View a selection of digitized local and regional racing films and videos from the World of Speed Archive including transfers from the early to mid century. See races in action on the amateur and professional stage as well as close-up shots of the cars, motorcycles, engines and more. You may even spot a notable racer or two. If …
Experience the world of motorsports through photos taken over the decades. Whether originally created to commemorate a moment, part of a family photo collection, or a professional photography print, these photos bring you a step closer into these fleeting snapshots in motorsport history. Look out for the Archive’s “Open Archive” …
Take a peek into the races of the past. Programs offer details about races, tracks, drivers, and their vehicles. Races programs go back to the 1910s and into the next century from throughout the Pacific Northwest region, including Aurora, Portland, Jantzen Beach, Seattle, and Kent; out to Pomona and Los Angeles, and farther including …
World of Speed offers books about different race car classes, tracks, makers, personalities, histories, manuals, vintage racing fiction, biographies, and more. Youth books are available too. Books are available onsite to visiting patrons during Archive Room's public hours as well when requested through a Research Package.
Serial magazines such as Hot Rod, Drag News, and Car Craft; regional racing club directories; rule books dating back to the 1950s; comics; brochures showcasing racers and racing equipment; vehicle parts and products catalogs; instruction manual for vehicle instruments; plus a few one-off tear away articles. To peak into the pages of …
One of World of Speed’s more fragile collections, scrapbooks date back to the 1930s filled with newspaper clippings. Herman Petersen’s scrapbook lives on display in the Archive Room while the workbook of Ed Hull, Mickey Thompson’s engineer for Challenger II, can be seen on exhibit in Zero to 1000 mph. Our scrapbook collection …
Expressions in words range from thank-you letters to song lyrics, historical accounts, work notes, memoirs, and letters marking historic motorsports moments. From licenses to certificates, each share transactions and interactions that have happened over the course of motorsport history.
Aesthetic and industrial art come together here with ads, diagrams, prints, signs, concept renderings, and original artwork to show the impact of vehicles and motorsports on the world around us. Look out for how industrial art reflects not only cars and racing but the cultural worlds they lived in.
Posters abound whether publicizing a race, a racer, association, event, track, vehicle or even some of the many car-culture inspired movies over the decades. From local track and race posters to nationally sponsored posters, past publicities bring events back to life.
Bringing the sound and movement of motorsports to all whether through records, 8-tracks, DVDs, CDs, laser disks, magnetic tapes, cassette tapes, 16mm films, 8mm film, and digital records. The collection also includes recordings from the World of Speed Oral Histories Interview Series. The Archive Room’s media corner is available to …
Have a favorite racer you want to learn more about? Racer, team, race, and track profiles are available through the Archive Room. This is where you'll find tickets, pins, flags, banners, postcards, stickers and so much more. A treasure trove of collectibles and memorabilia are available though Research Packages.
From national championships to local races, awards offer snapshots of the motorsport history. Whether trophies, plaques, or busts, these not only highlight individuals but the what and where of racing over time.
Toy and model cars bring legendary vehicles to life in varying levels of replication and scale. From the matchbox car to the 1/12-scale replica, these shed light on the vehicles we drove and cheered throughout the decades, as well as the vehicles that broke land speed records over the past century.
Whether made for driving, the pit, the fans, the garage, or the street, clothing and accessories not only highlight legends of speed but the times they were a part of. From race suits to t-shirts, helmets to caps, goggles to sun glasses, team jackets to anniversary prints, crews and fans are represented with pride. Can you offer details …
Racing has been a love of kids and adults alike. Whether sending mini cars doing a snap-together track, recreating our favorite moments with celebrity-inspired dolls and action figures, testing wits in board games, or feeling the rush with sound-making helmets, motorsports has been part of youth (and adult) culture for decades.
The world of motorsports has directed and reacted to the ever-changing technological world. Racing came into our homes—and our cars—first with radios, and over time record players turned into to color TVs. At the same time, the technology used on the track and on the sidelines has evolved as well.
Vehicle parts showcase not only the vehicles of the time but their designers and users. Tools and products show the changing landscape of the automotive industry as new generations of vehicles emerged, and therefore the tools and products that evolved over time. Tools and products emerged to handle and make possible racing’s next …
Stuff, even motorsports stuff, needs a place to be stored (and sometimes even highlights racing in its design) whether it’s a product display, helmet bag, instructions case, mailing tube, or even a cooler. Take a look at what they hold, and how. Even cases have stories to tell about what and why we save and store the stuff we keep.
Just as vehicles have changed over the decades, so too have many of the objects surrounding drivers and designers (and fans) at the time. Whether a pop-up address book, matchbooks, light-up clock, coffee maker, garage thermometer, or hinged garbage can, the mechanics and design of objects can be seen alongside vehicles over different …
Whether used by crew or fans, part of the architecture, mark cultural trends, or highlight materials and technologies, furniture can shed light on the world they were made in, including the world of motorsports. While at the museum, look out for and even sit in the mid-century furniture pieces located throughout the museum.
The World of Speed Archive holds a wide collection of materials, supporting exhibits throughout the museum, informing education programs, assisting in research, and offering points of access while preserving the rich history of motorsports.
Interested in accessing collection items? Find information about our Research Packages and how to submit a Research Request Form. Requests for Permission to Publish & Use Fees can be found online as well.
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