The World of Speed Archive recently scanned a group of images from our Collection covering the first transcontinental race (Photo Profile - 1905 Transcontinental Race, WOS#3805). Check out how on May 8, 1905, a pair of 7-horsepower Curved Dash Oldsmobile Runabouts, notably Old Scout and Old Steady, made their way from New York City to Portland, Oregon.
The Pacific Northwest Community Racing Timeline shares moments in local motorsports history. Experience firsthand accounts and historical moments of early tracks, those behind the wheel or in the stands, clubs and cars, local heroes and all those that make up the Pacific Northwest's rich motorsports experience.
The PNW Racing Timeline is generated from material included in the World of Speed Archive as well as submissions provided by visitors to the Museum during American Archive Month (2017) as well as through our online submission form. To be part of the experience, contribute at http://www.worldofspeed.org/pnw-community-racing-timeline.
Found amongst the thousands of papers from the Granatelli estate recently donated to World of Speed, "A Gas Turbine Powered Car for Championship Class Racing" is at its core, a pitch to possible investors and partners (some, not necessarily "motorheads") to help back the develop of a gas-powered turbine Indy car for the 1967 Indy 500 with clear easy-to-read sections covering sometimes-hard-to-understand elements (especially for those who don't know the ins-and-outs of cars) needed to produce a high performance race car specifically for the Indy 500.
These photos (WOS#2388) part of the World of Speed Archive were collected over the years with a focus on early and mid 20th century photographs that included atleast one car. Each of the over 200 images has a car included whether as a center point of a family portrait, in the background of life's moments, in your familiar streets, or around the world. Together, these photos give a snapshot not just of the cars at the time but a peak into friendships, fashion, personal pride, city life, small towns, families, and strange and familiar moments.
If you missed the World of Speed Archive's free "Preserve Now, Find Later!" as part of American Archive Month in October here at the museum with Archivist Katrina O'Brien or more recently at Tigard Public Library, check out some simple things you can do to take care of your family heirlooms and collectibles, including things to look out for and how to best store and label.
Each year, World of Speed highlights a new group of women in motorsports through artifacts, images, videos and words. This year's Women in Racing - Open Wheel Edition showcases Janet Guthrie, Danica Patrick, and local Lindsay Barney. Look back on the past and check out material from previously highlighted women including Lyn St James, Cindi Lux, and Michelle Miller; as well as video of local racer Ariel Biggs.
Over the last six months, volunteers have been plugging away, working on two large donated collections in the archive processing room. On the right, archive volunteer Megan has been steadily moving through the Scott collection while on the left, a team of volunteers starting with Susan and then handed off to Glenn and just recently adding Au are pushing to get through a mountain of slides. Which collection will be done first?!
World of Speed is proud to highlight the life work of Everett Duncan through a collection of photos and artifacts donated to the museum. With roots in the Pacific NW, Duncan went to work for famed race car builder Kurtis Kraft in 1946. Later, in 1954 Duncan joined Quin Epperly, who pioneered the "laydown Offy" car design. Duncan's cars saw action all over the US, from the dirt ovals of Southern California to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Some of the cars that Duncan worked on have historical interest and value even many years later, including the Demler Special and the Vukovich Indy Streamliner.
The PNW Community Racing Timeline is made from the experiences shared by individuals throughout the region. You’ll see a family through decades of racing, migration up and down the west coast, tracks as social hubs come and gone, a local legend’s final moment, a small girl thrill of racing, family connections, historical changes, mechanical evolution, personal triumphs and celebrity fandom. You can still add your stories and even images anytime to the PNW Community Racing Timeline online. Starting in November, the Archive will begin building the interactive timeline including stories submitted online and from the initial whiteboards. The World of Speed Archive is excited to build, preserve and share this local racing timeline that highlights the people, places and experiences.
Missed this month's volunteer talk? Fear not. Flip through the pages and learn about the collections and scrapbook projects undertaken by World of Speed Archive volunteers! Check out the scrapbooks and collections of Sue Mitchell, Everett Duncan, Art Pollard, Steve Denbo, John Fuez, Andy Granatelli, Pat Usher, Bobby Plotts, and PR Scott.Thanks to all the Archive Volunteers including Au Nguyen, Steve Diez, Frank Bakanau, Tom Styczynski, Glenn Wong, Susan Stone, and Megan Glazier-Anderson.
Explore the scrapbooks of 1960s Indy race car fabricator and mechanic local John Feuz who worked on cars designed by Rolla Vollstedt and driven by Len Sutton, Billy Foster, and Cale Yarborough. Filled with articles, photographs, papers, these scrapbooks primarily contain newspaper articles and photographs from 1964 to 1966. The focus of most of the materials cover a transitional and innovative time when rear engine cars were coming into vogue along with major changes in body styles and suspension packages. Drivers A. J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Jimmy Clark, Roger Ward, Bobby Unser, and Graham Hill are also included while covering both the triumphs and tragedies of the Indianapolis 500 participants and provide a real look into three years that were pivotal for the race.
In preparation for next month’s celebration of American Archive Month, the World of Speed Archive has tons of activities in store for you. With a focus on community engagement, we’ll be kicking off the month-long Tag & Post Contest and the publicly-sourced PNW Community Racing Timeline. The Archive is hosting a free workshop Preserve Now, Find Later! (Sat 28th) to learn how to care for and protect your images and memorabilia. The Archive volunteers will also be sharing collections they have worked on including the collections of Plotts, Duncan, Scott, Usher, Denbo, Fuez and Granatelli during the Archive Volunteers Talk (Sat 7th). Items from these collection will be part of the Volunteers Collection Showcase (Sat 7th – Sun 15th). Still not enough? Come by the museum to Record Your Racing Story (Sat 21st) and get your racing memories on video to preserve and share.We’ll also be playing Racing Home Movies on the Big Screen Sat 21st & 22nd.
Find out what our Archive Volunteers are up to here at World of Speed. Glenn just finished the Usher Collection and about to take on the Plotts Collection which Susan has been deep sorting. Across the room from Plotts Collection is the P.R. Scott Collection being worked on by Megan. And then there's Au, who has scanned multiple scrapbooks and now working on the Duncan Collection while Steve finishes scanning John Feuz's photo loans after finishing the Denbo Collection. Tag team Tom and Frank are taking on the papers and blueprints from the Granatelli Collection.
World of Speed is supported by individuals and organizations who generously give images and artifacts to the World of Speed Archive Collection. Each bring stories, memories, and memorials to an often personal world of motorsports. Roughly 90 percent of the Museum’s Archive Collection has come from donors and lenders, people like you. As we continue to preserve the history and culture of motorsports to celebrate and educate for generations to come, we want to thank past and future donors and lenders for making this all possible.
See some highlights from the newly unveiled Pat Usher Collection. As a race car driver, local speed shop owner, and professional mechanics teacher, Usher was fully committed to motorsports racing which shows in the wide collection of articles and other published material he collected alongside his own teaching material and notes for the nine-month professional mechanics class he taught. From his auto shop in Beaverton, he worked on and built racing engines and chassis while also constantly reading and learning, keeping up on advancements in machines and technology in the field.
This digitized scrapbook is a window into the world of motorsports in the 1930s with all the fascination and thrill of true speed enthusiasts. Volunteer Au Nguyen highlights some of the pages he found while scanning these rich scrapbook in the WOS Archive. Check out the included flipbook as well for a page by page look at the racing articles and photos from the 1930s.
Every two years, the World of Speed Archive goes through the meticulous process of inventorying its complete collection, item by item, to make sure we are caring for all of the items in our catalog, many items donated by local motorsports enthusiasts like you. Along the way, we’ve gotten to dig into the boxes and remember some of the fun and unique items from the Collection. So obviously we wanted to share some with you.
The World of Speed Archive keeps over 200 racer files at the ready for visitors to take a peak. And we are always adding on so if you see a racer not covered but willing to donate something that would help us start a racer file on them, get in touch! Many of these include fan cards while some include articles or other material connected to the racer. Don't forget the check out our photo profiles too.
Volunteer Steve Dietz highlights the Steve Denbo PIR Drag Racing Collection after organizing the collection, making his way through each of the over a half dozen boxes, helping to identify items for the display, and creating the finding aid for everyone to be able to see and experience the full Denbo collection donated by Roseie Denbo.