2017 August Newsletter

2017 August Newsletter

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).

Volunteer Spotlight: Peter Linsky

Volunteer Spotlight: Peter Linsky

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.

2017 March Newsletter

2017 March Newsletter

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.

What made us run in 2016!

What made us run in 2016!

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!

Volunteer Spotlight: Alan Davol

Volunteer Spotlight: Alan Davol

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!

Volunteer Spotlight: John Williamson

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.