October is archive month


Tag & Post Contest

(Online; tablet stations in Archive Room) 

Search our online collection catalog from any online device for the racers, tracks, and series you know and love. See something you’re familiar with? Add 10 or more words in the comment section at the bottom of the page to contribute to our information about the object or subject. Don’t forget to include your full name! At the end of the month, the individual with the most eligible catalog comments will win a $50 gift certificate good for World of Speed admission, simulator tickets, and the museum store.

Kick-off PNW Community Racing Timeline

(Gallery & Online)

Share a photo and a sentence or two of your own personal motorsports milestone. You can submit your picture and description on our website, share it on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #WOSracetime, or come into the gallery to write on our interactive timeline (bring a photo to the Archive Room for us to scan, print, and include)! It could be your first race, a podium standing, or a build completion. All these will be included in an ever-evolving online timeline that preserves and celebrates decades of local racing.


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Saturday, October 7, 11:30–12:30 p.m.
Archive Volunteers’ Talk


Our Archive volunteers will talk about the collections that they have been working on, including collections based on local high-performance mechanic and teacher Pat Usher, Portland International Raceway dragstrip manager Steve Denbo, prolific race photographer Bob Plotts, racing materials from the PR Scott estate, the photos of Everett Duncan, and the papers and blueprints from Andy Granatelli. Items from these collections will be on display in the Archive Room throughout the week and into October’s Open Archive Days.

Saturday, October 7–15
Volunteers Collection Showcase

(Archive Room)

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Friday, October 13–15
Open Archive Days

(Archive Room)

Visit the Archive Room during our monthly Open Archive Days, from the second Friday of the month through Sunday, when photos, posters, programs, and other artifacts are on display for visitors to handle and explore. Only a small percentage of the museum’s Collection is on display in exhibits; Open Archive Days let visitors see packed-away artifacts firsthand and possibly even help to identify photo subjects.

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Saturday, October 21–22
Racing Home Movies on the Big Screen

Racing home movies donated to the Collection will be shown on the big screen throughout the weekend. Take a seat and stay a while, or check them out while you explore the other exhibits in the gallery. Check out 50 years of drag racing, boat racing, land-speed record attempts, midget car racing, Indy racing, and more from across the Pacific Northwest and all the way down the west coast. If you have a racing home movie transferred onto DVD or digital file that you’d like to include, please deliver it to the World of Speed Archive at least one week in advance.

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Saturday, October 21, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Record Your Racing Story


Got a story to tell? Perhaps it’s from your time racing or building, when you watched the race of a lifetime, or the first time you worked on a car as a kid! Can you share a story about an item you donated to the Collection? Whether three minutes or 15 minutes, we’ll record your story in the museum gallery — look for our recording station at the white couch — preserve it as part of our Racing Story Vault community stories video series, and make it available online for all to share.

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Saturday, October 28
Preserve Now, Find Later! Free Workshop

(Archive Room)

The World of Speed Archive wants to help you care for and share your precious memories and objects, even if they aren’t about cars or motorsports. Archivist Katrina O’Brien will walk you through some simple measures you can take to save and care for your photos, films, vintage gear and clothing, memorabilia, letters, posters, tools, videos, and even emails and digital material. Come ready with questions if you have specific items in mind.

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Saturday, October 28–29
Collection Tag & Post Contest Speed-a-Thon

(Archive Room)

With only a few days left until the month-long Tag & Post Contest is over, the Archive Room will be set up with multiple tablets for you to get in as many tags and posts as possible. Don’t forget, the online collection catalog is available from any online device, but come by the Archive Room the last weekend of the month and get a special treat for participating in the Speed-a-Thon.

Tuesday, October 31
Tag & Post Contest: Final Day 

Wednesday, November 1
Tag & Post Contest: Winner Announced

Have a story to tell? Submit it to the PNW Community Racing Timeline.