Our Mission:

Education and entertainment through the celebration and preservation of motorsports.


World of Speed is an educational motorsports museum, where historic race cars, boats, and motorcycles tell the story of America’s motorsports culture and its leadership role in the world of motorsports. It encompasses many aspects and types of motorsports, including drag racing, road racing, land speed racing, motorcycle racing, open wheel racing, NASCAR, and hydroplanes.

Much of the museum’s content comes from the rich racing history of the Pacific Northwest, including local tracks like Woodburn Dragstrip, Jantzen Beach, and Portland International Raceway. The museum also highlights local racing luminaries such as legendary Indy race car builder Rolla Vollstedt.

The museum is funded by income from sponsorships, foundations, admissions, corporate and individual memberships, and from events held at the museum. World of Speed is a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

World of Speed respects and values the unique characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We believe we will be more successful in achieving our mission and vision when we seek out and respond to diversity, honoring the strengths, needs, voices, and backgrounds of all members of our community. We strive to break down barriers to equity and access. We work to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where all people can come together to celebrate the spirit of motorsports and reach their full potential.

Guests who visit the Museum, as well as Museum staff and volunteers, are expected to uphold these ideals and be respectful to one another. We welcome the input of our members and guests in achieving these goals, as we know this work is a journey and not a destination


World of Speed is now a Blue Star Museum! We offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day, including the National Guard and Reserve. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America.