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Leeds - 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.


Brian Needels

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
Best deal on the planet if you like Motorcycles. 1st class all the way. You could easily spend half a day here. Just go if in the area. It won't disappoint! I'd give 10 stars if they let me!

Charles Bernhard

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018
My cousin & his wife were here and he wanted to go. I had been there in the past. We had a great time looking at all the motorcycles, cars & yes, one lawn mower! Lots of new items! Very clean, family friendly place. Nice gift shop too. Bought t- shirts for the grand kids.

Ashley Mason

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
This is the most amazing museum! They’ve expanded and grown and the entire space is so impressive. Truly a sight to see for anyone in the area! The pedestrian bridges are an incredible experience as well! Highly recommend a visit!

Marilyn Harris

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
My husband and I loved this museum. We spent about 4 hrs. here. Everyone was so nice and Joseph was so knowledgeable about the museum it was a great experience. We want to bring our family back the bikes were beautiful and everything was so clean its a must see. Young and old will love it.

Paul Prestridge

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
Great place to visit. Awesome staff. Awesome displays. Very well laid out. I walked around for 2 hours and really enjoyed myself. Highly recommend.

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