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Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

6030 Barber Motorsports Parkway
205-699-7275

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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.



Reviews

Nathan Oppie

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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.

Emily A. Smyder

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Wonderful and intriguing! Even if you know nothing about the history the mechanics nor the lingo... The staff is fully attentive to your interest level and provide amazing motoring tidbits and insights. The sights are like seeking hidden easter eggs meandering from past to present and back again while navigating the 5 floors accessible via oversized elevator fit for a couple of vehicles, or saunter round the gently sloping arcs stopping to admire each & every eye-bedazzling motor transportation creation!

Richard Tasker

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Friday, May 11, 2018
Freaking amazing! If you like motorcycles you have to visit this museum. There are hundreds of motorcycles from the late 1800s to modern times from pretty much every manufacturer - foreign and domestic. The only issue with it is there is no on-site place to get anything to eat. A major shortcoming since it takes at least a day to go through the museum.

Greg Wodzicki

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
If you like motorcycles and you are in Birmingham, go here. It's overwhelming. So many motorcycles of every type and age with info about each of them. Plus, if you go when there's a track event going on, you can go out on the bridge and see nearly the whole track, and watch cars fly by underneath from the glass floor. Definitely a top destination in Birmingham for a gearhead.

K Man

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Great facility but can't see everything unless you have a special event or weekend pass. Suck as we drove all the way across the country and couldnt see everything. And even though it may be called the largest motorcycle museum it's not as full of bikes as you would imagine. Over all well worth the visit but not as shocking as you would expect.

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