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New Spring Exhibit Opens at World of Speed Motorsports Museum

Casey Knopik | 03/28/2019 | Family, Mt. Hood Territory, Willamette Valley Activities , Willamette Valley Regions

On March 23, World of Speed Motorsports Museum unveiled their newest exhibit, Mario Andretti: Racing Royalty. This display honors the most successful American race car driver of all time. 

“Mario Andretti isn’t just a race legend, he is a household name,” said World of Speed Curator Ron Huegli. “How many times have you heard someone say ‘Who do you think you are, Mario Andretti?’ He is a part of America’s lexicon and an ambassador for the world of racing. His list of accomplishments is unrivaled, and he successfully competed in 11 different types of racing.”

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Andretti’s Pike’s Peak and Indianapolis 500 race wins. The feature exhibit touches on both of these landmark accomplishments, as well as his success across five decades. On display are 11 vehicles from some of his important wins, as well as other cars from his historic career.

And guests have been loving the new exhibit. 

“The feedback from our guests has been overwhelmingly positive so far; we could not be more pleased with the way this exhibit came together,” commented Dave Pearson, Executive Director. “We set out with an important task, to honor an American legend and tell his amazing story – and I think we accomplished just that.”

Andretti conquered every style of racing he tried, going head-to-head with the world’s best drivers and coming out a winner.

List of Cars in the Mario Andretti: Racing Royalty exhibit 

  • 1949 Hudson Modified – Andretti’s first Race Car
  • 1950 Hillegass TQ Midget
  • 1955 Hillegass Sprint Car
  • 1964 Kuzma Indy Roadster
  • 1967 Ford Fairlane Stock Car - Recreation Tribute of the Daytona 500 Winner
  • 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV J4 Sebring Winner
  • 1969 Grant King - Pikes Peak Winning Car
  • 1972 Viceroy Champ Dirt Car
  • 1979 IROC Camaro
  • 1981 Wildcat Indy Car - Controversial Winner
  • 1994 Lola Indy Car - IMax Movie Car

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