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World of Speed Museum

Get your motor running at the World of Speed Museum in Wilsonville, Ore.

3 men at World of Speed Museum by the Daytona exhibit, image
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Photo: Robbie McClaran
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The Daytona display is a 44-feet-wide exhibit with the exact inclines of the original speedway.

You’ll be in a Nascar frame of mind as you peel off Interstate 5 toward Wilsonville, Ore., and the new World of Speed, an 80,000-square-foot temple to U.S. and international motor sports.

With exhibits running the gamut of automotive subcultures, the museum displays stunners such as a pristine 1957 Ford Fairlane and a 1965 Ford/Shelby Cobra 289 CSX 2000 series, along with muscle cars, funny cars, motorcycles, and even some garage-tweaked racing champions.

Visitors can test their skill at three racing simulators, rock out to car-related songs at the Wall of Sound exhibit, and gaze at a replicated section of the Daytona International Speedway, with four racers dramatically perched on the incline. Most of the nearly 100 vehicles still work. For some of those that do, the museum functions as a pit stop before the next thrilling race. AAA members get $1 off admission.

This article was first published in November 2015. Some facts my have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.