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Moto Guzzi Featured at 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival

by Richard Backus


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Barber Vintage Festival 2011 

Moto Guzzi will be the featured marque at the Motorcycle Classics Vintage Motorcycle Show at the 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at the Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Ala. 

Join Motorcycle Classics and Moto Guzzi for a special celebration of Moto Guzzi’s 90th Anniversary at the 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival. In addition to our regular bike show, there will be a special Guzzi class, with all winners chosen by a panel of celebrity judges including Barber’s own Brian Slark! Even if you don’t want to compete for a trophy, if you ride a Moto Guzzi you’re invited to park it at our tent – space permitting – mingle with the Guzzi faithful and check out the latest from Moto Guzzi, including, we hope, the new V7 Racer.

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer U.S. Version 
The U.S.-spec Moto Guzzi V7 Racer 

The Motorcycle Classics Vintage Motorcycle Show at the 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival will be held in the Expo Area on the south side of the Barber track. The show begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 8, and the award ceremony starts at 3:00 p.m. Motorcycle Classics Vintage Motorcycle Show trophies will be awarded in the following categories:

Best Moto Guzzi (Featured Marque)
Best American – Best Restored & Best Rider
Best British – Best Restored & Best Rider
Best European – Best Restored & Best Rider
Best Japanese – Best Restored & Best Rider
Best Custom
Editors’ Choice
People’s Choice

We encourage participants to arrive early for set up. Registration opens at 8 a.m., Saturday, October 8, and the show begins at 10 a.m. Judging starts at 2:30 p.m., followed by our award ceremony beginning at 3:00 p.m. An entry fee of $25 is required at registration and includes a 1-year subscription to Motorcycle Classics and a Motorcycle Classics T-shirt. Additional bikes are only $5. Questions? Feel free to email us at editor@motorcycleclassics.com and put “Barber Festival” in the subject line.

And don’t forget all the other cool stuff going on during the Barber Vintage Festival, including the incredible Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, the annual Race of the Century for bikes 100 years and older, the Rhett Rotten Wall of Death motorcycle stunt show, the Glenn Bator/Auction America Barber Motorcycle Auction, Barber NCR Ducstock National Ducati Party organized by Ducati.net, and of course fantastic vintage motorcycle racing with the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association all day Saturday and Sunday. Did we mention that 1993 500cc Grand Prix Champion Kevin Schwantz will be racing, riding the Ken McIntosh Norton Manx?!

Plus, 2011 Daytona 200 winner Jason DiSalvo will be at Friday night’s Motorcycles by Moonlight Barber Museum fundraising dinner, along with former Cycle editor and AMA Superbike star Cook Neilson, former Ducati superstar Paul Smart and motorsports commentator Alain de Cadenet. It’s a weekend not to be missed, so don’t! See you there! – Richard Backus 

Moto Guzzi 90th Anniversary 

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