Pinch Me: 2018 Barber Vintage Festival

Reader Contribution by Richard Backus
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Master frame builder and former Isle of Man racer Colin Seeley with Randy Baxter’s circa-1973 Seeley-framed Triumph Trident.

The Barber Vintage Festival is always something of a pinch-me event. Did all that really happen? Did I really meet and talk to famed frame builder Colin Seeley? Did I really ride an absolutely perfect 1982 Triumph Bonneville Royal? Did I really hang out with former Ducati-riding 1977 Daytona Superbike winner Cook Neilson? Yeah, I did, and you might have too if you were at the 14th Annual Barber Vintage Festival.

We haven’t seen any official attendance numbers, but we’d expect 2018 attendance to be about even with the past few years, meaning roughly 60,000-plus vintage bike fans on hand. That number is actually even more impressive when you consider this year’s weather; insufferably hot and humid on Friday and Saturday, and with absolutely zero air movement. The only reason we survived was thanks to Alabama resident and friend of the magazine Howard Boone, who after Friday’s intense heat returned on Saturday morning with a generator, a huge shop fan and two stand up fans to push air through our tent. Wow. Talk about going above and beyond — you saved us, Howard!

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