Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum - Trip I
GPS Coordinates: N33.53305 W86.61368
(Trip II Photos Are Here and Trip III Photos Are Here)

On June 2, 2007 my riding buddy AGirl and I rode to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, AL.  The museum is located on the property of Barber Motorsports Park and it is absolutely a magnificent place for anyone interested in motorcycles or racing.  Luckily for me I have a passion for both so I was definitely in my element!

The museum is absolutely magnificent.  I don't know exactly how many motorcycles they have on display, but their Web Site states that at any given time there are at least 500 on display.  They date from the early 1920's (at least that's the earliest one I recall seeing) through the 2000's.  There are also a lot of racing cars (primarily Lotus's) dating back to the 60's and 70's on display.  It may date me but I do remember seeing a lot of them on the track back in those days.

We talked with a staff member who told us that every one of the bikes in the museum are capable of being ridden within 2 hours.  Every machine there is in running order, completely rebuilt or refurbished, and virtually ready to go.  He said that they put cosmoline in the fuel system and mineral oil in the hydraulics.  To get one ready to run they bleed the hydraulics and add hydraulic fluid.  They clean out the fuel system and add gas.  Put a battery in (where necessary since many of them were built before batteries!) and they are ready to rip.

One thing that amazed me was that there was not a speck of dust ANYWHERE!  Every single one of the displays is immaculately clean and dust free.  This is quite amazing since many of the displays cannot be reached without the use of a scissors lift because they are stacked 5 stories high!

If you are a motorcycle fan, and are anywhere in the vicinity of Birmingham, I STRONGLY recommend a stop at this place.  It is absolutely amazing.

Below are approximately 150 photographs of the facility.  I've broken them up into broad categories to make it easier to view.  Most of the cars and motorcycles have information cards located near them to provide information about the display and I have included photographs of those in most cases.  Some of them were somewhat difficult to photograph due to their proximity to the display (Please Do Not Touch Or Sit On The Displays!) or because of the overhead lights glaring on the plastic enclosures.  I apologize for some of them, but I think they are all readible.  The photos of the information card for a particular display immediately preceeds the photo of the display itself.  All images below are links to larger photographs.  You can click any of the photos to view a larger one.

Outside The Facility and Museum

Barber Motorsports Park Entrance

Second Entrance Signs

Second Entrance Signs and Museum

The Museum Building

The Chase

The Chase

The Chase

The Chase (and a third!)

Inside The Museum - General Shots

Inside Main Entrance - Left

Inside Main Entrance - Center

Inside Main Entrance - Right

Guide Sign

More General Shots

More General Shots

More General Shots

More General Shots

In The Gift Shop

A Wooden Harley

Another Sculpture
 

Motorcycles

1949 Motto-Guzzi Airone-Turismo

1949 Motto-Guzzi Airone-Turismo

Dan Gurney Alligator

1970 World Speed Record Bike

1990 Norton Formula-1 Bike

1990 Norton Formula-1 Bike

1965 Triumph Bonneville

1965 Triumph Bonneville

1962 B.S.A. Spitfire Scrambler

1962 B.S.A. Spitfire Scrambler

1968 B.S.A. Gold Star

1968 B.S.A. Gold Star

1959 Cushman Super Eagle

1959 Cushman Super Eagle

1958 Cushman Eagle

1958 Cushman Eagle

1926 A.B.C.

1926 A.B.C.

1997 Ducati 916 "Senna"

1997 Ducati 916 "Senna"

2004 Triumph Daytona 600

2004 Triumph Daytona 600

1996 Britten V-1000

1996 Britten V-1000

1925 Bohmerland

1925 Bohmerland

1925 Bohmerland

1925 Bohmerland

1925 Bohmerland

1925 Bohmerland

Board Track Racing

Board Track Racing

Daytona

Freddie Spencer's 1992 Honda RC-30

Freddie Spencer's 1992 Honda RC-30

David "Ski" Sidarski's Leathers

1923 Henderson De-Luxe with Sidecar

John Myers' Drag Bike

1922 Triumph

1922 Triumph

1979 Ducati 950 F-1 Bike

1979 Ducati 950 F-1 Bike

1979 Ducati 950 F-1 Bike

1955 Vincent Black Knight

1955 Vincent Black Knight

1955 Vincent Black Knight

1922 Douglas W-22

1922 Douglas W-22

1926 Royal Enfield

1926 Royal Enfield

2006 M.V. Agusta F4-1000 Tamburini

2006 M.V. Agusta F4-1000 Tamburini

1974 Hercules W 2000

1974 Hercules W 2000

1974 Norton Commander 850

1974 Norton Commander 850

1942 Harley Davidson WLA

1942 Harley Davidson WLA

1947 Saginaw Powerbike

1947 Saginaw Powerbike

1952 Ariel KH 500 Twin

1952 Ariel KH 500 Twin

1957 Douglas Dragonfly

1957 Douglas Dragonfly

1950 Indian Warrior

1950 Indian Warrior

1951 Indian Warrior T.T.

1951 Indian Warrior T.T.

1950 Indian Warrior On Skis

1950 Indian Warrior On Skis

1950 Indian Warrior On Skis

1958 Ariel Square Four 4G Mk II

1958 Ariel Square Four 4G Mk II

1958 Ariel Square Four 4G Mk II

1965 Valmobile

1965 Valmobile

1965 Valmobile

2005 Jordan Suzuki GSX-R-1000

2005 Jordan Suzuki GSX-R-1000

2005 Jordan Suzuki GSX-R-1000

2004 Yamaha YZF-R6

2004 Yamaha YZF-R6

1957 Aermacchi Chimera 175

1957 Aermacchi Chimera 175

1965 Honda C102 Cub (Honda 50)

1965 Honda C102 Cub (Honda 50)

1960's Vintage Honda 90

1960's Vintage Honda Super 90

1960's Vintage Honda CB-160

1960's Vintage Honda 250 Scrambler

Early Honda 350

Early Honda 500

Early Honda 750

Unidentified Motorcycle

Unidentified Motorcycle

Unidentified Ducati

Ducati Engine

Unidentified Motorcycle

Unidentified Motorcycle

Unidentified Motorcycle

Unidentified Motorcycle

Unidentified Motorcycle

Excelsior Henderson De Luxe

Excelsior Henderson De Luxe

Motorcycle Model

Motorcycle Model
   

RACE CARS

Lotus Logo

1985 Lotus 97-T

1963 Lotus 29/2 Indy Car

1963 Lotus 29/2 Indy Car

1963 Lotus 29/2 Indy Car

1963 Lotus 29/2 Indy Car

1989 Lotus 101

1989 Lotus 101

1963 Lotus 31 F-3

1963 Lotus 31 F-3

1963 Lotus 31 F-3

Unknown

1978 Surtees F-1

1978 Surtees F-1

1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT

1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT

1964 Ferrari 158 F-1

1964 Ferrari 158 F-1

1964 Ferrari 158 F-1

1964 Ferrari 158 F-1

LOWER RENOVATION AREA
Area Closed to the Public - Most vehicles are unidentified

FUN STUFF OUTSIDE THE MUSEUM
We were told that Mr. Barber has a sense of humor.  Looking at these large sculptures outside the museum it's easy to see that he does!

TRACK DAY!
There were a bunch of people out on the track.  I don't know if it was a class or a track day or what, but they looked like they were having a blast!

  Photos From My Second Trip To Barber On September 29, 2007 Are Here!
  Photos From My Third Trip To Barber On September 27, 2008 Are Here!



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