Volunteer Spotlight: Frank Bakanau

Q: What do you do at World of Speed and why do you enjoy it?
A: I’m a Docent here and I’ve been here since the beginning. I have to say, it’s a lot of fun. You meet very interesting people, you have great conversations and you tend to learn something every day.

Q: How did your love for motorsports and cars begin?
A: From a very early age. I have a memory of my father, sister and I going to Olympic Park in Irvington, New Jersey. He would buy a whole role of tickets. I would get on the cars and my sister would get on the horses. It’s been that way ever since. Seriously, she has horses and I have cars.

Q: Tell us about your current project.
A: It’s a replica of a Lola T70 MKIII B. It’s a company called race car replicas out of Michigan. It comes as a rolling chassis with a body and then you have to finish it. I have been working on it for a little over 3 years. I have done all the machining on it myself, all of the welding, all the fabrication. I’m doing everything but the paint. It’s at the paint shop as we speak. It should be on the road in hopefully October or November.

Q: What would you like to see in the museum one day?
A: I have a couple favorite cars that I would love to have here. One is the D Type Jaguar. Previous to the E Type which everybody knows and loves there was the D Type which won Le Mans 3 times I believe. And the other would be a Chrysler 300 letter car, preferably a ’61 300G. It would be really appropriate for this museum.