Volunteer Spotlight: Susan Stone

Meet Susan Stone

Q:  How would you describe your volunteer role at WOS?
A: I started as a “Greeter” in the front lobby. Lately I’ve also been working in the Archive Room which I consider the Museum’s hidden gem. The Archive Room accepts donations of almost anything related to racing…artifacts, books, magazines, signage, toys…and makes them available for education and research. I get to touch racing history. The most difficult part is trying not to get too distracted by the treasures I’m cataloging!

Q:  What do you love about motorsports?
A: I was born a petrol head even though no one else in my family cared about cars. In high school I saw the John Frankenheimer movie “Grand Prix” and fell head over heals in love with Formula 1. That hasn’t changed despite 1’s changes over the years. I also love land speed racing and lately I’ve discovered jet cars. I seem to be smitten with the totally mad cars.  

Q:  If you could choose one car to display at World of Speed what would it be?
A: The Tyrrell P34 six-wheel Formula 1 car. It ran in 1976 and 1977 and was one of the craziest F1 cars of all time.

Q: What keeps you coming back to volunteer at World of Speed week after week?
A: I am surrounded by terrific people at the Museum. For the first time I have a group of local friends I can talk “car” with! I want to learn about types of racing beyond Formula 1 and the Museum lets me do that. The exhibits are great and the docents are amazingly knowledgeable and patient with my questions. I think World of Speed is a fabulous addition to Greater Portland Metro and I want to contribute to its success.

Q:  What’s a fun fact about you?
A: I collect 18th and 19th Century handwritten cookbooks and I cook from them. I make my own butter and have grown my own yeast. Some pretty unusual baked goods show up in the World of Speed “Brake Room” from time to time!