Volunteer Talks & Spotlight: Peter Linsky


Meet Peter Linsky

On Saturday, May 7th at 12:30pm, volunteer Peter Linsky will discuss his experience in street rodding, rallying, autocross, and the dynamics of Land Speed racing. Read his Q & A below as well as his bio.

Q: When did you become such a motorsports enthusiast?
A: I was first exposed to sports cars and speed at about age 10 (see the old photo)

Q: How has that affected your life?
A:  It has utterly corrupted me!  Even at my semi-advanced age, I still enjoy the opportunity to see “the Ton” when and where it is safe to do so.  I confess that it has also absorbed a good bit of my hard-earned finances over the years, but I consider it money well-spent.

Q: What accomplishment in life are you most proud of?
A:  My family, my military service, and my career in broadcasting.  Speaking in a strictly automotive sense, I created a US Registry for Fiat Abarth automobiles in the early 1970s, when they were just an “orphan” Italian marque that few Americans knew about. That helped generate interest in their restoration and preservation worldwide. I have been a Porsche enthusiast for over 35 years and a Feature Editor at the leading US Porsche magazine for over a decade.   

Peter Linsky joined the docent team at WoS soon after the museum opened.  He is retired, after spending almost 40 years in broadcasting and print journalism in Oregon and California.

His earliest automotive interests involved street rodding and drag racing in southern California, as well as attending sports car races. His first cars included a Mercury flathead-powered 1928 Ford roadster pickup, and then a 1932 Ford Victoria with a 312 Thunderbird V8. 

In the mid-1960s, he bought a new Triumph TR4A and began rallying and auto-crossing. That was followed by a BMW 2002, then several Fiat Abarths. After racing an MGB roadster in ICSCC and SCCA for several years, he bought the Porsche 911S that still lives in his garage.  Deeply involved in the Porsche community since 1980, Peter began a new career after retirement, writing for Excellence magazine, which soon led to assignments to write and photograph Ferraris, Corvettes, and numerous other makes for half-a-dozen other publications. Peter then expanded to copywriting for several major automotive auction companies and private brokers.

Today, Peter enjoys greeting guests and sharing his broad knowledge of automobiles and racing.