World of Speed to Launch New Exhibit Featuring the First American-Made Formula One Race Car, The Scarab

01/10/2017 - 04/02/2017

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World of Speed to Launch New Exhibit Featuring the First American-Made Formula One Race Car, The Scarab
Wilsonville’s non-profit motorsports museum to unveil exhibit on Jan. 10

WILSONVILLE, Ore. World of Speed, an educational and interactive motorsports museum, announces its newest exhibit featuring the Scarab, to be unveiled on Tuesday, January 10 and runs through Tuesday, April 2. The Scarab was the first American-made Formula One race car, and the exhibit showcases what is considered, to this day, to be one of the most beautiful race cars ever created. The Scarab was dreamed up by a handsome young playboy heir, Lance Reventlow, who wanted something that money alone couldn’t buy and designed by a team of anti-establishment hot-rodders from California.

“We are thrilled to be the first museum to showcase the Scarab,” said David Schaeffer, World of Speed executive director. “This is an incredible car with an amazing backstory, as told through our interactive exhibit. We look forward to sharing its unique history with our guests.”

After World War II, factories that had formerly churned out warplanes were making automobiles, and many military airstrips were becoming raceway circuits. From the Nürburgring to Indianapolis, racing was back. The new Formula One race series was dominated by European car makers, like Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari and Maserati. The designers of the Scarab dreamed it would compete amongst the European giants that dominated the racing world.

“The Scarab’s story is one of trial and tribulation, of scrappy drivers who challenged rivals — and themselves — on race courses from Riverside, Calif. to Silverstone, England,” said Ron Huegli, World of Speed’s curator. “Our Scarab exhibit is about an incredible year of racing. Visitors will love it!”

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About World of Speed
The World of Speed is an educational museum featuring historic racecars, boats and motorcycles that tell the story of motorsports culture. Through interactive exhibits and hands-­on activities, the World of Speed offers visitors a behind-­the-­scenes view of the racing world. It encompasses many aspects of motorsports, including drag racing, road racing, land speed racing, motorcycle racing, open wheel, NASCAR and hydroplanes. The museum is funded by income from sponsorships, foundations, admissions, corporate and individual memberships, and from events held at the museum. World of Speed is a 501(C)(3) public charity. For more information, please visit


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