Daytona Wall – Image Courtesy of Gregor Halenda Photography
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 feet-wide exhibit with the exact inclines of the original speedway, and features four vehicles from legendary NASCAR drivers, including: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2000 Chevy 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, amongst 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 the 400 mph and FIM motorcycle 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 Thompson’s two-cylinder dragster with the original engine.
WALL OF SOUND
The Wall of Sound exhibit explores the fascination we have for both cars and music, from the first rock ‘n’ roll song, Jackie Brenston and Ike Turner’s Rocket 88 of 1951, through ZZ Top’s 1980s hits. Auto-related record 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.
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 current display celebrates the famous Clackamas Sidewinders Club. The motorcycle display will rotate every nine months.
World of Speed is home to three race car simulators: a 1962 Lotus Formula Racing Simulator, Adrian Fernandez’s 1995 Lola Indy Car and Johnny Benson’s 1998 NASCAR Ford Taurus. The simulators will be used for entertainment, educational and fundraising purposes.
The educational components are used in many different ways, including day camp programming and providing drivers with professional instruction. The driving tracks include either a road course or oval, different driving and environment conditions, and the opportunity to test world-famous racing tracks and circuits. The cars are set up to handle and perform similar to real-world driving. Tickets are available separately for simulators at $10 for a twelve minute session.
WORLD OF SPEED IS OPEN SATURDAYS 9AM – 5PM // ALL OTHER DAYS 10AM – 5PM