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.

 
 

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 Winter term from January 9 to March 20, 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!

 

Saturday, November 4th, 10:30 a.m.

World of Speed volunteer Jeff Fields will discuss Ford Motor Company's plans and innovations for driver, passenger, and vehicle safety.


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.

 

Saturday, November 4, 10:30 a.m.

Stroker McGurk: Celebrating the Artwork of Tom Medley

Join us as author Gary Medley celebrates the legacy of his father, artist Tom Medley, best known for creating Hot Rod magazine’s popular cartoon Stroker McGurk. This presentation will include an inside look at Gary’s recently published book about his father, a 20-minute documentary of Tom Medley’s life, and a viewing of Tom’s appearance on Jay Leno's Garage. There will also be a rare showing of "Record Run," a film shot and edited by Tom Medley about Bonneville racing in 1952.

This talk is free to attend with museum admission.

About Tom Medley:

Oregon native Tom Medley joined Hot Rod magazine on its second issue in 1948 as "humor editor." He went on to create the Stroker McGurk cartoon character, as well as photograph the seminal events of hot rodding's early days — Bonneville, the dry lakes, Indianapolis 500, drags, car shows, and more. Later, as publisher of Rod & Custom magazine in the late 1960s, he created the first Street Rod Nationals event in 1970 in Peoria, Illinois.

About Gary Medley:

His son, Gary, recently published "Stroker: The Artistic Works of Tom Medley," a beautiful coffee-table book that showcases Medley's seven decades as an artist, from WW2 to Hot Rod and beyond.


Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m.

Marlo Treit and the Target 550

10–11 a.m. (members only); 11 a.m. (public event)

Come meet the man behind a mechanical marvel hoping to break land-speed records, and see the car itself! Join us as Marlo Treit, former land-speed racer, presents his Target 550, a car built for one purpose: to shatter the wheel-driven land-speed record.

Marlo will talk about the history of the car and explain the efforts needed to race on the salt flats in Lake Gairdner, South Australia next year. Enjoy this exclusive opportunity to see the car — with body panels removed to show the inner workings — before it’s shipped off to Australia to challenge the record!

Marlo’s presentation is free to all museum attendees with admission. World of Speed members are invited to an exclusive meet-and-greet with Marlo starting at 10 a.m., in advance of the public event at 11. Come meet Marlo and check out his remarkable car!