archive month at world of speed

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THROUGHout October
PNW Community Racing Timeline

(Gallery & Online)

Share a photo (and a sentence or two) of your own personal motorsports milestone! You can take part online by adding your story at, or, during the month of October, visiting the gallery and writing on our interactive timeline! Bring a photograph to the Archive Room for us to scan, print, and include. It could be your first race, a podium standing, a build completion, seeing an idol on the track, or any other memorable moment. All of these will be included in our ever-evolving online timeline that preserves and celebrates decades of local racing.


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Saturday, October 6, 10:30 A.M. –11:30 A.m.
Archive Volunteers Talk


In this hour-long Volunteer Talk, our Archive team will discuss the collections they have been working on. Includes the photos of race car parts designer Bob Tattersfield, the papers of Indy car designer Rolla Vollstedt, the extensive slide collection of local race photographer Bob Plotts, the photos of Seattle International Raceway track photographer Jeff Dykes, artifacts from a local Harley-Davidson dealership, technical drawings from Andy Granatelli, and several others. Items from these collections will be on display in the Archive Room through the end of October’s Open Archive Days.

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October 12–14

(Archive Room)

Visit the Archive Room during our monthly Open Archive Days, from the second Friday through Sunday of every month! New photos, posters, programs, and other artifacts are displayed for visitors to handle and explore. Only a small percentage of the museum’s collection is on display in exhibits; during Open Archive Days, visitors can see and even handle packed-away artifacts firsthand. For Saturday and Sunday, check out our Archive Collection Gallery Showcase happening in the back gallery. Details below.

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Saturday, October 13-14

A special treat in appreciation of World of Speed’s collection donors and supporters, the Archive will be showing — for one day only — images, papers, and artifacts yet to be displayed in the museum gallery. Experience great stories, unique images, and personal moments in motorsports history. Collection items will be on display at tables in the back gallery throughout the weekend.

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Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

(Multnomah Central Library in Downtown Portland)

The World of Speed Archive will once again be taking part in the Oregon Archives Crawl at the Multnomah Central Library in downtown Portland! Enjoy a small selection of gems from our collection — while you’re there, check out our Mid-Century Motorsports exhibit up on the third floor in the Collins Gallery, showcasing local racing and motorsports in pop culture from the ‘50s to the ‘70s.

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Sunday, October 21, 11:00 A.M. –12 NOON
Preserve Now, Find Later! Free Workshop

(Archive Room)

The World of Speed Archive wants to help you care for and share your precious memories and objects, even if they aren’t about cars or motorsports! Associate Archivist Sara Paulson will walk you through some simple measures you can take to protect and care for your photos, films, vintage clothing, memorabilia, letters, posters, videos, and even digital material. Come ready with questions if you have specific items in mind!

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Saturday, October 27–28

(Archive Room)

If you have racing or motorsports-related photos or papers that you’d like scanned, this is for you! Sign up for a 20-minute time slot, either online at or onsite in the Archive Room. During your time slot, the Archive staff will scan as many of your photos as possible on multiple high-resolution scanners and send you home with a USB flash drive filled with your photos or papers. The digital copies will then be added into our permanent collection in order to build and preserve the story of motorsports. Time slots are from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday or 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday.