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The Great Northwest Racing Photo Dig

For October only, the Archive will have photo collections made available for you to dig through to find photos of you or your friend or family on the track. If you find one, we’ll send you a watermarked digitized copy for your keeping; limit two photos per person. Along the way you’ll be helping us identify some of the thousands of photos and slides covering Northwest racing from the 1960s into the 21st century.

Not sure where to start? We’ll have finding aids available onsite as well as linked below for selected collections such as the Dykes Drag Racing Collection and Bob Plotts Slides Collection which cover local racing. In honor of American Archive Month, we’re waving our research package fees and making select photo collections available for public viewing.

Visit the Archive Room throughout the month to dig through the collections and find photos of you, your family or friends. For October’s Archive in the Gallery, Sat 5 – Sun 6, we’ll move the Great Northwest Racing Photo Dig to the museum gallery.


Collections available to dig through:

Jeff Dykes Drag Racing Collection – Over 14,500 photo prints from SIR photographer covering local motorcycle and four wheel drag racing from the 1970s through the 1990s.

Bob Plotts Slides Collection – The 32 boxes of slides are broken down into six main series (Concourse, Event, Museum, Race, Race Series and Tracks) covering the northwest and the national stage, 1970s to 2000s.

Neil Swanson Racing Photo & Slide Collection – Nearly 2,000 slides and 40 prints primarily covering racing at PIR from the 1960s to 1990s, with over half during the 1980s.

Scott Manley Slide Collection – Six boxes of slides mostly of sports car races and shows from the early 1970s into the mid 1990s.

Mike Bell Portland Speedway Photo Collection – Hundreds of photo prints covering the later years of racing at Portland Speedway, mostly from the 1990s into 2001.

Hildick Photo Collection – 40 photos covering racing at Portland Speedway and Farmers Field during the 1930s-1950s.

Joe Bosso Photo Collection – Series of photos of local racer at a range of local/regional track from the 1930s to 1950s.

Synder Photo Collection - A binder of 1960s and 1970s NASCAR races in California at the San Gabriel Speedway, Orange Show Speedway, Saugus Speedway and possibly other tracks in Oregon and Washington.


Other collections including local racers:

John Fuez Local Racer Photo Collection – Roughly 20 local racers named amongst national names from this personal collection of mostly Indy style racing from the 1960s.

Motorsports Photo Series – This collection covers a wide span of subjects and time periods, including national milestones and personalities, as well as some local racing.

Photo Series - Steve Daly Collection, Stock and Indy, Mid-20th Century - A collection of local, regional and national photographs of Stock and Indy races including Gresham, Yakima and Lebanon tracks.

Photo Series - Whitney Drag Racing Photos at PIR / Woodburn - 1960s and 1970s photos amassed by Dale Whitney, a former starter at Portland International Raceway (PIR) and Woodburn Drag Strip.

Photo Series - Portland Speedway, Portland Meadows, and Jantzen Beach – Roughly 80 images from the 1940 are from film negatives taken in 1949 and 1950 that were developed into digital form in 2014.

Photo Series - Steve Beireis Photo Collection - Digital images and prints from Eugene Speedway and Portland Speedway from the 1980s to 2000s.

PIR Manager Dale La Follette's Photo Collection - 32 sheets of approximately 560 slides on the following subjects: PIR CART (1984), PIR IMSA (1984), PIR Trans Am (1984), Sports Car (1960s).

Check out our photo collections catalog and let us know if you see a collection that you or a family member might be in! Try to search a name and you may just find a photo profile.

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