30 to noon. Registration is just $5, so sign up while spots are open.


Les Schwab Workshops


These completely free workshops are offered on select Saturdays from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Workshops include admission to the museum and a free tire pressure gauge to take home. While the workshops may be free, space is limited, so register today!

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Discover amazing facts about racing, engineering, and more!

Join World of Speed volunteers for a series of free, informal discussions in our museum. Volunteer Talks take place the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Don’t miss these unique opportunities to learn and explore!


10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3

Volunteer Talk – Gregg McElhinney, Mike Pearsall, and Andy Frezza

Model Car Collecting 101

Learn all about the world of collecting, customizing, and constructing model cars in our next volunteer talk! World of Speed volunteers Gregg McElhinney, Mike Pearsall, and Andy Frezza will share advice and stories about their shared passion for (and years of experience with) model cars.

Gregg has been collecting model vehicles since he was 5 years old, and still has quite a few from that time. When he couldn’t find models of competition cars he wanted, he began altering stock models. In his retirement, he runs West Linn Toys, an online store, to continue pursuing his hobby.

Andy, who essentially grew up at Portland International Raceway and was named the SCCA’s Oregon Region Rookie Driver of the Year in 1996, started an online diecast and vintage video game business in 2004.

Mike, who will address questions concerning advanced building, is an officer and founding member of “Scale Auto Builders Northwest,” a local model-car club. His models have appeared in model-car magazines and have won numerous awards around the U.S. and Canada, including “Best in Show” at the Portland Roadster Show model contest.


10:30 a.m. April 7, 2018

Volunteer Talk – Tammy Sue Bradley

History of Women in Racing

Did you know: the first woman got a driver’s license 20 years before the 19th Amendment was passed, and women were racing automobiles before the 20th century? Join us as Tammy Sue Bradley shares the lives of six amazing women, including “the Bugatti Queen” Hellé Nice, Camille du Gast, and others, with stories that include attempted murder, death-defying crashes, setting world records, and breaking barriers. The talk will include an overview of books, newsprint articles, and a brief documentary on the history of women in racing.

Tammy is a museum volunteer and the self-proclaimed fastest World of Speed NASCAR simulator driver.

Speaker Series


The World of Speed Speaker Series brings guest presenters from racing, engineering, and more to share their passion with guests through dynamic, interactive presentations. Programs are free with museum admission.


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