Their vehicle collection comprises race and performance cars from NASCAR, land speed racing, drag racing, open wheel, sports cars and motorcycles. There are classic American muscle cars and Pacific Northwest racecars.
World of Speed plan sto bring to the forefront nitty-gritties of world of racing. Ford Motor Company has donated a Mustang which once reconfigured will be on display to showcase how a car is constructed, materials used, and recycling of materials. An Indy car simulator will be in use. A race car used by Danica Patrick will be seen too.
Vehicles include Mickey Thompson’s famous record-breaking Assault, Herm Petersen’s Northwest Terror, and the Gaines Markley/Rob Bruins National Hot Rod Association Top Fuel Championship Car from 1979. World of Speed will undertake car restoration if need be. The entity hopes to educate youngsters about auto industry opportunities.
World of Speed plans to occupy the former location of Town and Country Jeep Dodge in Wilsonville, which will be organized to accommodate more than 100 vehicles, a workshop area, and space to accommodate educational activities. Melvin Mark Brokerage Company represented World of Speed in its purchase of the building. World of Speed is expected to open in the fall of 2014.
“We’ve been looking for a home for nearly a year,” said Tony Thacker, executive director, World of Speed. “Our vision is to showcase our amazing car collection in a destination tourist attraction that supports the visitor industry, and inspires young people to explore career opportunities in the auto industry in a fun and exciting environment.”
“This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to showcase this sport,” said Thacker. “Vocational educational has all but disappeared from our schools at a time when the auto industry needs designers, engineers and mechanics more than ever. Oregon is the perfect location to attract and inspire young people to explore the array of promising careers in a very dynamic and popular industry. We are proud to offer this opportunity and to greet our new visitors.”
Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp, an avid show-car fan who also restores older vehicles, said, “World of Speed has the potential to be an exciting new asset not just to Wilsonville, but also for the entire Portland region and state. This attraction can be a real draw for visitors from across the country and even internationally that complements the City’s tourism strategy now under development. The Wilsonville community looks forward to hosting World of Speed.”