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Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

6030 Barber Motorsports Parkway

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George Barber raced, modified, and maintained Porsches in the 1960's (63 first-place wins). He started collecting and restoring classic sports cars in 1989, but his interest soon turned to motorcycles. Mr. Barber recognized that there was not a museum which reflected the history of motorcycles around the world. He wanted to preserve motorcycle history in the United States in a way that represents an international aspect and to supply an example of motorcycles that until then could only have been seen in books and magazines.

This was the theme used in the development of the Barber collection. An interesting aspect of the collection is that restorations are done in-house. Out of the same shop a vintage motorcycle race team operated with the challenge of maintaining and racing historically significant machinery.

These bikes were routinely campaigned around the United States so that they could be enjoyed and appreciated in their original setting, rather than collecting dust in a garage. The Barber Vintage Motorcycle Team has won seven national championships.

In 1994, the BarberVintageMotorsportsMuseum became a 501c(3) non-profit foundation and on March 14, 1995, the museum was officially opened to the public in its original location on Birmingham's Southside. It was open from there until November 1, 2002.

The Museum reopened at its new location at The Barber Motorsports Park on September 19, 2003.

The collection now has over 900 vintage and modern motorcycles and as well as a substantial collection of Lotus and other racecars. It is considered the largest in North American and possibly the world. There are approximately five hundred motorcycles on display at any given time. (There are over 900 in the collection.) These bikes range from 1904 to current-year production.

There are bikes from 16 countries that represent 143 different marques. The common street bike is represented, as well as rare one-off Gran Prix race machinery. Bikes have been purchased from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden, but also as close as down the street.


Michael Conchscooter

Thursday, July 12, 2018
A remarkable tribute to motorcycling since its inception. You can enjoy the machines up close, be reminded of your lost youth and see mechanical marvels you’ve only ever read about. Pay the modest entry fee ($15 the last time I was there) and you can wander all day unmolested by anyone in a serene and peaceful environment dedicated to so many lovely bikes. There are cars too but naturally four wheels good, two wheels better. I never miss a visit when I’m in Birmingham and my family knows to set me aside a day for my pilgrimage. Yours should too.

Jeff Hackman

Saturday, July 7, 2018
We go as often as time and distance allow. A fantastic setting. What is displayed is so much more than a collection. Motorcycles are described with historical and technical relevance pretty much from day 1, with what they meant to the designers, countries and companies that produced them. Bikes for any imaginable purpose, from military to movies. Plenty of racing, of course. As the recent addition fills up, one can hope that more cars are displayed there - like the ones you can see from above on the 1st floor, but aren't accessible to visitors except during major events. Critique - in its current location, the museum has run out of room for its amazing, extensive and growing Lotus car collection, leaving significant cars visible in three separate locations, including the aforementioned first floor. Hope this will be addressed, and hope to get the chance to see some moving, and hear some running in the future! Go when something is happening on the track if you can, views are exceptional.

Nathan Oppie

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Worth every penny of admission! I was lucky enough to come here when the Porsche car club was having a track day. Was able to walk out to the track and see the cars from two bridges that go over the track. They have clear glass in parts of them so you literally see them going below your feet. I was thoroughly impressed with the cleanliness of the track and how well the landscaping was done. The museum was incredible. I walked it pretty fast in 2-2.5 hours. Walking through the museum while the cars scream by on the track was great, music to my ears. If you're in the area and enjoy motor sports, this has to be on your list.

Kenneth Bradford

Sunday, June 24, 2018
Oh man what a place to visit ...... Where to start the outside of course the track Porsche racing track I'm speaking of something of a man's dream if he loves cars fast one's of course you can pay to drive on the very large racetrack. And plenty of scenery around the track as well . Water falls bridges loops curves high and low run you can see some of the track from inside the museum upper floor. The place is stacked five stories high with motorcycles they are everywhere you turn and every make and models. Starting at the elevator they advise you start at the top floor and walk your way down ride the elevator to the top and which the elevator has a formula one race car on top of it get off and begin to drule. The amazement of the place will carry you through the entire museum without caring about time seriously I will leave you to experience the rest for your self but please do make this a stop on your way ..

RN Deb

Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
Wow!!! Amazing place! Racetrack and museum! Friendly and helpful staff. Easy access, great parking, amazing landscaping - but they could focus more on pest control, red ants, particularly where visitors frequent. I got bit by a pile of red ants when I stood on the walking path. I had to wait outside with my epi-pen to monitor for a reaction. Painful but I was okay, yet this experience was unnecessary if they would have focused on pest control more. Clean and beautiful grounds other than that.

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