The big total solar eclipse is right around the corner, and World of Speed is right there at ground zero!
We’ve got plenty of neat eclipse stuff in the World of Speed Museum Store, like educational pamphlets, books, and — of course — eclipse glasses, so that you can look at the main event without hurting your eyes.
Stop by and see what we have to offer! (Before all the traffic gets here).
Q: When and how did you become a motorsports enthusiast?
I was first exposed to motorsports in the early ‘50s. My late brother-in-law was an engineer at North American Aviation in West Los Angeles. He and a close friend both drove MGTCs and were drawn into the burgeoning SoCal sports car racing community. When he was engaged to my sister, they would often stuff me into the tiny space behind his MG’s seats, and all three of us would drive around to SoCal race tracks including Pomona, Paramount Ranch, and Torrey Pines. He and my sister became friends with a now-famous group of drivers including Phil Hill, Richie Ginther, and Carroll Shelby. My sister once related going to a birthday party at Phil’s apartment in Santa Monica, parking their first baby son and his bassinet in Phil’s bathtub. Her family and the Hills have remained friends ever since. My brother-in-law was also a professional photographer in his spare time, and shot many features for the old “Road & Track” magazine, and all of that rubbed off on me.
In the ‘60s and ‘70s, there were few cats cooler than Steve McQueen. Well known as an avid motorcycle lover, McQueen’s breakout role in “The Great Escape” featured him on top of a bike as an American soldier escaping a Nazi prison camp.
Summer’s getting hotter, but the cars, motorcycles, and boats in our museum exhibits are as cool as ever. Come take a spin in one of our three state-of-the-art racing simulators, built from real race cars! It’s all the fun and excitement of being behind the wheel — only with air conditioning!
School’s out for summer! As the weather heats up, stay cool at World of Speed. Bring the kids by to see great exhibits like “American Muscle Cars,” “Road Race Motorcycles,” and “Women in Racing” — or sign them up for one of our unforgettable summer camp programs, for an experience as fun and exciting as it is educational!
Can you believe that it’s already May? There’s still time left to sign your kids up for our great summer camp programs, where they can explore science, technology, and more in a fun, entertaining environment. Spaces are limited, so don’t miss out!
Spring is finally here! With the season of renewal comes World of Speed’s newest featured exhibit: American Muscle Cars. Relive the ‘60s and ‘70s with legendary cars that rocked wild engines and even wilder paint jobs. Keep an eye out for information about our annual “Ignite the Night” event this October!
Tired of being drizzled on? Seek shelter from the rain at World of Speed and explore the history of racing in the Pacific Northwest with our new Portland International Raceway exhibit. As we head into spring, remember to sign your kids up for our fun youth summer camp programs! Space is limited, so sign up soon to ensure your child gets the spot they want.
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!