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Museum for cars caters to the need for speed

Harriet Baskas, Special to CNBC
Race cars on display at the World of Speed Museum.
Source: World of Speed Museum

There's a new museum for horsepower hounds, speed fiends and fans of Nascar. In fact, this place caters to just about anything with a motor that goes fast and the people who love them.

Located 15 miles south of Portland, Oregon, in Wilsonville, the World of Speed Museum is home to nearly 100 historic cars and motorcycles, along with race-themed simulators and a land speed record timeline.

A shrine to speed, the 80,000-square-foot museum is the first to document the history of motor sports in the Pacific Northwest. Still, it also plays plenty of attention to the story of motorsports with roots in other parts of the country.

"You can see Nascar cars at the Nascar Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can see Indy cars in Indianapolis, and you can see drag cars at Pomona (California)," museum curator Ron Huegli told CNBC. "But here we've got it all under one roof, including two notable hydroplanes on loan from the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum near Seattle."

The museum's Daytona display is a 15-foot-tall, 44-foot-wide structure built with the exact incline of the original 2.5-mile long tri-oval speedway in Florida. The four restored vehicles mounted in the exhibit are from legendary Nascar drivers, and include 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.

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