2017 Barber Vintage Festival: Norton Heaven

Reader Contribution by Richard Backus
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Barry Schanberger took our Best Norton award for his painstakingly restored 1968 Norton Commando Fastback. Photos by the Motorcycle Classics staff.

The iconic Norton Commando was our featured bike at the 13th Annual Barber Vintage Festival in Leeds, Alabama, Oct. 6-8, 2017, and 18 Nortons showed up for our show, including this first-year 1968 Commando Fastback belonging to Barry Schanberger. Meticulously restored, it took top honors, winning our Best Norton award.

It was hardly an easy decision for our judges, former Norton employee and Barber staffer Brian Slark, National Motorcycle Museum special projects director Mark Mederski, and vintage motorcycle scribe and former racer Alan Cathcart. The bikes on hand ranged from stunning specials to original riders to restored machines like Barry’s, all of them worthy of attention. But in the end, only one can win, and that was Barry’s ’68.

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