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.

2016 Spark Gala

2016 Spark Gala

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.