Last Lap: Checkered falls on World of Speed Summer Camps

This week of summer camp was unanimously deemed ‘the all-stars’ round of the World of Speed Summer Camps. All students were returning and focused on setting quick times. Our campers and staff were feeling ultra-competitive this week so we split the group into two big teams to challenge each other on a variety of racing tasks.

Team Ford consisted of staff members Connor and Brayden, and campers 18 year-old Anson, and our fearless leader, John. This group was not only fast at Pat's Acres Racing Complex, where we spent a couple hours every day, but they completely dominated the simulators and games.

Team Mopar was made up of staff member Ariel, 15 year-old camper Brayden, 16 year-old Natalie, and 16 year-old Griffin. This group was particularly skilled with the slot cars and on track competition.

By working in teams they had to rely on each other to finish laps, stay consistent and keep the wheels on track. Together they learned the ins and outs of track lines, safety on course and officiating this type of competition. We had numerous guest speakers including former NASCAR driver, Reb Wickersham. He was full of stories and tips for our aspiring drivers. “Respect everyone out there with you. Be respectful of your fellow drivers. Do the best you can.” he said. K&N driver, Gracin Raz came in and took a track day with us. “It was fun having him. Great competition and he had good tips for the kids” said Ariel. He talked about marketing and what racing means to him. Lastly Patty McMillan from Clackamas County Safety Commission came in and had activities displaying the hazards of driving impaired.

The points came right down to the wire, with Team Ford edging out Team Mopar by three points. Best Simulator Driver went to Anson who consistently held top times in all three simulators. Best On-track Driver went to camper Brayden whose fastest lap was 50.216. Griffin won the Most Improved award by shaving 2.65 seconds off of his total lap time for the week.

It has been a great summer here at the World of Speed. This week was the perfect way to bring it to a close. It was in every way all-stars week.