Video Collections

Archive Month Staff Video Series

Archive Month Staff Video Series

In celebration of American Archive Month, our staff participated in a series of videos, each choosing a favorite item from our collection.

S1:E1: World of Speed Education Director Lewis Ferguson discusses the racing flags owned by Ed Rose, a racer at Portland Speedway in the 1940s who became an official, starter, and referee.

Car Movies, Racing Movies — 1950s Style!

Car Movies, Racing Movies — 1950s Style!

Each decade has its quintessential car culture movies but it was the 1950s that would first solidify the relationship between cars and movies, and the culture they shaped and was shaped by them, from teen culture to racing culture, dating culture, counter culture, and club/gang culture, all of which continue to find there way into car (and motorcycle) movies and television show to this day.

PNW Racing Films Available Online - WOS#4265

PNW Racing Films Available Online - WOS#4265

New digital videos from the Archive are now available online including the first Rose Cup Races, the first time Indy car CART racing came to PIR in 1984, and the 1963 Portland Grand Prix as well as clips of 1950s-1980s jalopy, stock, motorcycles and sidecar racing, and film of Barney Oldfield. Enjoy! For more racing films from our collection, visit https://vimeo.com/worldofspeed.

Digitized Lions Drag Strip Films Bring Racing Back to Life

Digitized Lions Drag Strip Films Bring Racing Back to Life

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.

Driver Seat Stories– Recording Your First-Hand Racing History

Driver Seat Stories– Recording Your First-Hand Racing History

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.