Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

14th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, Presented by Triumph

Written by  November 1, 2018

  Thousands of fans came rolling into Alabama from all over the country for the 14th Annual Vintage Festival at the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, October the 5th-7th, 2018.

 

  This is one of the favorite events for anyone who loves motorcycles, old or new, but this weekend is concentrated on the "old guys". And no body celebrates the history of motorcycles, rider's and motorsports history better than Barber's.

  The best way for fans to experience the Vintage Festival is to board one of the Trams that circle the parks perimeter, just pick up a fan guide to tell you where all the stops are, what and where everything is going on for the weekend and race schedules.

  In addition to the over 1,600 bikes in the Barber Museum, there were countless makes and models scattered throughout the over 800-acre park. AHRMA had motorcycle racing on the road course and off road that were held adjacent to the wooded areas. Demo rides with BMW, KTM and Rider's Harley-Davidson were offered at the Barber Proving Grounds. There were gatherings and shows by AMCA, Motorcycle Classics and VJMC. The Fan Zone was chocked full of vendors, food, stunt shows and the "Wall of Death" and the awesome, spell-binding "Urias Family Globe of Death"

  The Urias Globe of Death was AWSEOME!! These guys and gal, are nuts, and we loved it, all you kept hearing coming from all around us was "AWE", "Damn", "Wow"! They were upside down in this globe, flying past one another, at one time, there were 3 of them in there and a chick standing in the middle, again, damn! We were impressed with these guys from Urias Family Entertainment, Erwin, Melvin, Jodie and Geovi Urias along with the sister from another-mother-country, Olga "Loca" Surnina, and yep, the name says it all, she's just as crazy, talented as the brothers, and you probably won’t meet a nicer bunch of folks!

  Royal Enfield had their own little party going on in the Fan Zone with their Royal Block Party, that including live music.

  Activities kicked off Friday night with the "Motorcycles by Moonlight" silent and live auctions, featuring Grand Marshal, Colin Seeley.

  There were seminars held each day at the museum with Wayne Carini, Guy Reynolds, John Healy and Don Hutchinson, Kennie Buchanan and Leo Goff.

  Ace Corner as usual brought the party, with their Bikes & Beers, Burgers & Bands, custom bike show, vintage motos and friends everywhere! Ace Corner is situated in the most unique hilltop setting, nestled in the perfect location for watching all the race action on the track while partying you ass off! 

  During the lunch breaks, there were parade laps and autograph sessions and on Saturday, from 9am -5pm they had what was called, "the Hagerty Ride-Through-Vow Renewals" at the little church, some how, we missed that!

  There were a couple of the Cannon Ball Riders there, but the ride didn't come through there this year. One of the most anticipated races on the track each Vintage Festival is always the Century Parades and of course, the Side-Cars. We love watching the Sidecar action; these guys too, have to be just a little nuts, but its so much fun to watch.

  Another big draw at the Festival is the massive swap meet that takes place and grows every year with hundreds of vendors with everything imaginable to buy, sell or swap, which turns out to be its own party central! 

  This weekend couldn't have had better weather, and it always seems like there is a record crowd there and just bubbling with excitement all weekend long. I'd say it was another pretty successful and fun Vintage Festival.