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World of Speed museum closes due to pandemic, Oregon’s reopening plan

Perhaps the museum’s greatest accomplishment was the opportunity it provided high school students to learn the skills needed to work in the automotive industry, states the museum

Wilsonville, Ore.— The World of Speed Motorsport Museum closed permanently last month. The museum has been temporarily closed to the public since March 16, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a museum statement. Under the Oregon Health Authority’s current guidelines, the museum would fall into Phase Two or Phase Three of the state’s reopening plan, potentially pushing reopening into 2021.

The World of Speed’s assets and funds will be distributed to 501(c)(3) museums and schools throughout the next three to eight months.

“Many of our guests, volunteers, students and docents fall into the category of most vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus, which means efforts to keep everyone safe could push reopening further, even after OHA restrictions are lifted. After much deliberation, our board determined it would be unable to maintain the facility during such an extended closure.”

According to the statement, the World of Speed’s assets and funds will be distributed to 501(c)(3) museums and schools throughout the next three to eight months, as required by Oregon law.

Opened by Dave and Sally Bany in 2015, World of Speed featured world-class exhibits that told the story of America’s motorsports culture.

“This will allow the museum’s collection of historic race cars, boats and motorcycles to live on for future generations to enjoy. World of Speed Motorsport Museum had an incredible five-year run in Wilsonville. It served as a place for enthusiasts from all ages and all walks of life to come together and share their mutual love of all things motorsport.”

Opened by Dave and Sally Bany in 2015, World of Speed featured world-class exhibits that told the story of America’s motorsports culture, the statement continued. Over the years, the museum hosted several motorsport legends, including Mario Andretti, Janet Guthrie and Herm Petersen.

“Perhaps the museum’s greatest accomplishment was the opportunity it provided high school students to learn the skills needed to work in the automotive industry. What a thrill it was to see these students grow and move onto fulfilling careers after graduation.”

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