Faster: The Quest for Speed

The unifying theme for this exhibition is the human drive for competition throughout history, at all stages of life and how that competition speeds progress in transportation, technology and society as a whole.

The Owls Head Transportation Museum’s newest exhibition: “Faster: The Quest for Speed” opened in June 2014. This exciting new exhibition includes antique and contemporary race cars, racing motorcycles and bicycles. Faster is hosted in the Museum’s State of Maine Wing and will be resident through 2016.

The exhibition strives to tell the story of mankind’s quest for speed and the enduring passion for agility, performance and speed sought through vehicles of both the two-and-four-wheeled kind sourced from world-class collections throughout the East Coast. “Faster: The Quest for Speed” features dozens of vehicles and highlights include an ex-Michael Schumacher Ferrari F2002 Formula 1 car, a 1907 Renault Vanderbilt Racer, a 1906 Stanley Vanderbilt Racer, Scramble racing legend Charlie Vincent’s International Six Day Trials gold medal winning 1964 Triumph motorcycle, a 1930 Bentley Speed Six, a 1929 JAP motorcycle a Fabulous Hudson Hornet and more.

“Faster: The Quest for Speed” explores racing — from the competition Go-Karts, Soapbox Derby cars and mini-bikes that spurred the passion for racing in many young drivers, to upper-echelon internationally revered race cars like the Ferrari F2002. The exhibition includes racing ephemera, uniforms, trophies and historic graphics from the museum’s own Lang Library and materials sourced from private collections.


Exhibition Features:

Ferrari F2002 F1 car (ex Michael Schumacher), 1906 Stanley Vanderbilt Special, 1951 Fabulous Hudson Hornet, 1907 Renault Vanderbilt Racer, 1908 Stanley Model K “Semi-Racer,” 1965 Ford Falcon Factory dragster, “The Wild Child,” 1929 JAP motorcycle and much more!