Volunteer Spotlight: Mike Hart

Q: What do you do at World of Speed and why do you enjoy it?

A: At World of Speed I am a simulator operator.  I love being able to give people a taste of what driving these cars is all about and really enjoy being able to give a little coaching along the way.  I learn a few things along the way too.

Q: What is your favorite memory at World of Speed to date?

A: I think my favorite memories came on the same day and were early on, shortly after World of Speed opened.  There was a man, a veteran I believe who was in a wheel chair with very limited mobility.  He kept coming back to the simulators and finally asked if we thought he could drive one. We helped him into the NASCAR and the look of happiness on his face at the end is something I will always remember.  He came back and did the NASCAR again and then returned for the Formula.

Q: How did your love for motorsports begin?

A: I think my passion is for cars first and motorsports second.  The first must be genetically hard wired.  The second comes from memories of my father taking me to a few dirt track races when I was pretty young and then going to Indy in 1966.  Growing up in the golden era of muscle cares only enhanced things.

Q:  What accomplishment in life are you most proud of?

A: Most proud of?  It would have to be my family and children.  They are adults now, even act like it much of the time, but both my daughter and son have grown into exceptional human beings with flourishing careers.  I have two grandchildren that I adore, Joel who is 3 and Julia who is just 6 months old.

Q: What exhibit or vehicle would you love to see in the museum?

A: More... I like everything there and really look forward to the new cars and exhibits as they come and go.  With that said, I would love to see some of the work from the hot rod builders and fabricators join the museum exhibits.  The creativity these display is awesome!