The kids are back to school, the weather is starting to cool off, and pumpkin spice is in everything you’re going to eat. It’s September! Classes are back in session at our Automotive Learning Center, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have eager kids here ready to learn. If you’re interested in motorsports history, there are events planned all throughout October for American Archive Month!
The life of Bruce McLaren was a tragically short one, but in his 32 years on this planet, he changed the face of motorsports forever.
On Saturday, September 16, join us at the World of Speed Motorsports Museum for a showing of “McLaren,” the new documentary about Bruce McLaren’s life and legacy — and how an upstart from New Zealand challenged the big names of racing.
Tickets are $5; World of Speed members came come for free! The show starts at 6 p.m., and seating is limited, so please let us know you’ll be coming.
See you at the movies!
Q: When and how did you become a motorsports enthusiast?
I've been an automotive enthusiast since I was a child. I love cars — driving them, working on them, modifying them, looking at them, photographing them, listening to other car owners talking about them. This year, I went back to autocrossing them, after a 40-year hiatus called life.
Q: What kind of influence has that had on your life?
[Motorsports have] been a major influence. As an example, I'm retired and I volunteer both at World of Speed and at Portland Cars and Coffee. There are four autos in our household, 3 of which are Volkswagens (limited only by space for parking), and most weekends are booked with car shows, cruises, autocrosses, drag or dirt track races, and so on.
Q: What makes volunteering at World of Speed meaningful to you?
The group of close friends that I've made working here.
Q: What is the most memorable experience of your time volunteering?
Again, the group of close friends that I’ve made working here!
Q: What do you wish other people knew about World of Speed?
How incredibly awesome it is.
Q: If you could choose any vehicle to be displayed in the museum, what would it be?
Gilbert the Racing Bug — see picture. It lives here in Portland and is owned by a friend. It's a vintage race car.
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).
Meet Porsche lover, radio veteran, and World of Speed volunteer Peter Linksy.
Hollywood legend and motorcycle lover Steve McQueen got a bike as a gift from Honda. Eclipse Day is the anniversary.
Watch the solar eclipse safely! Get eclipse glasses and other solar eclipse gear at the World of Speed Museum Store!
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!
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!
Meet Mopar fan, NASCAR aficionado, and World of Speed volunteer John Williamson.
Need a good gift for the car lover in your life? Do your holiday shopping at the World of Speed Museum Store!