In preparation for the unveiling of the 2016-2017 Women in Racing exhibit, focused on drag racers, we asked local racers Kacee Pitts and Sue Mitchell to share their racing experiences including first memories, career highlights, how racing has changed, advice, and even their dream cars.
Every item in our museum has a story (or two) behind it. David Skeans, son of early Slo Poks car club member JL "Pappy" Skeans, shares some memories of his father and the Slo Poks in their earliest days. Thank you for sharing your stories with us, David!
World of Speed Archive has just released the first round of the Nakamura Digitized Film Collection online through our Archive Catalog. Digitized films of racers such as Atts Ono, Gary Cagle, Leonard Harris, Tommy Ivo, and Don Gartlis are caught on these home films at Lions Drag Strip. Covering 1958-1660, these films also include shots of crowds in bleachers, push cars, race preparation, close ups of engines, qualifying rounds, gag starts, a mini moto, and the iconic entrance sign.
Dana Bates, CEO of Bates Custom Leathers, designed the leather Peggy Llewellyn wore when she won the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship (2007). Bates shares what it takes to design and construct a racesuit for maximum performance. Llewellyn’s leathers will be on display as part of the upcoming next generation of Women in Racing exhibit unveiling December 10th. You’ll also see Angelle Sampey’s leathers.
Once a month the World of Speed Archive hosts Open Archives Days but in October, at part of National Archive Month, we used the days for Archives from the Streets: an event that invited you to show off your own racing collectibles or keepsakes by displaying them here at the museum alongside items previously donated. In case you missed it, here is your opportunity to look at the interesting array of objects shared.
The World of Speed Archive has just processed a rich collection of papers and artifacts originally belonging to Ed Rose, a well-known starter in the Pacific Northwest during the heyday of racing. From the collection’s racing programs and newspaper clippings to its RRAO patch and 1960s Portland Speedway poster, there is something of interest for motorsports fans, researchers and enthusiasts alike.
This summer, the WOS Archive, in its commitment to expanding the exploration and learning of motorsports through interaction with the museum’s archive collection, opened up the Archive to our summer campers.
The best way to understand what happened, how it happened, or even why it happened, is to ask the people who were there. Driver Seat Stories is all about asking those who were there and took part in making motorsports history to share their story; and so WOS Archive is reaching out to you, our community, to share your story whether how it felt to be behind the wheel, what is was like to build or ready a car or motorcycle (or even boat) to race, what part you played in the world of motorsports, or even the experience of watching a pivotal moment as a fan.
Do you have that one object that represents a memorable racing moment or experience as a participant or fan? It could be a program, picture, race gear, racecar part, ticket, poster, scrapbook, or any other number of objects that shine light into the world of motorsports.
We are opening up Open Archive Days just for YOU in October. Your participation lets you showcase the stories that mean so much to you while strengthening our collective knowledge as makers and stewards of racing history.