World of Speed values lifelong learning. Discover the many adult education opportunities available for you at the museum! Whether you’re looking for a basic car care workshop or a lecture with a racing legend, our programs are designed to provide engaging, interactive experiences with adults in mind.
VOLUNTEER TALK - Slot Car Racing From The Turn of The Century to Today
Saturday, November 2 - 10:30 a.m.
Volunteer Talk – Greg Petrolati
Join us as Greg Petrolati presents a brief history of slot car racing from its early beginnings to the present. Slot cars have existed ever since standard race cars inspired them to be built. Greg’s talk will cover the beginning of the hobby from the turn of the last century through its heyday in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, to where we are today.
Greg been a motor-head all his life. Previously to volunteering at World of Speed, he was the Midwest Editor for Victory Lane Magazine and a contributor for Vintage Motorsports Magazine. He has scratch-built his own slot cars and has produced several slot car bodies in cast resin.
ADULT WORKSHOP - High Performance Engine Theory and Design
Saturday, November 16 - 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Allen Osborne
Want to make sure your car has real power under the hood? Want to know what truly differentiates a high-performance engine from the rest? On Saturday, November 16, join fellow car lovers for an all-day workshop: “High-Performance Engine Theory and Design.”
The workshop, taught by Volvo and Nissan veteran, ASE Master Technician, and WTI Technical Training Instructor Allen Osborne, will focus on turbochargers and cover the following topics:
• Deﬁning Horsepower and Torque
• Choosing the Proper Bore and Stroke
• Setting Up and Selecting the Right Camshaft
• Accurate Dyno Testing and Tuning
• The Relationship Between Camshafts and Turbocharging
• Rod Ratio and Its Effect on Torque (Rod/Stroke Ratio)
• Cylinder Head Design Characteristics
• Intake and Exhaust Tuning Calculations
• Engine Lubrication Systems
• Calculating Proper Air/Fuel Ratios
• Common Issues and Tricks of High Performance Tuning
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. // Cost: $100 (Member Cost: $75)