This month at World of Speed, join us for the Engineering Week Makers' Fair! From blacksmithing to robotics, join local makers and creators to celebrate ingenuity and technology with fun hands-on activities! While you're here, try taking a ride in one of our three state-of-the-art race car simulators, and don't forget to check out our new exhibit about racing motorcycles.
A new year means change and renewal, and a chance to start over on a fresh new footing. With that in mind, we've made some changes to our newsletter with an eye towards clarity, simplification, and making it easier for our readers to see all the cool things happening at World of Speed in the coming month. We hope you enjoy it!
What a year it’s been! It’s hard to believe it went by so quickly. It’s time to ring in the new year, to get a fresh start and to look forward with clear eyes. But before we all start on the time-honored tradition of forgetting that it’s 2017 when we fill out forms and paperwork, let’s look back at where we’ve been. We’ve put together a neat little infographic that distills World of Speed’s 2016 down to the numbers — we hope you enjoy it!
Q: When and how did you become a motorsports enthusiast?
A: In the mid ‘60s, when I was 15 or 16 years old. I was kind of born with it. I really have always liked cars; I really did get into drag racing in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. We had Beeline Dragway in Phoenix, and that was the NHRA Winternationals. I’ve seen Don Garlits, Prudhomme, and Jungle Jim. So that was really it … and then I got really into boats!
Q: When and how did you become a motorsports enthusiast? A: I can recall watching NASCAR races on “Wide World of Sports” when I was ten years old, and that was almost 50 years ago! It just whet my appetite for it. I think it was even further back than that — when I was about five years old, I wanted a Corvette Stingray. That was my ultimate dream car. I was always a fan of watching motorsports and attending races. I have even done the fantasy Richard Petty experience a couple of times.
After five months of qualifiers, dozens and dozens of drivers had been whittled down to just the five fastest for each car. Last night, our competitors gave it their all, but in the end there could only be one. Congratulations to Treavor for snagging the fastest time in all three competitions!
Our Halloween Spooktacular was wonderful! Thanks to everyone who came; we hope you had as much fun as we did! Congratulations to our contest winner Nicole for guessing the weight of our 407-pound pumpkin. It'll make a lot of pie...
Q: What do you enjoy about volunteering at World of Speed? A: I love interacting with people. I get to do things for people here. I get to tell them about all of the wonderful automobiles in this museum, and I also get to sometimes lead tours which I really enjoy. It’s all really fun
Being a motorsports fan can sometimes be about a love for the cars themselves - the power and beauty of these machines, equal parts art and science - and it can sometimes be about a love for the men and women who drive them. There are stories behind these cars, from their creation to their competition, and sometimes to their battle scars.
The 2016 Spark Gala took place on Saturday, September 17 at World of Speed. The museum welcomed hundreds of its closest friends and supporters. Sponsors, board and advisory board members and guests were immersed in a “Moonshine” themed night and enjoyed cocktails, food and a music, all while being surrounded by amazing cars.
Thank you to all of our members for making our Member BBQ a huge success. The celebration kicked off at noon with fun, games, music and the Mercedes Benz car raffle drawing at 2 pm! Our museum members stopped by, excited and eager to join in the fun hoping for their name to be drawn. Our parking lot buzzed
Q: What do you do at World of Speed and why do you enjoy it? A: I’m a Docent here and I’ve been here since the beginning. I have to say, it’s a lot of fun. You meet very interesting people, you have great conversations and you tend to learn something every day.
Q: What do you do at World of Speed and why do you enjoy it?
A: I started as a Docent, but because I don’t know much about race cars, I graduated to the front lobby where I greet people, share with them my experience and enthusiasm for the museum, and promote the products here that we sell. I love doing that and I love talking to people.
This summer has been a busy time for World of Speed’s education programs. Our summer campers have been taking part in robotics challenges, simulator racing, making their own CO2 dragsters and much more!
Q: What do you do at World of Speed and why do you enjoy it?
A: At World of Speed I am a simulator operator. I love being able to give people a taste of what driving these cars is all about and really enjoy being able to give a little coaching along the way. I learn a few things along the way too.
Our celebration of our newest exhibit the 100th running of the 500 kicked off on Thursday, June 9, with two hours of amazing people and cars at a special preview party! Hundreds of our museum members and special friends stopped by, excited and eager to take a sneak peek at Word of Speed’s newest exhibit, Heroes and History. West coast drapes covered the Indy cars, which were waiting to be unveiled and show their colors for all to see. The gallery was abuzz with energy and excitement as our guests walked through the main doors and enjoyed amazing food and drink as part of the celebration. Guests were also able to strike a pose in the Sunshine Dairy Victory Lane wall. This unique photo opportunity allows guests to dress in full racing uniform, adorn themselves with a winner’s wreath, and “drink” a bottle of milk--which has been the beverage of choice for Indy winners for decades.
At the heart of World of Speed is our dedication to education. The past school year demonstrates this through an innovative partnership between the museum, Clackamas Community College and four local school districts. Many high schools lack the facilities and resources to host an automotive education program, so World of Speed and its partners are filling this gap.
Dean is a dedicated member of the volunteer crew here at World of Speed. Not only is Dean dedicated to World of Speed, but he is a loyal motorsport loving gearhead. Find out more about how Dean’s grandmother played a powerful role in igniting his interest in motorsports and what kind of influence that continues to have on his life today.
As you may have seen, our team came away from Michigan with a 4th place overall finish. Not bad considering the number of teams we go up against at these competitions, but it's definitely a result we aren't quite used to.
Mike Mason has been a dedicated volunteer since the day World of Speed opened its doors. With a background in building race cars and having followed circuits of racing such as Nascar, NHRA and IRL for decades, he brings extensive knowledge and experience to the volunteer team. When Mike isn’t at the museum guiding tours and engaging visitors, he can be found cheering on and supporting his favorite drivers at Woodburn Dragstrip or camping with his family at one of his favorite spots on the Oregon Coast. We sat down with Mike to learn a little bit more about his love of racing and why he volunteers at World of Speed:
The team set out on the road for Michigan International Speedway last Sunday night, 39 hours and 2,400 something miles from Corvallis, Oregon to Brooklyn, Michigan. We’re one of 120 teams here to compete for the overall prize, all of these schools aiming to score 1,000 points throughout the week. GFR has taken first place in 6 of the last 7 years here in Michigan!
On Saturday, June 4th at 12:30pm, volunteer Tom Nelson will discuss his story of Love and Racing.
Tom Nelson, a Michigan native, arrived in Portland in 1969 to continue his career as a Mechanical Engineering degree and Technical Field Representative for Caterpillar Tractor. Something about the city further fueled his love of motorsports, and a few months later he joined Cascade Sports Car Club. He put his growing love of racing into practice when he began autocrossing and rallying. In late 1970, he drove further into the racing world, and decided to race under the sanctioning body of the International Conference of Sports Car Clubs (ICSCC).
Down and Out without Downforce at Grand Prix of Alabama
Indycar's Grand Prix of Alabama had Graham Rahal catching leader Simon Pagenaud with every lap. It was the second race in a row for Indycar that went caution-free, maybe a big reason why Rahal’s Honda was able to get up front. With about eight to go, Rahal took a chance at the first run he had on Pagenaud. The two made contact as Rahal wasn’t able to get alongside in the braking zone, sending Pagenaud off course and back into second. But when traffic slowed the pace of Graham Rahal a few laps later, Simon Pagenaud made a move to the outside. As the two came out of the corner, the lapped car of Jack Hawksworth caught Rahal off guard. Rahal lost the left side of his front wing, and all that precious downforce along with it. At a track like Barber Motorsports Park, Rahal had no chance of keeping his pace. Simon Pagenaud was able to get back by Rahal for the lead later that lap with ease. I was glad to see that Race Control didn’t issue any penalties for the chaos in the closing laps, it was good hard racing. That makes two in a row now for Pagenaud leading into the GP of Indianapolis and then the Indy 500. Solid momentum for May. Check out the final laps from Barber on YouTube