The Garage that houses our student "T" Speedster program. Photo taken by Melissa Becker 2011
Speedster Class of 2013 with mentors
The Model T
Speedster men-tor team has been working hard with this year’s stu-dents
on the 4th Speedster. The body is on the frame and the students are
learning valuable skills in sheet metal work, engine re-building and
wood-working in addition to general shop and life skills lessons.
Thanks to all our volunteer mentors and those who donate supplies to make this program possible!
One of last year's Speedster students, Nick Hill, has received a scholarship grant from Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon. He is enrolled in an auto mechanics program and is carrying 14 instructional hours along with 6 study hours. Looks like another success story beginning to unfold!
The Museum would like to thank the following for their recent donations of Model T Ford parts to the speedster program. Julie Cox and Dick Green, Doug Delano, and Gordon Anderson. These donations will help build most of another speedster.
Will the lady who expressed interest in purchasing speedster number three please contact Don Petersen at 503-246-6939. Any sale proceeds from the speedster program are recycled back into building additional speedsters.This will be the fourth year for this great program and the third year in our “Garage” which was built by volunteers for this program. Anyone interested in donating parts or money for the program please contact Don Blain at 503-871-8696.
1951 Chevrolet Donated for 2013 Speedster Program
By Doug Nelson
Will and Wendy Warner donated their 1951 Chevy pickup to the Museum to
be used for the benefit of the speedster program. They purchased this truck in 1961 for $695.00 with 39,150 miles on the odometer and have used itcarefully for over 50 years on their farm in the Colton, Oregon area. It is in very good shape considering its age, with only a few minor dings and scrapes. Most of the original paint is present. A Gem Top canopy is included that was fabricated by the founder of
U-Haul trailers in Portland, so there is some historical significance as well.Next year’s speedster class will be able to get some experience working on this “modern” vehicle. The truck needs a number of tune-up items due to its age and length of service, and items such as brake parts, a clutch plate, manifold gaskets and the like are needed. For anyone desiring to see the truck, it will be in the museum garage this summer. If you are interested in mentoring the kids on this type of vehicle, call Don Blain at 503-585-8078.
Speedster Students Get 1927 Model T...Minus A Few Parts!
Can You Help?
is the start of a 1927 Model T Ford roadster pickup project. The
speedster students are currently working on it, building it from the
ground up. Many bits and pieces have been donated by members.
The museum will own the pickup long term, using it as a promotional
Midget Racer to Benefit Speedster Program By Doug Nelson
Ted Dodge of Salem donated this small bit of history to the Museum for the benefit of the Speedster Program. It will be auctioned during our Fall fundraising event. Ted is a fan of the late Art Pollard, a famous Indy race car driver from Oregon who befriended Ted as a youth. One similar to this was auctioned in 2008 for $3000 at a memorial to Art Pollard.
The racer was towed around a circle track by a metal arm and the child would steer the car and the flexible front wheels allowed movement to the car giving the tiny driver a real thrill. It will be on display at the Museum this coming show season.Thank you, Ted, for this donation!