World of Speed exhibit at National Automobile Museum

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  • The National Automobile proudly brings you the World of Speed exhibit featuring notable motorsport vehicles from across the globe.

    Like any art form, car design reflects changes in entertainment, technology and social attitudes. As motorcars emerged, people became fascinated with speed, endurance and pushing the limits.  The National Automobile Museum’s new exhibit showcases an extraordinary collection of cars that competed in everything from IndyCar races to the treacherous roads of Mexico. Guests experiencing the exhibit will have an opportunity to enjoy race stories about crossing rushing rivers, discover the trials and tribulations of the teams, and learn how innovations from the sport of racing influenced the cars we drive today. Museumgoers can also view fascinating photos of European racing from 1903 to 1925 produced from the glass plate negatives of Henri Louis Meurisse.

    “Our goal is to educate, captivate and provide unique experiences for our visitors,” said Jackie Frady, museum president and executive director.

    Some of the cars available on display include the 1977 Porsche 935 “Spirit of Nevada” Coupe driven by Bruce Jenner, gold medal winner in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics.  The Battery Box, a home-built, semi-streamlined car built to attack the world speed record for electric-powered vehicles reaching 174.918 mph.  The 1977 Steamin’ Demon Steam Powered World Record Car, which set a steam-powered land speed record of 145.607 mph.

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