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Barber Vintage Festival, Birmingham, Alabama

Written by  December 29, 2017

   On October the 13th, 2017, The Barber Motorsports Park hosted the 13th annual Vintage Festival, filled with Road Racing, Cross Country Trails Motocross, Thrill Shows, Fan Zone and one of the biggest, Best Swap Meets in the country.

This is one of our favorite events, it has so many cool things to see when it comes to these awesome old bikes, and with the museum here that is second to none, (personal opinion, but judging from the folks that show up, I’m not alone in that thinking) there really is no other place for this event to take place!

Mr. George Barber knows exactly what these people want to see, because he shares that same enthusiasm for these grand ole bikes!

We had new exhibits to see that had been added to the museum. Also new this year was the addition of the “tranquil” area behind the museum, it was awesome!

The new addition goes out behind the museum and out over the track, wow! So now there are 2 areas where people can walk over the track, making for some wicked pictures. The walkover has a glass floor right in the middle, so there are now 2 of those as well. There’s a beautiful gazebo right next to the track with this peaceful waterfall that flows down toward it. Quickly jumped to our utmost favorite place to be on the property.

The museum now has more than a quarter-million square feet of space, 1500 + motorcycles, 55 vintage lotus cars, special memorabilia, and over a century’s worth of motorsports history. The restoration area was open where they held special seminars   On October the 13th, 2017, The Barber Motorsports Park hosted the 13th annual Vintage Festival, filled with Road Racing, Cross Country Trails Motocross, Thrill Shows, Fan Zone and one of the biggest, Best Swap Meets in the country.

This is one of our favorite events, it has so many cool things to see when it comes to these awesome old bikes, and with the museum here that is second to none, (personal opinion, but judging from the folks that show up, I’m not alone in that thinking) there really is no other place for this event to take place!

Mr. George Barber knows exactly what these people want to see, because he shares that same enthusiasm for these grand ole bikes!

We had new exhibits to see that had been added to the museum. Also new this year was the addition of the “tranquil” area behind the museum, it was awesome!

The new addition goes out behind the museum and out over the track, wow! So now there are 2 areas where people can walk over the track, making for some wicked pictures. The walkover has a glass floor right in the middle, so there are now 2 of those as well. There’s a beautiful gazebo right next to the track with this peaceful waterfall that flows down toward it. Quickly jumped to our utmost favorite place to be on the property.

The museum now has more than a quarter-million square feet of space, 1500 + motorcycles, 55 vintage lotus cars, special memorabilia, and over a century’s worth of motorsports history. The restoration area was open where they held special seminars throughout the weekend.

One of the new additions to the events this year was the addition of one of the best airbrush artists around, our friend Michael Swann. Michael is very well known around Alabama and beyond as he has freehand pinstriped or hand painted many folk’s bikes, cars, helmets, etc around the state, and beyond, including some of the restored bikes on exhibit at the museum. He has a studio where he does oil paintings, etchings, and woodcuttings, that is; when he’s not traveling to the different Bike events. We were so glad to see him here as a “teacher”, showing HOW he does what he does.

There was plenty of racing competition provided by the AHRMA, on track and off road.

There were motorcycles rides offered at the Barber Proving Grounds, and stunt shows at the Fan Zone; like the Monster Energy KSFMX Freestyle Motorcross Show, The Wall of Death and the Globe of Death.

Not to mention all the different Bike shows, parade laps and vendors selling everything from the smallest and rare to find parts, to motorcycles old and new, along with numerous other interesting “things”.

One thing missing from the weekend’s events was the Century race and the Cannon Ball racers. They were a big part of what people looked forward to seeing, the century old bikes racing!

And of course, the beautiful, classy, Motorcycles By Moonlight, featuring a silent auction, dinner, live auction, and a short program featuring AMA Hall of Fame Member, Wes Cooley, all to benefit the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.