Nation of Speed recounts our desire to become the fastest on land, sea, air, and space in the pursuit of commerce, power, and prestige.
Featuring iconic vehicles from Mario Andretti’s Indy 500 winning race car to the Sharp DR 90 Nemesis, Nation of Speed paints a portrait of human ingenuity — the technology developed to propel people faster and faster— and explores how the pursuit of speed has shaped American culture and our national identity.
Nation of Speed is presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
An overhead view of the gallery.
The exhibit features iconic objects from the history of speed.
The Museum gratefully acknowledges those who have generously supported this gallery.
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