Volunteer Spotlight: Jake Chrisman

 

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.

Q: How did your love for cars begin?
A: As far back as I can remember, honestly. Growing up my grandfather loved motorcycles, he rode motorcycles and owned a lot of them. So at first, that’s what I loved. But then he also always owned cars, and I loved all of them. I also like boats, especially a nice wooden boat or a race boat. I can’t remember how exactly it all happened, but I have loved them for as long as I can remember.

Q:If there was one car that you would like to see on display in the museum, what would it be?
A: I have a lot of ideas of vehicles that we could have here, and it’s difficult to pick just one. But since we had the old number one Bentley in here that won Le Mans twice, I would love the see the Gulf Livery GT40 #6, chassis 1075 that won Le Mans twice in 1968 and 1969.

Q: Tell us about your pickup.
A: My grandfather bought it in 1990, the year before I was born. He was buying and selling a lot of cars at that time. He bought it at an auction in Beaverton, and I still have the auction tag for it. I can’t remember exactly why he said he would give it to me once I was old enough to drive it, but he just kept it over the years and gave it to me. But the back story of that pickup is that it’s a 1955 Chevrolet 3100 second series step side pickup.

In ‘55 they only called it the second series. In ‘55 they were coming off the end of production for the rounded body style for the Chevrolet pickups which had been in production since the late 40’s and that was the first series in ‘55. The second series came in March which is my pickup. However, my pickup is a rare one because it’s a big window ‘55 with the big back glass. They only made a few hundred of those in ‘55. They made a lot of them in 1956. 5219 were built and I have one of probably only a few hundred built with big windows and probably one of only few left in existence. And it has a 327 Corvette engine in it from the restoration and the restoration is 36 years old.