The Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, Nebraska, is a non-profit corporation founded in 1992 by “Speedy” Bill and Joyce Smith. The original museum was in a smaller building on Van Dorn street in Lincoln. The museum moved to its current location on the Speedway Motor’s campus in 2001. This 150,000 sq. ft. museum was formed to present a continuous chronology of automotive Racing Engine and Speed Equipment development and to preserve, interpret, and display items significant in racing and automotive history. The collection results from the Smiths’ personal involvement in racing and hot rodding, and their lifelong passion for collecting and preserving racing and automotive history.
Bill and Joyce had firsthand knowledge of racing and performance history as they actively raced and sold speed and power equipment for over 60 years. Bill’s six decades of experience began in the 1940’s when he raced roaring roadsters on half-mile county fair tracks. In the 50’s and 60’s he raced dragsters, stock cars, NASCAR, modifieds and sprint cars.