WILSONVILLE, ORE -- When you think of auto racing, Oregon probably isn't top of mind.
But, in 1905 the first trans-continental auto race took place from New York to Portland. Since then the sport has continued to have a long history in the Rose City and it will now have a new future.
The World of Speed Museum, broke ground Tuesday in Wilsonville.
It's a showcase for what was, and what will be with everything to celebrate horsepower.
The idea for the museum started years ago.
Sally Bany, co-owner of Moonstruck Chocolates and her husband David want to open the museum to interest a new generation of students in the auto industry.
The Bany's have been collecting all types of motorsport vehicles along with classic vintage cars for several years.
There's so many awesome, historical vehicles in the northwest, we thought let's open a little museum and it turned into this giant thing, said Sally Bany.
Hundreds of race cars enthusiast were on hand for the groundbreaking. The 80,000 square foot museum will be located at the former Dodge dealership in Wilsonville, off I-5.
We find cars that have history, find cars that are authentic and real and we preserve them. That's the whole purpose of the museum, preserve and educate, said Ron Huegli, curator of the museum.
When the museum opens later this year, 100 vehicles will be on display.