Volunteer Spotlight: Dennis Brooks

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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. 

 

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