Racing fans and car aficionados can satisfy their appetites for adrenaline at the new World of Speed. Through interactive exhibits and displays featuring 100 historic race cars and motorcycles, the museum, which opened in April 2015, tells a vivid tale of America’s love affair with life in the fast lane.
Just 20 minutes by car from downtown Portland, the museum honors many forms of motor sports, including drag, road, land speed, motorcycle, NASCAR and open wheel racing. The Northwest has a long history of racing, and visitors to the World of Speed will learn about nearby tracks like Jantzen Beach and Portland International Raceway and local racers like the legendary Indianapolis race car builder Rolla Vollstedt.
Stand next to a replica Daytona 500 banking turn outfitted with four legendary race cars, including Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2000 Chevy Impala, and trace the history of land speed records with the room-length “Zero to 1000 MPH” timeline. Test your own driving skills behind the wheel of retired NASCAR, Formula One and Indy cars converted into racing simulators, or pose for photos in a car that was raced by Danica Patrick. You can even look under the hood of a Ford Mustang to see how cars are constructed.
Ready to kick it into high gear? The museum also boasts two state-of-the-art classrooms and a full-service shop, designed to encourage the next generation to join the auto industry, while a small racetrack caters to local rallies and car clubs.