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
 
 

AM-106: Fix Your
Own Car

 

In partnership with Clackamas Community College, World of Speed is hosting AM-106: Fix Your Own Car. This is a do-it-yourself course for students who want to work on their own cars. Includes instruction on oil changes, lubrication, fluid checks, brakes, cooling systems, electrical systems, safety, and other quick services.

This section is taught by a female Certified ASE Master Technician. Women are encouraged to take this course; all are welcome.

The next course will take place on Tuesday evenings at the museum beginning Spring term from April 2nd to June 16th, 2018. For more information or to register, visit www.clackamas.edu.

 

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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WORLD OF SPEED HOBBYIST SERIES

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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, February 3

Volunteer Talk – Tom Styczinksi

The Granatelli Legend: From a Chicago Service Station to the Indy 500

The name Granatelli immediately suggests STP and the Indy turbine car. This talk will highlight significant developments in Andy Granatelli’s decades of racing, from a rocket car in the late ‘40s to land-speed records at Bonneville.

Tom Styczynski, is a retired Lockheed Martin senior staff engineer, consummate car enthusiast, and volunteer docent at World of Speed. Tom is also part of the team documenting the Granatelli engineering information for the World of Speed Archive.

 

10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3

Volunteer Talk – Gregg McElhinney 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 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.


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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