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.


Workshops and classes


Discover the excitement of learning with an engaging, interactive workshop or class at World of Speed. Programs range from basic automotive care to high performance engines. Workshops include admission to the museum.

Valvoline Workshop: Learn How to Check your Oil and Car Care Basics

Check back soon for Spring dates and registration!

Car Care Checklist

  • 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, 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.

For more information please call 503-563-6450 or email


Slot Car Racing from the Turn of the Century to Today with Greg Petrolati

Volunteer Talk: Saturday, November 3, 10:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

Join us as Greg Petrolati presents a brief history of slot car racing from its early beginnings to the present. Slot cars have existed ever since standard race cars could inspire them to be built. Greg’s talk will cover the beginning of the hobby from the turn of the last century through its heyday in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, to where we are today. Greg been a motor-head all his life. Previously to volunteering at World of Speed, he was the Midwest Editor for Victory Lane Magazine and a contributor for Vintage Motorsports Magazine. He has scratch-built his own slot cars and has produced several slot car bodies in cast resin. .


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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