Motorsports History, Technology & Culture

Motorsports History, Technology & Culture

The World of Speed Archive in making its way to Collins Gallery at the Multnomah Central Library in downtown Portland for the month of September and October, celebrating the history, technology and culture of racing during the 1950s, '60s and '70s, with a focus on local racing, motorsports in pop culture, and the evolution of technology. Images include only a taste of the breadth of items that will be on display, as well as the content included in each of the twelve display cases.

PNW Racing Films Available Online - WOS#4265

PNW Racing Films Available Online - WOS#4265

New digital videos from the Archive are now available online including the first Rose Cup Races, the first time Indy car CART racing came to PIR in 1984, and the 1963 Portland Grand Prix as well as clips of 1950s-1980s jalopy, stock, motorcycles and sidecar racing, and film of Barney Oldfield. Enjoy! For more racing films from our collection, visit https://vimeo.com/worldofspeed.

A Collection Made by Donors & Lenders - Thank You

A Collection Made by Donors & Lenders - Thank You

It has been just over three years since World of Speed opened its doors to the public. And since then, we have been supported by individuals and organizations who have generously given images and artifacts to the Museum’s Archive Collection.  The World of Speed Archive is continuously finding ways to share the items donors and lenders have so generously brought into the World of Speed Collection. As we continue to preserve the history, technology and culture of motorsports to celebrate and educate for generations to come, we want to say thank you to the individuals and organizations that have contributed to the World of Speed Collection. 

1909 Portland Street Racing

1909 Portland Street Racing

During the early 1900s, car race tracks were yet to be an option. Instead, races happened on unpaved streets, later evolving in road race courses. In 1909, a few quiet Portland streets were turned into a race track, complete with crash and first aid car. While most of the streets named in the photo notes are no longer on a modern day Portland map, these photos are a peek into not only early racing but the early layout of Portland's city streets.

Volunteers, Videos, Motorcycles, Indy Design, Drag & More

Volunteers, Videos, Motorcycles, Indy Design, Drag & More

The Archive volunteers have gotten their hands on some pretty great materials while helping to preserve a wide range of motorsports materials. Glenn has started to unpack a donation from a past Harley-Davidson store manager. Steve is taking on the papers of local Indy car designer Rolla Vollstedt while Gregg and Frank top off our annual magazine sorting project. Tom J. is incorporating new magazine issues and titles into our master magazine list after the annual volunteer sorting project. Meanwhile, Au has moved to the prints collection of SIR track photographer Jeff Dykes.

Over 400 Magazines Titles at Your Fingertips

Over 400 Magazines Titles at Your Fingertips

With over 400 magazine titles covering decades of racing, cars, motorcycles, models and more, the World of Speed Archive can help. If you've got a subject that's peaked your interest, we can suggest titles or time periods to sift through for that perfect article or subject you've been craving to find out more about. From niche titles to international brands, these magazines have a wealth of information from how-tos to who's who's. Check out our list of all magazine title available.

Treasure Finds in the Members Library

Treasure Finds in the Members Library

Just a taste of the many books from bio picks to behind-the-scenes exposés, award winning cars to engineering feats, motorcycle care to auto math, and even pulp fiction. Books reviewed include: Behind the Wall: A Season on the NASCAR Circuit; Faster! A Racer’s Diary; Drag Racing’s Quarter-Mile Warriors; Offenhauser: The Legendary Racing Engine and the Men Who Built It; Road Race of Champions; Auto Math Handbook: Calculations, Formulas, Equations and Theory for Automotive Enthusiasts; Motorcycle Detailing Made Easy; and Cobra: the First 40 Years.

Highlights from the Granatelli Technical Drawings Collection

Highlights from the Granatelli Technical Drawings Collection

The Granatelli Technical Drawings Collection includes over 4000 drawings and covers the multiple business Granatelli was connected to from Grancor onto Studebaker, Paxton, and STP as well as the multiple relationships with parts developers and builders along the way including Novi, McNamara, McCulloch, and Ferguson and many more. The small collection of scanned images of oversized blueprints and hand drawings below are made possible with the help of Kelley Imaging Services located in Tigard, OR.

From the Pages of Herm Petersen's Scrapbook

From the Pages of Herm Petersen's Scrapbook

Herm Petersen’s scrapbook contains over 100 pages of drag racing history during the 1970s with numerous local newspaper clippings and magazine covers, much having to do with his own harrowing career as well as other racers thriving in the Pacific Northwest and on the national stage at the time, including Don Garlits, Jerry Ruth, Gaines Markley and Bob Mitchell.

World of Speed Honors Portland Speedway’s Drive-In Theater

World of Speed Honors Portland Speedway’s Drive-In Theater

Did you know that the framing of the large projector screen at World of Speed is designed to replicate the drive-in movie theater that was a quintessential part of Portland Speedway?

Check out photos of Portland Speedway alongside images of World of Speed as well as range of items from the World of Speed Archive’s collection highlighting the Speedway’s 75 years of racing before closing in 2001.

Developing the Granatelli Race Cars

Developing the Granatelli Race Cars

Using images and technical drawings from the World of Speed Archive's Granatelli Collection, volunteer Tom Stycznski elaborates on his volunteer talk presentation covering Andy and his development of race cars starting with his early years in Chicago, building Grancor and the Hurricane Hot Rod Association along with his early years in race promotion. Learn about his relationship with McCulloch, Paxton and Studebaker; the development of the Novi engine for Indy car racing; and the partnership with Ferguson to get it to the Indy 500; and then finally the move to the turbine engine and Andy's relationship with STP. Also, check out blueprints and technical drawing of the 1969 Indy car and the land speed record Avanti. 

Bob Tattersfield Speed Parts Photo Collection

Bob Tattersfield Speed Parts Photo Collection

Part of the early hot rod SoCal scene of performance car shops, Bob Tattersfield of Electric & Carburetor Engineering Co., built speed parts during the late 1940s and early 1950s including dual manifolds and superchargers. Tattersfield partnered up with Frank Baron to build the Tattersfield-Baron Special streamliner race car. Check out the flipbook of images from WOS Archive Tattersfield photo collection.

A Tale of Two Rose City Speedways

With images and artifacts from the Collection along with researching local newspapers, WOS Archive Associate Archivist Sara Paulson shares the story of the TWO Rose City Speedways of Portland, once from the beginning of the 20th century and one re-branded just in time for the 1980s. Spoiler alert, it includes the now Rose City Golf Course and the now closed Portland Speedway.

Old Scout Made it to Portland in 1905, Winning the First Transcontinental Car Race

Old Scout Made it to Portland in 1905, Winning the First Transcontinental Car Race

The World of Speed Archive recently scanned a group of images from our Collection covering the first transcontinental race (Photo Profile - 1905 Transcontinental Race, WOS#3805). Check out how on May 8, 1905, a pair of 7-horsepower Curved Dash Oldsmobile Runabouts, notably Old Scout and Old Steady, made their way from New York City to Portland, Oregon.

PNW Community Racing Timeline

PNW Community Racing Timeline

The Pacific Northwest Community Racing Timeline shares moments in local motorsports history. Experience firsthand accounts and historical moments of early tracks, those behind the wheel or in the stands, clubs and cars, local heroes and all those that make up the Pacific Northwest's rich motorsports experience.

The PNW Racing Timeline is generated from material included in the World of Speed Archive as well as submissions provided by visitors to the Museum during American Archive Month (2017) as well as through our online submission form. To be part of the experience, contribute at http://www.worldofspeed.org/pnw-community-racing-timeline.

From the Granatelli Papers: "A Gas Turbine Powered Car for Championship Class Racing"

From the Granatelli Papers: "A Gas Turbine Powered Car for Championship Class Racing"

Found amongst the thousands of papers from the Granatelli estate recently donated to World of Speed, "A Gas Turbine Powered Car for Championship Class Racing" is at its core, a pitch to possible investors and partners (some, not necessarily "motorheads") to help back the develop of a gas-powered turbine Indy car for the 1967 Indy 500 with clear easy-to-read sections covering sometimes-hard-to-understand elements (especially for those who don't know the ins-and-outs of cars) needed to produce a high performance race car specifically for the Indy 500.