Barber Vintage Festival Draws Record Crowd


| 10/16/2012 4:17:32 PM


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Barber 2012 Swap Meet 
Vincents gather at the swap meet during the 8th Annual Barber Vintage Festival. 

The 8th Annual Barber Vintage Festival drew a record crowd, promoter ZOOM Motorsports says, with 57,000-plus bike fans sharing the sights and sounds of vintage racing and shows during the three-day 2012 event. ZOOM says attendance for the Barber Vintage Festival grew by 11 percent, a significant uptick from last year’s attendance figures of 51,723.

That’s a lot of people by any reckoning, and even if those numbers include all event participants like vendors, AHRMA racers and other support staff, it’s still an impressive increase. Since its inception in 2005, the Barber Vintage Festival has witnessed stratospheric growth, and this year was no different. We well remember the first year, when an estimated 10,000 or so enthusiasts showed up. We were blown out of the water then with the quality and variety of the event, aspects that have only improved with every passing year.

Motorcycle Classics held its annual Barber Vintage Motorcycle Show, with Triumph motorcycles the featured marque. Top honors went to David Hurst for his beautifully restored 1966 Triumph Bonneville TT, which, we’re glad to note, he rode into our show to prove that it’s more than just another pretty face. David’s trophy was presented to him by none other than Triumph North America CEO Greg Heichelbech, who helped judge the Triumph class.

Barber 2012 Featured Triumph 
David Hurst (left) with Triumph North America CEO Greg Heichelbech after receiving the Best Triumph award for his 1966 Bonneville TT100. 

We also got to meet up with Alan Sayler, winner of this year’s Motorcycle Classics/Barber Vintage Festival Sweepstakes. Alan was more than a little chuffed by his good luck, telling us, “I’ve can’t believe I won! I’ve never been able to attend the festival.” Attend he did, thanks to Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, which handed Alan two tickets to the festival, a two-night hotel stay, weekend passes to the museum, plus Barber Vintage Festival hats and T-shirts. Pretty cool. Could be you next year.

greg barbre
10/20/2012 6:19:04 AM

I just retired and have time to attend motorcycles events and I wonder why so few of the events in the Back Side Down editorial in the Nov/Dec issue showed up in the Calender section this year. Also a comment on the "Even if it was burning" letter in the Readers and Riders section; I owned a 1989 V-Max and rode it for over 70000 miles for the same reason I owned the other 25 bikes in my life-because it was a helluva lot of fun,





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