World of Speed Museum Opens April 24

World of Speed, a Wilsonville, OR-based non-profit motorsports museum, opens its doors to the public on Friday, April 24, at 11:00 a.m. The museum’s mission is to support education and entertainment through the celebration and preservation of American motorsports. The grand opening celebration will feature race personalities from around the country, such as Herm Petersen, Rob Bruins, Clare Sanders, “Jungle Pam” Hardy, Dave Hough, Danny Thompson, Gary Bockman, and Reb Wickersham.

The Vehicle Collection

World of Speed will cover multiple aspects of motorsports, telling the stories of heroes — many of whom got their start in the Pacific Northwest. The museum will feature nearly 100 vehicles, including cars from Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, and Danica Patrick, some of which will be open for visitors to sit in and explore, making it a truly interactive experience.

Special Exhibits

● Daytona banking: The original Daytona tri-oval course is 2.5 miles long with 31-degree banking in the turns and 18-degree banking at the start/finish line. The tri-oval shape was revolutionary when conceived in 1957, as it greatly improved sightlines for fans. The World of Speed Daytona display is a 15-foot-tall, 44-foot-wide exhibit with the exact inclines of the original speedway. It features four vehicles from legendary NASCAR drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2000 Chevrolet Impala, Jim Vandiver’s 1974 Dodge Charger, Terry Labonte’s 1988 Chevy Monte Carlo, and Cale Yarborough’s 1979 Oldsmobile 442. This exhibit also includes race suits and other memorabilia from more than two-dozen NASCAR drivers, including Richard Petty, “Tiny” Lund, Tim Richmond, and Jeff Gordon, among others.

● ZERO to 1000 MPH: World of Speed’s ZERO TO 1000 MPH exhibit showcases the history of the land speed record. On display with the ZERO TO 1000 MPH exhibit will be the Triumph Castrol Rocket model and — for a limited time – the actual two-wheel motorcycle that seeks to break 400-mph and the FIM land speed record. Alongside the exhibit will be cars from Mickey Thompson’s fleet, including his original “Assault 1” and “Attempt” and tributes to his Pontiac Catalina and 2-cylinder dragster with the original engine.

● Wall of Sound: The Wall of Sound exhibit explores the fascination with both cars and music, from Jackie Brenston and Ike Turner’s “Rocket 88” of 1951, through ZZ Top’s hits of the 1980s. Auto-related albums and guitars are featured, as well as an expansive display of contemporary radios, TVs, in-car record players, tape decks, and CD players — most of which work and/or are interactive.

● Motorcycle display: Sponsored by Triumph Motorcycles, World of Speed’s motorcycle display was designed to replicate the original board tracks popular during the 1920s and 1930s. The first display, which will rotate every nine months, celebrates the famous Oregon Sidewinders Motorcycle Club from Clackamas, OR.

● Simulators: World of Speed is home to three race car simulators: a 1962 Lotus Formula racing simulator, Adrián Fernández’s 1995 Lola Indy car, and Johnny Benson’s 1998 NASCAR Ford Taurus. The simulators will be used for entertainment, educational and fundraising purposes.

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